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The Flesh

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The Flesh

Who we want to be, we are not able to be.

For the person whose one desire it is to glorify God, the flesh is a cruel taskmaster that will never stop attacking us in this life. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:25) It seems at best a contradiction in terms to us, and to the lost it would be grounds for committal in their eyes, to say that our mind, our deepest desire is not able to battle effectively with our flesh, that which has no mind, that which is no more than a tool that we use to move about on this planet. We are as men divided.

When people go insane, when they perform acts that go against the construct that the majority of people on the planet see as the agreed upon rational thoughts that we are all supposed to have, the terminology that they use is that they have lost their mind, you generally don’t speak of someone who see things we normally do not see by saying that they have lost their flesh.

There is a part of us that all those who have been crucified with Christ do not want, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19) This is another way that the Holy Spirit used Paul to explain it to us, whether we will admit it or not, there is a part of us that doesn’t care, we don’t care about people or what happens to them, at times, even those we love hold no real value to us, we, ourself is all that matters, and yes, there are times that we wish that God would just leave us alone so that we could, without any thought to the consequences, fulfill the lust of our eyes and flesh, so that our pride could swell up, and we could recognize the greatness in ourselves.

This part of us is in every born-again believer, and you may try as you might, but you cannot deny or escape the flesh, the Scriptures are quite clear about this.

The pull of the flesh caused thousands to come to Christ to be healed of their infirmities, but the mind of John the Baptist was at ease while he was in Herod’s prison, all he wanted to know was if Jesus Christ was indeed the Messiah, his flesh was subdued with the assurance of that knowledge.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Here is the power of the Holy Spirit in those who will allow Him to do the work inside of them that is necessary to keep the body under subjection (1 Cor. 9:27) and here is where many who are indeed saved fail miserably.

They attempt by their own will power, by their own strength to deny the flesh and its desires, they attempt to bury those feelings, those emotions and urges instead of bringing them into the light to be chained, not disposed of, for that will not happen until we are glorified, but bound in such a manner as to not be our master any longer. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)

Here is the reason that most churches have turned Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,” into a private matter, at best only to be discussed with a trusted pastor, and then only when absolutely necessary, but not with those that are very close to us, they must not know that these thoughts are a part of us, and so those burdens are not shared as the Scriptures command.

It’s the reason Christian phycologists exist, because we will not ask for help within our Christian family to carry those burdens that every single one of them also carries. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)

We hate these parts of us, but the flesh is a burden that must be carried, it is in a sense one of our crosses, and all who have been saved by the grace of God carry this cross, sadly though just not in front of anyone else. Most will not even admit them to the Lord, much less the one they say they love the most, embarrassment overrides the desire for assistance.

Until you recognize the truth of these words, you will carry that burden yourself, you will bear that weight alone, and you will spend your life as the prodigal son did on his walk back home, wondering how he could ever be accepted again, never realizing that all was forgiven before he even left home.

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