A Willing Spirit

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But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. Galatians 5:16-17

There is an ongoing battle inside of me and you as well. My flesh(ly nature), wants to please itself. I want what I want first and foremost the things that please me. Often they are sensory- food, drink, the adoration and attention, etc. When I strive for these, I am not walking according to the Spirit. He is not in control of my life. If He were, I would treat others as myself. In doing so, I would have love, joy, and peace along with many other wonderful expressions of the Spirit filled life. So how do I win the battles? It starts in my mind. I must set my mind on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. In other words, I recognize His authority and victory and claim by faith that God will give me the same victory through the indwelling power of His Holy Spirit, who is alive in every believer.

What are the fleshly desires that threaten a Spirit filled life? How can I look unto Jesus moment by moment.

God, I thank you that I can fill my heart, mind, and very thoughts with Jesus’ words, promises, and example. Help me today recall to my mind the scriptures I have memorized and to consider Him who died for me. I desire to let You shine through my life.

The band Satellite Soul- really got a handle on this idea in their song “Say I Am”
“And I’m not as good as I say I am…
Won’t You take this man that remains to be
And nail him up and let him bleed and die
Let him die”.

Like the author, there are times when I want to do more than reckon the old man to be dead, I would just like to crucify him so all battles will be over and life led by the Spirit is all I know.

Full lyrics…
There’s an old man living here after all these years
Thought he’d been dead and gone
But he suddenly appears
And I am not so comfortable with him still around

‘Cause he has got a voice in me I have found
There’s a chance that I can take him down for good
It’s in giving in to what I know I should
And I wish I could, but

I’m not as smart as I think I am
I could lie, but I’ll tell the truth
And though I try, it’s just no use
I am a foolish, foolish man

And I’m not as good as I say I am
Won’t You take this man that remains to be
And nail him up and let him bleed and die
Let him die

I’ve seen this mystery and I felt no surprise
I’ve seen a life unfold and still been uninspired
There is no boundary to what I have abused
My pathetic wandering leaves me nothing but confused

And I could tell You that I’ve got it figured out
Rather stand in front of You and scream and shout
That without a doubt

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