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The Flesh Craves Destruction

Following the flesh will wreck your life!

Unforgiveness. Strife. Blame-shifting. Pride. Sarcasm. Profanity. Envy. Complaint.

If there were restaurants in Hell (which there aren’t, but bear with me), the items above would be top menu entrees. I put it this way because sinful, hateful, back-biting ways that lead to death are what the flesh (or the natural man) desires the most. The flesh craves only the qualities, characteristics, and behavior that are destructive.

The unredeemed (unsaved) nature will NEVER want anything truly good for you. Never.

To that, you might say, Well, the natural man wants food, and my body needs food to live. That sounds like a good thing until you invite the flesh to a buffet dinner. What would the natural man eat if he/she had total control there? Only desserts. The unredeemed nature would go straight to the cakes, pies, and ice cream to fill its bowls and plates; then, it would eat itself sick. No meat, fish, or vegetables of any kind would be ingested by it; only the things leading to weight-gain and bad health.

Behavioral and spiritual things work the same way. To believe God or not believe – the flesh never believes. To swear or not to swear – the flesh swears. To complain or not complain – the flesh complains. Sex before marriage or not – the flesh will fornicate every time. If a path doesn’t lead to ruin, the flesh wants no part of it. Why? Because the flesh was sold out to the enemy in the Garden of Eden. Via Adam’s betrayal of God, the ground was cursed. Our flesh was formed from “the dust of the ground”. Therefore our flesh, per se, is cursed and headed for the grave. The soul can be redeemed from the curse – when Christ Jesus enters our lives through repentance and acceptance of Him – but the flesh we’re born in will NEVER be saved. It can’t be renovated, it must be completely changed (See 1 Corinthians 15:51-54). The Lord will completely replace our current bodies with glorified ones that are not “of” this world any more than our new inner-man is. Hallelujah!

You might ask, How can I know when I’m doing God’s will or the will of the flesh? Well, let me ask you this: What are you craving? If you fulfill that craving, where will it lead?

If what you desire is righteousness, peace, and joy in Holy Spirit, it is of God and will lead to life; it is not of the flesh. However, if you’re wanting revenge against an enemy, or you’re lusting after someone’s husband or wife, or you’re seriously considering overeating, overspending, or giving someone “a piece of your mind”, beware! ALL of those things are of the flesh and will lead you to disaster. Only the sinful nature of humanity enjoys such troublesome nonsense, because the flesh craves destruction.

Pray with me:

Heavenly Father, we submit our hearts, thoughts, and actions to You. Please lead us in the ways of righteousness and enable us to turn away from feeding the flesh. Empower us by Your Spirit to starve all sinful ways to death, in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Name. Amen.

Free Will is Powerful

My latest book discusses the negative and positive impact of free will on each life. Especially pertaining to God and our choices, free will makes the difference between eternal life and death. But let’s target spiritual things here.

For example, did you know that your free will and your walk with Jesus Christ can work together to totally defeat the enemy every time he slithers up to you with attacks and temptations? It’s true!

Child of God, your mind is your mind, and you have the God-given right to think ONLY the thoughts you want to think. Your body has been dedicated to the Lord of your own FREE WILL; therefore, you have been granted grace to choose righteousness. By God’s power, you can call on Holy Spirit and God’s angels to assist you in resisting the devil, every time!

Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16

All you have to do – of your own free will – is use your mind and soul to CHOOSE NOT TO BE DOMINATED by the enemy or your flesh. Make the decision to walk (or live) in the righteousness of God, and you will be helped by Holy Spirit not to fulfill the lusts (or cravings) of the flesh. You have it in your power to uproot every wicked deed and desire by coupling God’s power with His gift of your own free will.

In Christ, YOU are in the driver’s seat regarding who you will obey – NOT the devil. Let Jesus take the reins of your existence and indulge yourself in the things of His Spirit. Continue in His word, and your attitudes will not gravitate to the cruelties and disobedience of the flesh; rather, you will rejoice as your burgeoning desires to go ever higher in Jesus make you stronger each day. Works of the flesh will be abhorrent to you.

I bear living witness to the truth that God can and will effect mighty change within you when you say NO to the enemy and YES to God – all of your own free will.

AMEN! So be it, in Jesus’ Name!

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