When Flesh is Big….

Posted on April 28, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

 “Which is easier: to sit with a bucket of butter-soaked popcorn and watch Tom Cruise on the big screen for two hours, or kneel and pray for five minutes? Tom Cruise wins hands down because there is literally no competition. What the flesh hates is God, so it resists anything that smacks of God-especially communion with Him.  The flesh can curl up by your side and watch mindless movies all night long. But let even the barest thought of meditations flutter into your mind, the flesh goes to Red Alert. Before you get past “Our Father,” your eyes, which were glued to the screen, now sag in sleepiness, and your attention, which was so fixed on the plot, now zips around the universe faster than the Starship Enterprise.

“The flesh’s hatred of God explains a lot.” (The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin~ by Kris Lundgaard).
Does this ring a bell?  When I read this a while back I began, perhaps for the first time, to realize that my flesh has it out for me.  Literally.  It is in self-protect mode.  It is very creative in finding ways to get its own way and all this time I was fairly oblivious to it.  Oh, I knew that I overeat, and doze off in prayer and wander hither and yon in my mind when I am trying to read the Bible, but I thought I was somehow different from most people I know.  I have been battling this for a long time and I am beginning to realize why I am seemingly losing the battle. MY FLESH.  Is it winning?  It seems to be.  Does it win? No.  Am I crucified with Christ? Yes.  My flesh didn’t get the memo.
My spirit desires God, my flesh resists God.
My spirit seeks God, my flesh avoids God.
My spirit wants to read the Bible, my flesh does not.
My spirit yearns for prayer, my flesh dozes off.
My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak.
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
I cry out with Paul, “Wretched (wo)man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Romans 7:24 () mine
I am going to sign off for now, but do not be discouraged.  There truly is victory in Jesus Christ and clarity and understanding is a necessary step to experiencing that victory.  “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32


Written By Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and provides ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

Think About This: “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” ― Christine Caine

The Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 13 , Esther 1-4| You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. –Proverbs 16:6-7

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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