Thought for the Day   #116

 

INNER CONFLICT

 

 

 

Galatians 5:16-17  (New American Standard Bible)

 

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.

 

 We fight a constant battle every day. We want to do the right thing, only to find ourselves doing that which is wrong. The sinful nature of the flesh is constantly demanding to have its own way. It wants us to give way to those things that are impure and ungodly.

 

“God, help me to do your will, I really want to do what is right” we pray. Never really understanding the turmoil within.

 

God answered our prayer before we prayed! He broke the bondage and power that sin holds over us. Jesus paid our debt to the law and its judgement at the cross. He bore our sin. He endured our pain. He redeemed us. We have a new life and spirit within.

 

You see; the work has been finished. Our righteousness has been purchased. Our redemption is established. The Remnant has been restored to fellowship. God has given the Spirit of Christ to us. (Romans 8:9-11) The redeemed of Israel have been set free from sin and its terrible yoke of bondage.

 

We are free! The righteous power of His spirit gives us the ability to choose. We can choose to walk in the purity of His righteousness or the ungodliness of our carnal (fleshly) desire.

 

It is our decision! We can decide to let the Spirit direct our life and its activity or we can walk in the unwholesome bondage of our natural desire. The great turmoil within can last only as long as we fight against doing the will of the God.

 

God gave us power to say “No” to sin! When we make the decision to walk in the Spirit, God immediately comes to our aid. He gives wisdom and insight that we might know the way of the Lord. His Spirit keeps us from being deceived. He will extend his strength and courage enabling us to resist temptation. His Spirit immediately alerts us to temptation and gives us power to reject it.

 

Prayer:

 

My blessed Heavenly Father. Thank you for breaking the shackles of sin that imprisoned me. Help me to understand that your work is complete. I know that all you have done is given to me freely. I know that I live in your grace and mercy. Instill your wisdom within me. I really want to serve you. Help me to have the courage to say “yes” to you and “No” to my sinful nature.

 

I want to be faithful in everything I do. I choose to abide in the power of your Spirit. I ask all this in the name of my redeemer, Jesus Christ, your only begotten Son. Amen.