Verse of the day.
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
It is easy to be self-aware. The body is what people see once they set eyes on you, not the soul, and definitely not the spirit. The devil, despite taking everything Job had, was not satisfied until he afflicted his body; for if Job could hide his problems with good smiles and good clothes, he would. But who can hide sores from the crown of their head to the soles of their feet? None. The body/flesh is easily the greatest cause of man’s falls. It has a mind of its own, separate from the spirit’s, fuelled by its desires (Matthew 26:41).
The battle against the flesh is not one for unbelievers. It is a battle for believers. The Christian life involves both freedom and discipline. Although this appears contrasting, it is not. Jesus came to free us from sin, self, death and a lot more, and discipline is required for us to remain free from these things.
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The flesh is susceptible to failings and if broken, can weaken the resolve of the believer to feed the spirit. This is why the devil goes after the flesh, heightening his attacks against those who are actively engaged in fulfilling the purposes of God on earth and against his systems.
The dictates of the flesh appear in several forms: pride, lust, anger and other such like. These often stem from a certain inordinate desire or disposition of the flesh; which is why it is important to continually decrease the operations of the flesh and increase that of the spirit. This is what confirms us as sons of God (Romans 8:14)
We must continually bring the flesh under subjection in our words and deeds that we might be worthy of the crown of life that awaits us. Wouldn’t it be shameful if after steering people to Christ, we ourselves are disqualified?
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I live above the law of sin in my flesh. I live in the light of Christ and by God’s Grace, put flesh under subjection; that Christ might increase and find full expression in me.
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