Still struggling with the beast within? Here is some help….
For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
Have you ever found yourself regretting something you did, and with all your heart repenting and promising you will never do it again just to turn around and repeat the act later? I’ve known numerous Christians who curse, smoke, lie, etc… only to repent and seek God for change through prayer, but never change. If they do change, it is usually initiated as a result of pressure or pain entering there life, but once the pain is gone or ignored, and the pressure is off they return to their “old ways”. This happens not because they never received salvation, but because they haven’t gone through the process of change in that area of their life.
For the believer, change is a product of human effort sustained by divine help. Nowhere in scripture does God promise to change us; that’s our job. He does promise that He will be there every step of the way to help (John 14:16).
In order to change there are a few things you must understand about your flesh:
- Your flesh can never be tamed, only trained. The moment you remove the discipline of training is the moment your flesh begins the “take over” process. You must crucify it daily!
- Your flesh is an enemy of God (Romans 8:7); nothing done in your flesh pleases God no matter how “good” others say it is. If it was your flesh, God is not glorified.
- To control your flesh requires a renewing of the mind. Renewing the mind is the process of getting the mind to release the old way of thinking (sinful nature) and receiving the new way (the mind of Christ). That lesson is coming soon.
- Your flesh is weakened only when it is starved, not ignored. If you continue to feed you carnal nature, it will always be in control.
Examine the area of your life that you need to change the most. Then apply the principles of change in that area. Here is what I call the 4 D’s of Change:
Desire: The product of association. Run with people who have your answer and away from those who have your problem.
Decision: The product of the situation you are in. You are where you are as a result of the decisions of yesterday. Decide to change today; it is the doorway to your future.
Determination: The product of your will to succeed. The human will is the strongest thing on earth. Use it to make failure a non-option.
Discipline: The product of enforced obedience. To discipline your flesh you must see it as a beast of burden, an animal that is out to kill you if you don’t keep on top of it. (I Corinthians 9:27)
If you apply these four principles of change, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will begin to see victory in that targeted area of your life.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.