But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts). Romans 13:14[Amp]
The flesh is the thought process that goes directly against the Word of God. (Romans 8:7) There is nothing good done in the flesh and neither does it please God. Many of us would like to attribute our fleshly or carnal behavior to impulse or instinct. However, I find the contrary to be truth. Most of our carnal behavior is a result of provision that, if that provision were removed, we would not have acted in that manner.
The Greek word for provision is “pronoia” which literally means forethought & care. Webster’s dictionary defines provision as “to make preparation for and to supply.” Making provision for our flesh literally means to provide for carnal behaviors through forethought. Everyone has some evil desires that their carnal nature is bent toward. For some it may be addiction, others it may be lying, greed, unforgiveness, sexual immorality, etc.. No matter what the issue is the desire for it is birthed in our carnal thinking. We make provision for the flesh when we give it continued, extended thought better known as meditation.
When we meditate on our desires it invites the flesh into the decision making process. We become prone to override rational thinking, we discount the high cost of our behavior, and we become blinded to the impact of our actions on others. Meditation can draw a picture of pure pleasure and totally mask the imminent pain. Meditation is the provision the flesh needs to intoxicate our minds to the delight of sin and cloak its somber consequences.
The above passage of scriptures admonishes us to stop providing for the flesh. Stop meditating on your carnal cravings & desires. Stop thinking about it! Now I know it is easy to get caught up into a stream of thought and before you know it your conscience has taken you to a place you should not be. The Word not only commands, but it also empowers us not to go there.
Here are a few suggestions on how to employ the Word to work for you:
Give yourself conscious interrupts.
Meditation occurs like a stream of thought that paints a picture on the canvas of your imagination. Before you know it, your mind is looking at your desire. Break the flow of thoughts by verbalizing the Word. Each time the Word is spoken, a new picture is painted.
Evict the enemy from your thought life.
If you cannot control your thoughts you may have developed a stronghold. Strongholds are deeply ingrained thought patterns that are formed through a preponderance of thought and repetitious action. Sinful strongholds are demonically influenced. You have the power to break strongholds and eject any satanic encroachment through the power of prayer and the Word of God.
Renew your mind with the Word of God.
If you spend more time repeatedly meditating on the Word, surrounding yourself with reminders of God’s Word and people you believe are seeking God, you will create more experiences with God. The more experiences you with have with God, the more He will begin to consume your thought life.
If you will be consistent with this pattern, you will find yourself making more provision for the Word of God and no provision for the flesh.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.