“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:17).

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Just a short post today. Anyone who interprets Romans Chapter 7 as the Apostle Paul excusing sin couldn’t be further from the truth this I am absolutely convinced. Especially taking into account what Paul writes prior to, as well as directly after, I have come to see Romans7 as not only a recognition of the rebellion that is always present in the flesh, but also substantiates the war, between the spirit and the flesh. “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires” (Romans 8:5). “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:17). And we see this opposing reality playing out throughout scripture. I have also come to believe, the Spirit has shown me, in large part, from my own experience, that there is more to putting to death the deeds of the flesh than one may think. Just as sin leads to spiritual death, righteousness appears to a take a toll on the flesh. No wonder the flesh resists God so much, and it is that unyielding resistance, at least in part, that Romans Chapter 7 is talking about. Brothers and sisters, don’t be discouraged when you’re tempted; temptation, and other trials, physical stress and discomfort, will come, but we live with a new confidence that Christ has overcome them all. For John 4:4 reminds us that we are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in us is greater than He who is in the world. My last post about Romans Chapter 7 A Bona Fide Romans Chapter 7 Mess wasn’t too far off from this one, so maybe circumstances warranted a reminder.

These days, stress is hitting me from all directions, so much so, that if I didn’t have Jesus, I feel as though I might drown. I’m recognizing that although my spirit is at peace, my flesh is suffering, rebelling is probably a better description. Fortunately, Jesus is my saving grace in more ways than one. I sense his presence, and I know, despite my shortcomings, mistakes, and weaknesses, that his good purpose is being fulfilled. This is my journey. Amen! I hope that someone else needed this reminder today as well. God has not left you.

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