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Friday, November 22, 2019
Daily Devotion: In Conflict with Ourselves
Bible Reading: Galatians 5:1-17
Key Verse: Verse 15 – "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."
Key Words: and these are contrary the one to the other
Have you ever had a conflict between your flesh and your spirit? Self-conflict can be one of the worst of all conflicts.
Years ago cars were not as sophisticated as they are now. When the power steering fluid level was good, turning the wheel was a breeze with one finger. When your power steering fluid got low, you’d have to force the wheel to turn. You’d have to pull and tug. It wasn’t natural. The pull of the wheel back to the center was so strong that without power steering, when you’d take your hands off the wheel, it would snap back to its neutral position.
Some of our lives are like this. We pull and tug trying to make ourselves better and different. After awhile we get tired and go right back to where our bodies are naturally programmed to be. That is what happens when you try to fix the “body of this death” (Romans 7:24) through human effort. It is naturally bent to sin.
So it is always going to go back there. Once you take your hands off of it for one minute, it is going to roll right back to its natural bent.
So the conflict between flesh and spirit will continue. It has existed since Adam and will until the Lord returns; but as for me, I’d rather just obey the Lord and live without the conflict.
What to do:
✞ It’s always wise to remember that a double-minded man is unstable (in conflict) in all his ways.
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