Today I felt a flesh fit coming on. The good news is I became aware of it rising up in me and the crisis was diverted. I know I’m not the only one that does this because we are all still in the flesh correct?
The New Testament tells us “Walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” What about those times temptation comes along and tries to pull you out of the Spirit? What is the solution? I think the solution is to turn to the Lord. I know you’re probably saying, “Well, that sounds well and good but how?” Let’s see if we can find out.
In the book of James he tells us to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials (temptations), knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” These couple of verses have always been amazing to me because they are so simple to read and yet not always that easy to do.
Today I think I received a little glimmer of what’s being said here. Whenever we are tempted in something the root cause seems to come from a sense of lack. When we are tempted it is Satan trying to pull us out by getting us to doubt or forget the wholeness we have in Christ. He is offering us something that appears to promise some sort of pleasure or fulfillment. You see, James tells us to let endurance have its way because when we are patient we will have the opportunity to look to the Lord and remember we aren’t missing anything. There is absolutely nothing to gain by biting on the temptation because we have all we need in Christ. This is why we are told to walk in the Spirit because that is where we have been made holy, blameless and beyond reproach in Christ. When we are being pulled from the outside it is only to get us out of the Spirit and into the flesh where we are sure to fall. Do you remember playing tag as a child and no one could tag you if you were touching home? The Spirit is like home base where the enemy can’t tag you. If the enemy can get you to step away from home though watch out because now you are free game.
At work today I said, “Have you ever felt like having a flesh fit? One guy told me he just goes ahead and has one. I want victory though; I don’t want the enemy to have free reign to manipulate me whenever he wants. I believe Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection paid enough, not only for me to go to heaven one day, but for me to live from victory to victory even now on the earth. The Bible tells us “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” That’s what I’m talking about! Another version says, “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through him who loved us.” What part of “more than” and “overwhelmingly” means I have to bow down to the dictates of the flesh and give in?
My prayer is the next time you are feeling a flesh-fit coming on you will take a minute to stop and let patience have its way. Don’t try to fight the temptation just simply turn your attention to Christ within and meditate on his goodness, holiness and perfection. Think about how God has already made you complete in his Son Jesus. The only reason that temptation holds any strength over you is because you are temporarily deceived into thinking it will give you some sort of satisfaction that can’t be found in Christ. This is where the lie of lack takes charge and we are drawn away into sin. There is absolutely nothing the world, flesh or the devil has that can bring us true fulfillment. Jesus Christ is all we need and we are complete in him.
Ephesians 1:4 “he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him.” NASB
Galatians 2:20 “It is no longer I who live, but Christ.” NASB
Colossians 2:10 “In him you have been made complete…” NASB
2 Peter 1:3 “seeing that his divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and excellence.” NASB
1 John 4:4b “greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.” NASB
Written by Louie