“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” –Romans 12:2
There are two parts to man—the spirit and the natural. The natural part of man is what the Bible often refers to as our “flesh.” I realize my flesh will never be satisfied. Man was created to walk in the Spirit but our flesh calls us to darkness and wishes for us to remain there. Lust by nature and definition cannot be satisfied. Our carnal lusts will continually want more. It is only through Christ that we can walk in the Spirit and seek the will of God in our lives.
The Chuck Smith commentary on this verse states: “Many people seek to relate man to animals, because they want to live like them. Animals don’t possess a spirit and live solely on a body-conscious level. So, the man who wants to feel free of any responsibility to God disclaims his spiritual capacities and proclaims himself a highly evolved animal. He’s constantly searching for the missing link between himself and the ape. Natural man does have a missing link, but it’s not between man and the animal kingdom, but between man and God. Man, once created in the image of God, has fallen from the spirit-controlled being he once was to the flesh-controlled creature he has become.”
Once we have tasted the goodness of the Lord our spirit is never content unless we are walking in the will of God. If we are Christians but led by our flesh, then we are not walking in the will of God and this will only bring confusion, bondage, strain, depression and discontent. That is not the joy the Bible talks about. Jesus offers a way out and a way to freedom—it’s called being a disciple. The way to freedom is to simply follow Jesus, so what do we have to do to be a disciple of Jesus?
Jesus said: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Be strong today and be encouraged because Christ is with you! When your flesh calls you to darkness rely on the power of Christ and His word to lead you from temptation.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
Glory to God and Christ our Savior!