When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, it wasn’t an easy transition for me. I was 22 and struggled so much in doing what was right in the sight of God. I was what Paul referred to as a babe in the spirit in 1 Corinthians 3:2-3 for a few years.
“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?.”
It was easy for me to give up my previous lifestyle of fornicating, partying and drinking. I had no desires to tell lies, kill or steal. I once cursed like a sailor and Jesus cleansed my speech. One would think those are the things most people find hard to give up. But for me I gave it up with no questions asked as truth was revealed to me I got immediate deliverance from it. I don’t know how but the Lord took away the desire to live this way. The old me died, and I became a new creation.
You might be thinking, then what was the problem? For years my biggest challenge as a believer was and sometimes still is my fleshly desires it has gotten much better as I grow in the spirit. At the time my flesh wanted what was contrary to my spirit as a new believer. I knew I had to change my ways, habits, and attitude. I knew the anger, hatred, jealousy, malice in my heart was not pleasing to God, but it was so hard to let it go. In the beginning, I read about the fruit of the spirit in Galatian 5:22-23 however, it seemed like I would never walk in the fruit of spirit because of these “minor sins.” The funny thing is God counts these sins as the same as fornication or murder. Sin is sin!
” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentlenesses, self-control. Against such, there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” NKJV
I would recite Galatian 5:22 day after day, but it did not work. I would still roll my eyes at the person who looked at me funny. I was still angry at things from years ago, and there was no way the Holy Spirit could dwell in this messy temple of mines.
I felt like someone else was living inside of me and I was a spectator of my life. Why? Because I was doing things, I didn’t want to do. I did not want to lose my temper or get angry when things did not go my way. But I was doing it; I felt out of control, and I would get mad at myself for not being able to walk in righteousness. It was hard to love those who spitefully used me, give cheerfully, love unconditionally, forgive, etc.
The desires of the flesh are every believer’s daily battle. We struggle with doing what is right. We struggle to live according to the word of God because of our fleshly desires. We need the “body” so we can’t kill the “flesh, ” but I have learned we can subdue it. I have learned to overcome my flesh with the word of God and through prayer. The things I find myself struggling with I take it to God in prayer. It is my daily prayer for God to give me the grace to walk in obedience. As I yield myself to the Holy Spirit, may He also give me the grace to overcome the desires of my flesh in Jesus name.
Here are five scriptures that have helped me to overcome my fleshly desires in my walk. I pray that you meditate on each scripture daily and apply it to every temptation that may come your way.
- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
- “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
- ” When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Luke 22:40
- “ 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
- “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Learn to bring your fleshly desires before God in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit for help. He is there to help us in times of weakness. God knew we would not be able to do it on our own. Remember He sent us a comforter!
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