How Flesh and Sin influences the believer's life
How do you Handle Hunger and Thirst of the Flesh
One day, a young man, came home from the fields dying of thirst. He quickly went to the tap to quench the striking thirst only to find the taps dry. He ran around the whole compound of his homestead trying to look for water to no avail. He went to the kitchen to see if his wife had kept some water for a rainy day. However, all that his wife said was, “The taps ran dry since last night”. He felt like would surely die as the thirst was unbearable. What to do? There was totally no water in the whole place. Then, suddenly, he had a brilliant idea. He grabbed a clear glass and ran to the garage where he kept his automobile supplies and spares. He quickly opened a box and came out with a bottle labeled ‘Sulphuric Acid’. With a wide smile in his face, he poured the liquid into the glass and lifted it to the light of the garage door. It was clear as crystal, and he got all the more thirsty. Ignoring the caution label that said ‘corrosive’, he gobbled the liquid quickly and waited for that feeling of satisfaction one feels on taking a cold drink. What feeling do you think he got? If you found him writhing on the floor, what would you say to him?
Are Your Methods Legitimate
More often than not, God watches as we act like this young man. The five senses of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch are our aid to knowing the needs of our bodies – the flesh.That is why we have nerves in our bodies to help us feel these needs when they arise. Thirst for water is a very legitimate need, but satisfying it with Sulfuric Acid is not only illegitimate but foolish. In the same way, the need for love and affection is legitimate, since God put it in us. But satisfying that with immorality is illegitimate. As long as we shall live in this world, even as Christians, sensual needs will never leave us. Salvation does not kill our nerves; neither does our flesh get born again. That makes our fleshly needs legitimate. However, how we meet these needs; legitimately or illegitimately is what breeds sin. The devil knows this fact very well and, he has devised ways to help us satisfy our sensual needs. He has devised every manner of illegitimate fulfillment each of which is customized to his own end. It is these needs that the devil tried to appeal to when he tested Jesus. Every satisfaction trade marked by the devil is very pleasing to the eye; just like acid would look crisp in a clear glass. Proverbs 9:17 says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.”
Learn to Deal with The Old Man
The Flesh constitutes your physical body, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away" (I Peter 1:24). There is a struggle that goes on within us all the time, as the flesh (Old Man) is always bent towards sin, while the renewed man (Renewed Spirit) is receptive of Godliness. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Rom 7:18-19).When we satisfy the needs of the flesh illegitimately, we fall into sin, and that leads to death. It is the devil’s work to ensure we do this. The Bible teaches us to live here on earth, as human beings, with physical bodies, in a Godly way, and this leads to life. The flesh is not conscience and, therefore, does not get born-again. Actually, the flesh is by nature bent towards satisfying its own lust by whatever means. That is why the Bible says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:19-20). It is therefore paramount on us to know how to handle the lusts of the flesh and live a life that pleases God. The Bible is our light in the dark path of fleshly passions.
Biblica, Inc. (n.d.). Romans 7:18-19. Retrieved August 24, 2012, from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%207:18-19&version=NIV