The Problem With The Flesh
I begin this Hub thinking about a question that I was asked by a Sunday school teacher while visiting a friend’s church in Kentucky.
The question caught me off guard because I was tired from the long trip that I had endured to get there.
This Sunday school teacher asked me if I could be asked a personal question.
I almost wish he would have asked someone else because of the nature of the question.
I was asked to state to the class the sin that I had the most trouble with. Before I could think, the wonderful Spirit of God spoke these words in my spirit man.
They were simply “MY SELF”.
After giving some though to what God's Spirit had said unto me, I spoke loudly that every time I think that I have the old man conquered and buried, he seems to resurrect and this is usually without warning.
I then quoted the verse listed in Galatians 2cd chapter and 20th verse. I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live; and the life that I now live, I live by faith in Christ who loved me and gave himself for me.
This is a powerful illustration where the Apostle Paul made a brilliant presentation concerning the flesh and how it can be conquered. First, he was stating that he desired to live a crucified life and have the flesh under control but he realized that he was still alive in the flesh and still had fleshly desires trying to reclaim him and bring him into bondage.
He then realized that the wonderful Spirit of God had begun a work of regeneration in him and what he could not do and what he was not able to over come would be done for him by his faith in the finished work of Christ. This gives me some hope but what about the flesh when it comes to doing the Lord’s work.
Let’s go back and look at some patterns from the word of God and maybe we will get some better understanding on why the flesh must die. We need to reflect back to a time when the Israelites are fleeing from Egypt, having just crossed the Red Sea, and are attacked by the Amalekites.
Notice that the Amalekites had heard of Egypt's total defeat at the Red Sea and decided to take advantage of its usually more powerful neighbor's weakness.
Exodus 17:8 chronicles, "Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim." Deuteronomy 25:17-18 fills out the story:
"Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, howhe met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God."The Amalekites, not daring to take on the main host of Israel, attacked the tail end of the line, where the slow and weak plodded along.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."
(I Samuel 15:2-3) But Saul and the people spared Agag [king of the Amalekites] and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed"
God sent the prophet Samuel to tell Saul that He had rejected him as king, because he failed to execute Agag. Obviously, some Amalekites escaped Saul's army. Five centuries later, as recorded in the story of Esther, an evil man named Haman plotted genocide against the Jews in Persia during the reign of Xerxes. Haman was "the son of Hammedatha the Agagite" (Esther 3:1), probably directly descended from the Amalekite king Samuel killed.
The bottom line of this story is that Agag which is a type of the flesh must die.
We know God’s word teaches that they that are in the Flesh cannot please God.
We need to condition ourselves to be like a shadow.
Sometimes we cast a shadow that is larger than we are but have you ever noticed that if a car or truck runs over our shadow that it does not affect us.
This flesh and its unholy desires must die and there is only one way that can happen and that is by daily consecrating our selves before our Father God, spending quality time in his word and asking him to make our life count.
A dancing foot in the world and a praying knee does not fare well together.