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Understanding and Overcoming Temptation (1 of 3)
We all struggle with temptation and will continue to battle the beast within for as long as we abide in our bodies that are tainted by the curse of sin. Look at a passage we examined earlier from Romans 7:18-25
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
This should be a great encouragement to us as individual Christians. The apostle Paul who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament lamented over the sin abiding in his flesh which continuously warred against his mind to bring him back into bondage to the flesh. Regardless of how deep your faith grows and how mature you grow in Christ, your flesh will continue to war against your mind and attempt to draw you back to walk according to the flesh. Most people try to overcome the flesh by our efforts in the flesh but this can only provide temporary success and is limited to human ability. Truly overcoming is to live according to the inner man created in Christ who is born after the Spirit. Look at Jesus' statement in John 3:
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Those who try to overcome the flesh by ...
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