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Preparing for War (3 of 21)
Series: The Promise of a Sound Mind
The Bible states, the flesh wars against our minds and attempts to bring us back into bondage. This means our flesh rises up and attempts to dominate our ways of thinking based on a physical standard. Life is more than getting what we want, experiencing temporary pleasures, and acquiring things. It is more than getting our way and retaliating for wrongs.
If the flesh could satisfy, the rich would be content, the beautiful would be confident, and the selfish would be happy. But history has proven true the words of scripture, "The eyes of man are never satisfied." However, those who live by faith truly experience the words of the imprisoned Apostle Paul, "I've learned to be content, whatever the circumstance."
Even when we experience godly peace and true contentment, our flesh still waits for the opportunity to take advantage of a moment of weakness in order to reintroduce its futile way of thinking. The flesh is in bondage to a temporal world.
Life in the flesh is a brief moment. It should be no surprise that the flesh, which is temporal, is bound by a way of thinking which is only based upon the here and now. So even if you understand the reality of eternity, you'll still be tempted to fall back into the old ways of thinking.
Don't be surprised if you struggle. We all struggle. Today's victory will not be tomorrow's victory. Each day is a new battle. Though the war never ends, the promise that we are more than conquerors becomes a reality.
The Bible often uses the illustration of war when it comes to the Christian life. The war is not against people or outward things, but it's fought within our own flesh.
There are two sources we battle against. One is described in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the ...
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