by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday June 12, 2005
The Struggle of the FleshEphesians 2:1-10
The part of man that is called "the flesh" can surface at any time in many different ways. However, there is one thing that we can know for sure, and that is the goal of the flesh is to elevate self. The reason we call it the flesh is because it has to do with our fallen nature, which is in direct opposition to the things of God.
The fleshly attitudes within us can become quite obvious. They always prompt us to seek to be heard first and noticed above those around us.
In dealing with the flesh, we quickly discover that not only does the flesh want its way, but also it becomes indignant if others do not agree with it.
The flesh cannot be improved, disciplined, changed, or redeemed. It is the part of man that represents the fallen state of Adam. Only God can successfully deal with the flesh, and He has done this by eliminating its power. Jesus has overcome the power of every fleshly action that we struggle against.
When we pray and confess our need for Christ, He comes to us and abides with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are no longer under the rule of the flesh.
No longer are we reduced to pushing, planning, and plotting to be noticed or to attain worldly treasures. The very best is ours because we belong to almighty God. And His love for us is everlasting.
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