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Grace Moments Devotions - July 30, 2020

July 30
Personal civil war
Pastor Mark Jeske

Some people kind of enjoy drama and conflict. Not me. I hate it. I don’t like the feeling of tension in my gut. I don’t like having to look over my shoulder all the time. I flee from discomfort and pain and get no joy in inflicting them on others.

It distresses me that for my entire life on this planet I will be a walking civil war. And like it or not, you, like me, are a walking schizophrenic. There are two minds within us, locked in mortal combat for control. St. Paul calls these two internal adversaries “flesh” (bad) and “Spirit” (good): “The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Galatians 5:17,18).

Every day you and I must wage war. Nothing will come easy. The reborn Christian in us must assert control of our personal value system, must choose to be informed and guided by God’s Word, and must daily rebuke and suppress our sinful appetites and lusts. But here is greatly encouraging news: God’s mercy triumphs over judgment. His law no longer condemns us.

One day the war will be over. In the meantime, God has sent reinforcements. His Word gives us his Spirit, our greatest ally in our personal civil war.

You might thank him today.

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