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THE ENEMY WITHIN

“Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness after his own image, and named him Seth” (Gen. 5:3 NKJV)

Every man born into this world has a sin nature and a seed of disobedience inside of him, he also has a sentence of death in his flesh, which leads to an inclination to only want to live or please himself, he is selfish by nature.

When we give our life to Christ, we do not automatically lose our sin nature which is in us.  On a daily basis, there is a continuous struggle going on in our lives between our spirit man and our flesh, for what we will to do, that we do not practice; but what we hate, that we do (Rom. 7:15).  Our “real” self which is our spirit is “housed” in our body (flesh), does not want to sin, but it is sin that dwells in our flesh that propels us to sin (Rom. 7:17).

There is nothing good in our flesh (Rom. 7:18) and when the flesh is not fully submitted to God as a living sacrifice which God has accepted (Rom. 12:1), spiritual death is inevitable (Rom. 6:23).  There is a sentence of death in our flesh and until the inner man is equipped with the word of God, the flesh will continue to prevail.  Those who are controlled by their sinful nature cannot please God (Rom. 8:7-8) because it prevents them from being able to love and fellowship with God.

Man in collaboration with Satan, naturally opposes God because of the sin nature he carries in his flesh.  Unfortunately, Man continues to spend a large sum of money, resources and time to take care of the flesh that will not please God to the neglect of the spirit man.

The greatest gift we can give God is to allow God’s light to shine through us.  We are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14 & Phil. 2:15).  Because we lack the power to change our sin nature by ourselves, God had to sent His Son, through whom we have received a new divine nature, through the Spirit which dwells inside of us (1 Cor. 2:12) to power our life and making us desire the things of God, by basing our decisions on the leading of the spirit and not the flesh (1 Cor. 2:12-16).

We must recognize the transformation that has now occurred inside of us.  We now have a divine nature (Ezek. 36:27), and since we are now carriers of God’s spirit we can no longer join the multitude to do evil, for we are different.  We must renew our mind, by taking on the mind of Christ, to enable us find out what the word of God is in a particular situation.  We are not to be moved by the seeing and hearing of our flesh, but instead our focus must be on what the word of God says concerning us.  We must therefore position ourselves and be where God expects us to be.  God’s plan is for us to have an expected end, in partnership with Him.  God will never leave nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5) for He has inscribed us in the palms of His hands (Isa. 49:16).

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