Feeding the Spirit to Defeat the Flesh
The battle began at exactly 5:30 am. My body lay wrenched across my bed snuggled deep beneath my fluffy and ohhh soooo soft comforter. I heard the dreaded sound clanging like a fresh piece of chalk pressed against the board too tight. Quickly, I silenced the annoyance and turned my head back resting onto the fluffy cloud like pillow.
At 5:31 the fog began to lift as the battle continued.
“Get up!” I heard the insensitive voice call out in my head.
“No…stay right here and rest. It feels so nice. Besides, it’s really cold outside of the covers.”
The practical voice echoed back doing it’s best to convince me to enjoy the warmth, but the retaliation increased.
“I said get up!”
“Nope. Rest away. You deserve to sleep in. Enjoy the extra sleep.” The counterattack insisted.
“You promised Him” The front lines were moving in as the raging war intensified. “You don’t always keep your promises to Him.” The truth rang loud and clear.
“She is today so back off!”
“You are right! I did promise him, and I intend to keep it!” I whispered aloud hoping my husband didn’t hear me and think I was crazy. At that moment, I gently shoved the covers aside and rose out of bed. The enemy of the flesh had been defeated that day and the truth of the spirit had won.
Do you know that we are engaged in a war? The war we fight in is that of the spirit otherwise known as Spiritual warfare. God tells us “we do no wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places“(Ephesians 6:12).
The battle I found myself engaged in that morning was not the first of my flesh and spirit nor will it be the last.
In Galatians, Paul speaks of the battles we encounter on a daily basis. “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For 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” (16-17). For “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (24-25).
Father God, help me to choose daily to walk not according to my flesh, but to my Spirit. Help me to feed my spirit more than I feed my flesh.
So, which one will you feed more your spirit or your flesh?