Victory: When the Spirit slays the flesh!
What is “the flesh?” Our emotion-driven self-centered human nature. The flesh whines in self-pity, writhes in self-induced agony, and wants what it wants. The end result? Misery. Depression. Destructive decisions.
God knows what will really satisfy the human heart. He created us to have fellowship with Him. Apart from that connection, there is no true, lasting happiness. When we determine to say “No” to the flesh, the Spirit, with divine authority and power, moves against the forces that seek to drag us down into a pit of despair. He lifts us up. He conquers the deadly disease of “meitis.” He frees us from self and ushers us into the joy that only comes from linking our hearts with the will of God.
It’s not what others do to us; it’s what we do to ourselves that produces darkness in the soul. That inner dragon must be slain, and the Spirit does it, using the mighty Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
More than conquerors? Yes! Through Him— the One who holds the key to our inner prison. The One who speaks to the storm. The One who releases us from the shroud of death itself. The Giver of peace. Jesus.
Is it a struggle? Yes! The apostle Paul declared as much. The flesh is at war with the Spirit. But when we side with the Spirit, the victory is assured. We win when we surrender our will to His.