“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”
In this spiritual battle against the world, the devil, and the flesh, we can oftentimes be our own biggest enemies. In Exodus 17, God called the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness toward Canaan.
Reading this story as Christians, we see Egypt represents the world, Pharaoh the devil, and Canaan the victorious life. There are four principles of victory found in this passage. Yesterday, we looked at one, God’s provision, and two, His purpose.
Third, we must respect the problem. (See Galatians 5:17.) As the Amalekites came against the Israelites in their weakest moments, the flesh will come up against us in our journey to the “promised land.”
Finally, we must remember the great principle: Victory is God-given. We overcome the flesh by the power of God. Holiness is not the way to Christ; Christ is the way to holiness. When you take the rod of God, which is the Word, the Power, and the Spirit of God, and hold it high, you will see victory.
• Where do you currently feel the pull of your flesh?
• How might you pursue God and His Word to fight against the flesh?
Take practical steps in the fight against your flesh today. Spend time in the Word and prayer, trusting God for victory over the world, the devil, and the flesh.