SOME DAYS ARE A BLOODY BATTLE. Yesterday was a good day, today is a new day and brings with it its own struggles and problems. But I am prepared for whatever may come my way. I understand that as long as I am in this flesh, I will have to do battle.

There is a battle taking place in my flesh. My flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit is against my flesh. Most days I am led by the Spirit, but some days I give myself over to the flesh and the bloody battle begins and doesn’t end until my head hits my pillow at night. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 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.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16-17

‬ ‭The flesh wants to win, but I refuse to give in to my sinful nature. That old man of sin is not allowed a visit and there’s no way I am returning to my vomit. The desire for worldly things like success and the lust of the flesh are powerful tools of the enemy.

Satan will seduce the mind and dangle promises to the heart. He tells me, “you can be like God, just do what you want to do” as he tickles my ears. Paul tells us that he beat his body into submission like a boxer training for the fight of his life. (1 Cor 9:26-27) He recognized the great possibility that he may fail to get the prize if he should stop living a holy life unto the Lord, exercising self control, discipline and enduring hardship like a good soldier of Jesus. He understood the bloody battle.

I told someone the other day, grace is not given to live a life of sin and claim”forgiven”; but grace has been given so you have the power to overcome sin. Are you in the fight? Are you in the bloody battle against your flesh and the enemy of your soul? You cannot give in and you cannot quit!

The good news is you don’t have to fight alone, He gives you strength to overcome. “For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.” Psalms‬ ‭18:39‬ ‭“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:1-2‬ ‭

The enemy does not need to come in and wreak havoc on your life to destroy you. He just has to seduce you into living life on your own terms according to your fleshly desires, and you will destroy yourself. In Christ, we will overcome. In Christ, we are more than a conqueror. In Christ, we have strength for today. He never said it was easy, but He promises to help and strengthen us for the battle. You can gripe and complain, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain- and most fools do.” (Ben Franklin), or you can stand fast, discipline your mind and flesh and get in the bloody battle. Your soul is at stake. #runyourrace

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