Jesus taught us that the spirit is willing and ready but the flesh is weak, Mark 14:38; Matt 26:41. Jesus prayed three times before he was arrested and crucified, asking the Father to take away the cup from Him or spare him from going to the cross, but ended each prayer with the words “nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt..”

Jesus’s spirit was willing and ready to die on the cross but his flesh was not because the spirit is perfect but the flesh is imperfect.

Jesus’ solution to his weakness was prayer. He prayed to the Father until his flesh was suppressed. All struggles between the flesh and the spirit should be taken to God in prayer because he is your strength. Be honest with God. Let him know what is going on and ask Him for help.

In Romans, chapter 7, the Apostle Paul also raised our awareness of the relationship between the flesh and the spirit. He said that there is a law in our flesh called the law of sin which struggles against the law of our mind which is connected to the spirit, which causes us to do wrong when we want to do right.
Romans 7:18-20 tells us,
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

He, therefore, gives us the solution for this struggle, he said to walk in the Spirit. To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit. To mind the things of the Spirit by keeping our minds on the things of God and the word of God, and also to mortify the deeds of the body through the Spirit. The Bible tells us if we do these things we will live.

Romans 8:12 tells us, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

The life that God wants His children to live should not be lived through our imperfect flesh but through His perfect Spirit. The Apostle Paul tells us that if we live after the flesh we will die, but if we through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live. This is how we overcome the weaknesses of our imperfect flesh and live because even though we are in the Spirit and the Spirit of God dwells in us we do not always allow the Spirit to lead us.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you
Evangelist K. Michael



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