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It was one of those moments when I found myself overwhelmed with a desire to lash out, to hurt them because I saw the hurt being caused by them upon others. I wanted to use what is in me to do injury, to bring retribution for the wrong done. Yes, a bit of confession here. Except God, His will seized me and reigned me in. You know this struggle don’t you, I am certain I am not alone in this. The apostle Paul knew this struggle as well. That internal spiritual struggle to do what is right, despite sin’s pull.

Romans 7:18-25 “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good {is} not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”

I have heard some say it is like there are two dogs at war within us, and what it comes down to is which dog you will feed, and which dog you will starve. Yet I think, it is not this. Rather it is a matter of surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, or giving way to the carnal desires instead. Either I continually seek God, continually fascinate myself with God’s word, and lose myself in prayer to God, or my carnal desires gain strength instead.

Galatians 5:16-17 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

It is a walk the apostle says, not a place we arrive, it is a continual working of it out in our lives. Either we continue in it, or we lose spiritual strength and stamina. It is not a sit, it is a walk, and we must get up and do.