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A Battle Wages
by Karen McKenney
11/16/07
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A Battle Wages

Galatians 5:17-18

I used to wonder if the Christian life truly worked. I would look at the Scriptures and then at my life, and they did not always match. Most people have the idea that the Christian life does not work out the way the Bible says it does, but I could not be content with doubting God's Word. So I fasted and prayed, confessing everything I could think to acknowledge. Still, I believed I was missing something.

I discovered the real reason my Christian life was not working according to Scripture: I had been overlooking one very important truth, a truth that would ultimately transform my life of faith from a burden to a buoyancy. The problem was coming from within me. That is, our greatest troublemaker is our flesh. The main cause of defeat for the believer is the propensity to sin.

We have a new nature when we are saved. But Scripture reveals that, because of the way our thinking has been "programmed," we retain certain desires that do not fit a child of God. These attitudes and yearnings may come and go for the rest of our life, but our desires no longer define who we are. We are new creatures in Christ because He broke the power of the flesh. Therefore, we cannot live the Christian life without God. A battle wages between the Holy Spirit and our flesh, and the only way to win is to allow Jesus Christ to live through us.

~Karen McKenney
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Don Beers 18 Nov 2007
I've read two of your articles so far and I have to say that you have, so far, chosen some powerful topics. This particular topic really garnered my attention, as the truth of "Christ in you" is joyous and truly good news. I have read book after book on the subject; what I mean to say is that you could say so much more than what you have shared here and perhaps it is deliberate, but somehow, I don't think so. I feel as if you have so much more to say on this truth, but for whatever reason, you stopped short. Or is it just me?




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