What do you long for? What do you lust after? What do you wish for? Where do you put your
affections? All of these questions are synonymous with the word “desire.” Desires can be seen in a good or bad sense. I personally know that desires can urge and push us beyond reasonable thinking. Let us look at a war going on that shows undeniable desires:
The Prosecution: Flesh
The Defense: The Spirit of God
The Argument: Flesh and Spirit are at odds. Each defends their position. Who will win?
The Prosecution Speaks: Flesh says we are enemies of God. I, Flesh, pursue so sin will increase; and I, Flesh, enjoy sin in all forms within my body; I obey its drives and lusts. I am aroused by sinful acts and deeds. Sin is passionate within my flesh. Flesh is enslaved.
Against the better judgment of the prosecution lawyer, flesh rises up to speak:
Flesh speaks: We are sold into the bondage to sin. We are enemies of the Cross of Christ,. Our minds are set on earthly things. Choose me! I am practicing and doing things I do not understand. I am indwelt by sin. Evil is present in my flesh. I am imprisoned from a war that rages in my mind and in my body. How utterly wretched I am! Flesh is death. But I am loving it! [Romans 7].
The Defense speaks: We are reconciled to God. We are alive unto God and the members of our bodies are tools of righteousness to God. You are a new creature in Christ. The Spirit says you are free from sin and death. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! [Romans 7:25a]. You are in Christ Jesus because He has set you free. He condemned sin in the flesh. So you walk as a free man! You must choose. The deeds and desires of the flesh or the Spirit? In the Spirit there is life and peace. You are not in the flesh anymore, you are in the Spirit if the spirit of God dwells in you. Flesh says you can enjoy all things, but it can never please God. It is hostile in every way to God’s plans and intentions. The Spirit is life. [Romans 8].
If you allow the Spirit to, He will put to death those deeds of the body; and in doing so, you will be led by him and be called sons of God. The flesh only offers you death. The Spirit offers you adoption as His children and then heirs of His kingdom. The flesh offers you nothing. But the
Spirit helps you with weaknesses and intercedes for you. The Spirit of God is permanent if you
know Him and absolutely nothing will separate you from His love. In the Spirit of God, you have
The defense rests.
Both sides have presented their cases. Only one knows where their faith rests. What will the jury
The verdict is in.
Jury: We find the flesh condemned in every way. We find in favor of the Spirit. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.” [2 Corinthians 2:14-16a]
All Scripture taken from New American Standard
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