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The Traitor Within: the Flesh

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You will always encounter three enemies:

  1. the Flesh,

  2. the World, and

  3. the Devil.

Because they always conspire together it’s difficult to talk about them individually;in any battle at least two of them are involved, but usually it’s all three.

What the scriptures call the flesh, the old man, or the sinful nature, is that part of fallen Adam and everyman that always wants the easiest way out.

We don’t want to speak up unless we know it will go well, and we don’t want to move unless we’re guaranteed success.

Nickelback – Lullaby

It’s much easier to pleasure yourself than to try to make love to your wife, especially if things are not well between you and initiating sex with her feels risky.

It’s much easier to clean the garage, organize files, cut the grass, or work on the car then it is to talk to your teenage daughter or face some difficult matters that need attention and effort.

  • The flesh is a weasel, the poser, and a selfish pig.

  • And your flesh is not YOU.

  • Your flesh is NOT the REAL YOU, see Romans 7:14-21

  • You are not your sin;

  • sin is no longer the true thing about the man who is coming in union with Jesus.

  • Your heart is good, I will give you a new heart including a new spirit in you, Ezekial 36:26.

  • The real you is on the side of God against your false self.

  • Your flesh is a false self, the poser, manifest in cowardice and self preservation. 

And the only way to deal with it is to crucify it.

  • Shoot the traitor, choose against him every time.

  • Walk right into those situations you normally run from.

  • Speak right to the issues you normally remain silent over.

If you want to grow in true strength, then you must stop sabotaging yours.

h/t John EldredgeWild at Heart (book)

The book had a very favorable reception by many, including Chuck Swindoll, who called it “the best, most insightful book I have read in at least the last five years.” It also received harsh criticism, with some claiming that the book misuses scriptural references, and that Eldredge has projected his own personality traits onto God in order to support his viewpoint. Despite this criticism, it remains a favorite in many evangelical circles, and a top seller.

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Author: Eric

I have been married to my wife Laura since 1995, and live in Austin, Texas with our two children. I have participated in the sport of triathlon and investing for many years.