There is a daily battle we must face every day and every night for as long as we live. We must fight the flesh and not let it win, waging war between the lines of what is right, good and holy, and what is wrong, bad, and evil.
By the Spirit of the Holy Living God, we have the Spirit's power within us if we are a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He gives us the ability to say "No," and resist the urges of the flesh as we submit to the Word of God.
Yet, in those weak times if we don't look to God, we will fall into sin. The devil knows our weakness and will try to put condemnation in our hearts if we cave in and gratify the flesh. He knows us all too well. We have to be vigilant of His schemes and not play in his court.
You do not have to give in each time sin knocks at the door of your mind. It's really not sin to be "tempted" by the devil...temptation is not the sin and God does not tempt us with the evils of sin. It is when you let down your guard and give in to the works of the flesh.
Galatians 5:19-21 says that "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Yes the devil tries to win us over by catering to the flesh and even to our feelings. The grace of God says we don't have to wallow in sin, but can say no. God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs(SAY NO) on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Titus 2:11-14
Galatians 5 22:24 says "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
what does it mean to walk in the Spirit. Your Spirit is your sanctified, regenerated soul intertwined with the Holy Spirit....Walking in the Spirit is taking up the victory over the flesh and the devil!! It is walking it out in Your Spiritman. It is our way of escape.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
The one fruit we often don't discuss is self-control. Controlling your "self", when weak in the flesh is a fruit of the Spirit!! We need to allow the Holy Spirit to invade our way of thinking. The scriptures do say that we have the mind of Christ. well why are we allowing sin to win?? Its okay to have self control, because it is the Spirit that is willing to take you that extra miles, and its the flesh that is weak to the fiery temptations of the flesh!!!
We must take the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the evil one. if we dont suit up in God's armor, we dont stand a chance against the devil...Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:13