“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the
Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile
to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” – Romans 8:6-8
The battle between my flesh and seeking His Spirit in my life is something I am starting to refer to as “head games”. It is by no means “a game”, but it explains there is a struggle that exists there. It isn’t me versus another human being. It is my flesh rebelling against God. It is my flesh rebelling against wanting anything to do with God. It is in a heavy mental battle that cannot be won on my own. I need my Savior to help me. I need my Protector – to aid me in this battle. Scripture has much to say on the battle between flesh and spirit. We don’t have to go far to realize that it indeed is a battle. It can be an exhausting one on different levels.
As I am aware of the struggle, I must ask: How do I conquer these spiritual “mind games”? Three things I know would help me in this struggle.
- God’s Word. I need to make sure I am in the Word of God, and meditate on passages that deal with the flesh battle that I am facing. I need to meditate and seek to remember Scriptures such as: Galatians 5:1, 16-25; 1 Peter 5:7-10; Matthew 28:41; 2 John 1:8; Philippians 4:8. I need to write out these Scriptures, and strategically place them around my home.
- Prayer. I need to be Spirit-led in my prayers. I cannot allow my needs to overshadow the importance of being in God’s Presence. God has given me the Holy Spirit to comfort and teach me all kinds of things. God wants to equip me. My problem is not making use of the resources.
- Faith. The last one possibly requires the greatest explanation. I need to grow in trusting God to do what He says He is capable of doing. I need to believe that God is faithful and my Deliverer. I need to cling to what God wants to teach me in Ephesians 3:20 where He says:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all
that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…”