Saturday, May 18, 2024

Make not provision for the flesh

Broadcast 4037
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Romans 13:13-14 (NET) "Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires."

Gabriel used to be an alcoholic before he accepted the Lord Jesus. After meeting the Lord, he vowed never to drink alcohol again. He kept this vow and enjoyed his growing relationship with the Lord until his cousin came to visit from another country, requiring him to spend a lot of time with him.

Gabriel's cousin, being an unbeliever, wanted to visit clubs and bars together. Trying to be a good host, Gabriel did not decline as he usually would have. He followed his cousin to the club a few times, and one night, he took some alcohol, became drunk, and did things he had vowed never to do again. When he came to his senses, he regretted it with tears and ran to his pastor to confess what had happened. His pastor exclaimed, "Oh, you gave room to the flesh." He explained to Gabriel that the flesh cannot be transformed and will ultimately be changed during the resurrection. Until then, we must ensure that we do not give it room.

No matter how high you go in the Spirit, if you give room to the flesh for a moment, you will be shocked at how untransformed the flesh remains and how it seeks to dominate you. The flesh is an unrepentant rebel that must be perpetually mortified.

There are songs, environments, thoughts, and imaginations that, if not quickly arrested, will give room to the flesh. There are also companies that, if not severed, will give room to the flesh.

Go into today remembering that no matter how high you've gone, if you give the flesh even a little room to dominate your soul, it will ultimately cause you to fall. Guard your heart with all diligence. Watch out for the things that give room to the flesh and cut them out of your life.

Prayer: I enjoy Christ's exceeding grace; I walk in the Spirit and please the Lord in all things. I give no room to the flesh; sin has no dominion over me.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

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