Not Even Able to Do So

Ever found yourself in a place where you know there are some things that are right, that has to be done, but unable to do it?
I have found myself in places, where I want to respond with godliness to situations, people, hardships, but somehow, I find myself doing what I want (which I always end up regretting) and not what the bible says. There are also times when I am not able to do what God wants me to do, simply because that route involves stretching myself a bit more, may be some suffering, some sacrifice, may have to die to some of my desires which are not godly, or involves some difficult waiting on the Lord.
I am learning that I choose to have it my own way when I don’t subject myself to what the bible says. I am set on what I want, rather than seeking what God wants. 

The bible says about this particular situation in Romans 8: 5-8

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
I am not able to subject myself to what God’s word says or not even able to do so, when I have my mind set on things of the flesh.

What are the things of the flesh?
Galatians 5: 19,20,21

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Why should I not do the things of the flesh?

  • I cannot please God Romans 8: 8
  • I cannot enter the kingdom of God Galatians 5:21
  • I am hostile (enemy) to God Romans 8:7

What can I do not to walk by flesh?

The answer is NOTHING.
What ever you do, you cannot stop yourself from walking in the flesh. Jesus said, Apart from me you cannot do anything. Of course, apart from God you can do something, you can sin! The opposite of walking in the flesh is walk by the spirit. Acknowledge in our hearts that we are unable to do good apart from the enablement of God’s Holy Spirit. 
Acknowledge we cannot do anything to fix this
Repent of our sins ( turn a full 360^ from our sins)
Pray to God to renew our desires for Him
Ezekiel 36:27 says

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Pray  earnestly that God’s Spirit will enable us to walk in Him and help us to put our minds on things of the spirit. Only God can change our hearts and increase in us a love for God.


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