Yet they continue to lose the battle in themselves. We are in the midst of a great civil war and it is going on in YOU. IF you would win at spiritual warfare, you must first recognize the war going on inside.
"The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions". Galatians 5:17 NLT
You can't cast out your flesh. It is your sinful nature. It wants what the Spirit reborn in you does not.
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives." Galatians 5:24-25 NLT
You can only put it to death. Daily.
"If you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live". Romans 8:13 NASB
SO, what are some ways we can WIN the internal CIVIL WAR?
I'll offer one. Make better decisions. Make good choices. Guard your life walk by being deliberate led by the Spirit of the Living God to make quality decisions.
That means that you go with the peace. If you have true peace about it, it may be the right decision.
That means that it doesn't violate the word of God as you understand it.
That means you will come into greater light because of it.
That means you have a few trusted spiritual and wisdom people around you that offer decision support or question.
That means that the decisions you make are Spiritually Discerned as right as best you can. That requires prayer, that requires quiet time, that requires hearing the voice of God for yourself.
Many spiritual bondages result from bad decisions driven by fleshly desires. Remember it's a civil war and sometimes the battles can be lost. There will be casualties. Here are some evidences of lost battles in the civil war in our lives.
- Bad Relationships
Paul spoke of this.
"The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies..." Galatians 5:19-21
Those are lost battles in the Great Civil War in your life. You can CHOOSE your way out of these things. Quality Decisions will save you.
The result? IF we get, have and keep the victory in this Great Civil War, the Kingdom of GOD will be established in YOUR life. The kingdom of God doesn't have debt, fear, poverty, bad relationships, anger addictions nor any of those things in Galatians 5:19
You can LIVE like this. You can make better choices. The Kingdom of GOD CAN be established in your life. Seek FIRST the Kingdom and his righteousness and good choices will be added to you.
The Kingdom of GOD is supposed to be IN YOU. The Warfare over the King setting up camp is fought. The devil influences you, but your flesh and sin nature are the weapons he uses.
Choose this day... and make better choices. It's a key to winning in spiritual warfare.