Romans 8:6 - Battle Between The Flesh And The Spirit.

Romans 8:6 - Battle Between The Flesh And The Spirit.

Romans 8:6 (NIV) The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind 
controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;  

Romans 8:6 (NLT) So letting your sinful nature control your mind 
leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life 
and peace.  

   So many illustrations have been offered to clarify what Paul 
was saying here. Some speak of a tug-of-war between the Spirit and 
the flesh. Whichever side you choose to pull with will win. Some 
suggest a teeter-totter. The sinful nature is on one end, the Holy 
Spirit on the other. And you tip the balance. 
   These, and other illustrations, make a common point. There's 
a competition between God and man's mortal, sinful nature. The 
Spirit urges us to go in one direction and the flesh urges us to go 
another. And, each of us can choose. We can choose to follow the Spirit's 
leading, to pull with the Spirit, to add our weight to His side of the 
teeter-totter. Or we can choose to go the way of the flesh. 
   How gracious God is. Even now, He does not say "You must." 
That would be Law. Instead He reminds us that, because of Christ, and 
in the power the Spirit gives, "You can!" [The 365-Day Devotional 

   One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle 
that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between 2 
   "One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, 
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, 
superiority and ego. 
   The other is God. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, 
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, 
and faith." 
   The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his 
grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" 
   The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." 

   "You can!" is one of the hardest things for a Christian to 
truly believe. We're so used to failure that down deep many of us are 
convinced, "Well, I can't!" 
   When that conviction overwhelms you, remember the nature of 
God's power. God's power, exercised by the Holy Spirit, raised Jesus 
from the dead. That same power, exercised by the Holy Spirit, is 
fully capable of taking your mortality--your deadness--and making you 
live! And, this same verse says, His Spirit "lives in you." 
   Of course "I can't." But because God's Spirit lives in every 
true believer (v. 9b), you can! 
   To approach any spiritual challenge with the confidence that 
"I can" isn't presumption, it's faith. Faith that God's Spirit 
living in you will give you the power you need, despite your mortality, 
to succeed rather than fail. 
   Actually, this is how you and I add our weight to that inner 
tug-of-war, or climb on the Spirit's side of that teeter-totter. We say, "I 
can," confident that the Spirit will act in and through us. 
   And then, we do! [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]

There are so many forces in the world that aim to control our 
minds: the media, trends and advertising, secular philosophy, and 
materialism. Yet none of these brings us real life. Through computers, 
television, malls, and music, the enemy comes in like a flood to distract 
us, capture our minds, and dominate our thoughts. There's also our 
own sinful nature, which today's verses say will lead to death if we 
give over the controls of our life to it. But the good news is in the 
last part of verse 6: "If the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there 
is life and peace." Yielding our minds and thoughts to Christ Jesus 
will result in a spirit of calmness, a quiet confidence that he is in 
control no matter what is happening in the world around us. When the 
Spirit controls us, we are able to think about things that please God 
and, as this verse describes, he will allow our hearts to experience 
life and peace. Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) [Praying Through The Bible 
By Fuller] 

   Seek My face, and you will find not only My Presence but also 
My Peace. To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping, 
controlling stance to one of openness and trust. The only thing you can 
grasp without damaging your soul is My hand. Ask My Spirit within you 
to order your day and control your thoughts, for the mind 
controlled by the Spirit is - Life and Peace. 
   You can have as much of Me and My Peace as you want, through 
thousands of correct choices each day. The most persistent choice you face 
is whether to trust Me or to worry. You will never run out of 
things to worry about, but you can choose to trust Me no matter what. I 
am an ever-present help in trouble. Trust Me, though the earth give 
way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. [Jesus Calling 
by Sarah Young] 








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