This past Sunday at our Celebration Campuses we learned about the primary struggle we have to deal with in our lives. While we all have struggles from time to time with the Devil and devilish people around us, our primary struggle is with ourselves - with what the Bible calls our "flesh. " The "flesh" is our "sinful nature," our predisposition towards selfishness and sin.
It's that nature that makes us want to lie, to steal, to cheat, to hurt others, to deceive, to hoard, to overtly focus on our own personal physical, and emotional pleasure. And the truth is, we all (even the best of us) struggle with our "flesh" or "sinful nature" from time to time. Do you ever struggle with anger, anxiety, bitterness, a critical spirit, discouragement, envy, fear, frustration, greed, hurt, insecurity, jealousy, lust, meanness, narcissism, pride, rebelliousness, selfishness, or unforgiveness in your life? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you struggle with your "flesh." We all do at times, but when we give in to that sinful nature that we've had all of our lives, it leaves us feeling frustrated and fatigued throughout much of our lives. By the way, it's also that "sinful nature" that causes us to get involved in "sinful activities. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:19-21, "When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these."