“So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”
Romans 7:14-20 NLT
Ever had this struggle? I know I have! The natural man is sinful by inheritance. We don't have to learn to sin. We must learn how to submit to the Holy Spirit so we can bring the sinful nature into subjection. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we overcome the flesh (natural man) and its desires. The struggle is real and it can get intense. We can even go through seasons where we think the struggle has faded and perhaps behind us. Then, out of nowhere, WHAM! Satan hits us with an unexpected attack. During the season of comfort, the enemy (Satan) sets us up for his next strike. He allows us to get complacent and makes his move. Satan is a masterful deceiver. He has been doing this since Genesis 3:1 - “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made..." KJV. Subtil in this verse means clever. Without question, the enemy is a cunning foe. In John 10:10 we are told “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:..." KJV. Also, in I Peter 5:8 we read “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” NLT
There is a constant warfare going on in the heavenly realm that affects us here in the natural. We MUST recognize our need to lay down our feeble attempts to win this battle in the flesh. We cannot win it that way. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 spells this out for us - “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ". NASB.
We know, then, that this battle will continue. We know what is right. We also know what is wrong. For the born again believer, our salvation is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Our sanctification is in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The only way to overcome is in the power of God. Jesus came to display and dispense that power. When Satan knocks at your door, let Jesus answer!
Rev. Curtis Norris