Denying Our Problem
The first step toward solving a problem is knowing that we have one. We usually don*t go to a doctor until we know we are sick. Sometimes we wisely go to a doctor before we are sick. And we usually don*t go to the Lord for help against our sinful flesh until we know we have one. It would be wise for us to go to Him for help BEFORE the problem rears its ugly head. We Christians all have a problem with our flesh. It is a lifelong problem that won*t go away until the Lord takes us out of these sinful bodies. The Apostle Paul seems to have expressed more truth about the problem with his flesh than the other Apostles. We can be sure that is why the Lord could use him so greatly. Looking at our flesh is not a pretty picture but it must be done. Thank God that we don*t have to live according to the flesh any more.
Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Galatians 5:17: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Paul was deeply concerned about the problem with his flesh and wrote much about the solution to the problem. He did not seem ever to deny or forget about the problem as we so often do. He knew that he could only defeat his flesh with the help of God and in particular the Holy Spirit.
Romans 7:24: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Romans 8:8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Galatians 5:19: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ*s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Often God makes promises to us in the Bible and then He wants us to pray and ask Him to keep those promises. For one, Jesus promised that He would come quickly and yet the Apostle John prayed for it.
Revelation 22:20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
God promises the help of the Holy Spirit and yet we should pray and ask for it many times EVERY DAY. Our flesh would lead us into sin every moment and continually and we need the help of the Holy Spirit every moment and continually.