“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Romans 13:14 NIV
Temptations are like pitfalls in our Christian journey. If we are not careful, we can easily fall into the traps purposed to hinder us and turn our attention away from God and His goodness. The beckoning call of the tempter and the rising of our flesh does not make avoiding sinful set ups, but we would do well to ask God for the discernment to avoid situations and things that would cause us harm.
We are immersed in a culture that would rather defy the things of God than to serve and honor Him. We, as born-again children of Christ, must remember we are now clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and we must not put ourselves in situations to satisfy or gratify the flesh (Romans 13:14). When we fall, stumble, or at times walk into temptation to give into the flesh, we are setting ourselves up for carnal catastrophe. The battle starts in the mind, and a mind that is coaxed into the fleshly desires is a mind that leads to death (Romans 8:6). If we were left up to our own devices, we would always fall into deathly deceptions. In fact, if we were left to ourselves, we would still be spiritually dead.
The Holy Spirit is our defender against what we want to do and what we would be tempted to do. Our flesh that still dwells within fights against the Spirit, but stronger still, the Spirit fights against our deadly desires (Galatians 5:17). What we want to do is not always the best, especially when not directed by godly influences or desires. We must submit to our Heavenly Father’s good and perfect commands. We must listen to His loving voice, and run to Him to resist the devil. We must believe the temptation will pass and so will Satan's siren call (James 4:7).
We must not go towards the flame, wondering if it is hot. We are wise enough by God’s discernment to know we are going to get burned. Let’s strive not to make provision for the flesh and flee from the temptation to do so. With God’s grace and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can make sure we can look for the deadly traps. And in the event we do fall into the clutches of sin, we can rest assured that Christ paid for all our sins and is waiting with open arms to receive us back in repentance. He is faithful and just when we are not (1 John 1:9).
Lord, thank You for Your wisdom and discernment to know when You are warning us to avoid what will harm us. Please help us to run into Your arms, and away from temptation of the sin that still dwells within. Let us seek to please You first before ourselves. For Christ’s sake, we pray. Amen.
How can you avoid making provisions for the flesh in your daily fight against sin?