And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 NKJV
How true is that scripture for you?
Do you still struggle with the lusts of the flesh or have you gone beyond it?
The fact is that the flesh will continue to draw you to things you know you shouldn’t do.
But the choice is left to you to either to do it or not.
And one reason you can continue to struggle with the lusts of the flesh is if you don’t know to die to die to flesh.
The problem with lusts is not peculiar to you because you live in the internet age.
This is how it affected the apostle Paul; Romans 7:19-23 NKJV
For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
He continued to do those things that he knew he shouldn’t do. There was something at war with what he knew he should do and what was at war with Him was His flesh.
The apostle went further to give a direction of the way out of the lusts of the flesh.
It was through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He culminates his writing by saying there is therefore now no condemnation for them that are in Christ Jesus.
So in living in victory above the flesh, the gift of no condemnation has a major part to play in it.
What then is the gift of no condemnation?
It means God doesn’t condemn you when you make a mistake. And it’s all because of Jesus Christ.
This gift is not for you to continue indulging in the lusts of the flesh. But it is to make you overcome the lusts of the flesh.
And it doesn’t end there.
You have to die to flesh to be able to live beyond the lusts of the flesh.
The beauty of the gospel is that you are already dead to the flesh.
Did you notice the word crucified in the bible verse at the beginning?
It means you already died to the lusts of the flesh and it’s affections.
You will ask, if this is true, as it is, why then do you still struggle with the lusts of the flesh?
It is because you are not reckoning His death as yours.
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:10-11 NKJV
The word “Reckon” in the Greek means “logizomai”. HELPS Word Study describes it as properly, compute, “take into account”; reckon (come to a “bottom-line”), i.e. reason to a logical conclusion (decision).
So you see, reckoning the Lord’s death to you is not mental assent. It is knowing it is true.
If for example, I say I reckon I have $10,000 in my account. This is not a statement of faith that it would happen sometime in the future.
It is a fact that if you go to my account you will find a bank balance of $10,000.
Likewise, if the scripture says you are dead to sin and flesh through Christ, it is not saying it is something that might happen in the future.
It means in reality that you are already dead to sins and the lusts of the flesh.
Now you see that it is more of a reckoning problem than a reality problem.
Not yielding your body as an instrument for sin in working unrighteousness starts with reckoning that you are dead indeed to sin.
The fight against the lusts of the flesh is already won.
It is not in staying away from things and people in other for you to win it.
When you know that you are dead to these things, it will empower you to say no to things and activities that gravitates the lusts of the flesh.
Therefore, you can be dead to the lusts of the flesh and still yield to doing the lusts of the flesh because of your ignorance of the realities in Christ Jesus.
All the victory you need, you already have in Christ.
So stop yielding to the lusts of the flesh and start reckoning with your death and resurrection with Christ.
Recon yourself to be dead indeed to sin!
Thank you for reading!