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Sin Stress

1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

On a label attached to the front of my computer monitor is Romans 13:14 - Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill it's lust. It's there as an accountability reminder. So much stuff floats around the net and I know that I am very susceptible to digging through following some of the garbage that is out there. The issue of the how the flesh still has influence on the life of the believer and how it's lusts can override the spirit though disobedience is a difficult one. Ultimately, I know that I am redeemed, and that "Sin" has no authority over me. God's grace and forgiveness covers my "sins." Yet there remains a residue from my failures that is difficult to deal with - the emotional impact of guilt.

This verse helped me get a hold on something today. That although the state of my spirit is not changed due to a particular "sin" (I'm still redeemed, forgiven when I repent, restored in my relationship with the Father, etc.), my soul remains troubled. Disappointment, is compounded by my new hunger to indulge my flesh. I feel guilty, unfulfilled, yet pulled towards sin with more force.

An answer for this dilemma resides in understanding that the battle with my flesh has to do with my wholeness, specifically my emotional well being. Starving my flesh has as much to do with living the "more abundant" life that Jesus promised (John 10:10) as does my walk of faith. It is critical to win this war so I don't sacrifice the peace and joy that is the Kingdom of God. As a "sojourner" it is critical to free myself of the baggage I carry to pursue Him completely (Hebrews 12:1).

Lord, I commit to winning the war against my flesh. To be free of the self-induced condemnation that results from my failures by fighting the good fight of faith against the self-indulgent desires of my flesh. So then to walk in love and joy and peace.

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