Make not provision for the flesh

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Romans 13:13-14 (NET) Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.

Gabriel used to be an alcoholic before he accepted the Lord Jesus. After he met the Lord Jesus, he vowed never to drink alcohol again. He kept this vow and was enjoying his growing relationship with the Lord until his cousin came visiting from another country and he had to spend a lot of time with him.

Because Gabriel’s cousin was an unbeliever, he wanted them to visit clubs and bars together. Because Gabriel wanted to be a good host, he did not decline like he usually would have done. He followed his cousin a couple of times to the club, and on one of those nights, he took some alcohol, became drunk, and did some things he vowed never to do again. After all these and he came back to his senses, he regretted with tears. He ran to his pastor to confess what had happened. His pastor exclaimed, “oh, you gave room to the flesh”. He then went on to explain to Gabriel that the flesh cannot be transformed but would ultimately be changed during the resurrection. Before then, we must ensure that we do not give it room.

No matter how high you go in the spirit, if you give room to the flesh for a moment, you will be shocked at how untransformed the flesh is, and how it seeks to colonize you. The flesh is an unrepentant rebel that must be perpetually mortified.

There are songs, environments, thoughts and imaginations, that if not quickly arrested would ultimately give room to the flesh. There are companies that if not severed, would give room to the flesh.

Go into today remembering that no matter how high you’ve gone, if you give the flesh a little room to dominate your soul, it would ultimately cause you to fall. Remember to guard your heart with all diligence. Watch out for the things that give room to the flesh, and cut them out of your life.

Prayer: I enjoy Christ’s exceeding grace; I walk in the Spirit and please the Lord in all things. I give no room to the flesh; sin has no dominion over me.

— Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In 1 Year: Deuteronomy 4-6 (In Today’s Audio)
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