Ephesians 2:2-3 (KJV) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Amaka had believed in the Lord Jesus, but she was still under the control of her flesh (and mind) and not under the control of her regenerated spirit. While her flesh (and mind) was robust and strong, her spirit was weak because she did not know how to feed and build it up.

She struggled spiritually until she understood that she was to be deliberate and intentional about letting the word of God fill her heart and empower her soul to align with the spirit, against the desires of the flesh.

She used to spend most of her free time watching unwholesome movies and discussing with her friends who were unbelievers. But as she started taking her spiritual growth seriously, she spent most of her free time listening to edifying sermons and having edifying discussions with her new friends who loved the Lord. Even the movies she now watched were carefully selected. As she gave more time to the things that built up her spirit, she found that she was no more dominated by the flesh because her spirit was now strong and robust.

Those who are outside of Christ are under the control of Satan the prince of the power of the air. Because they are controlled from their flesh which is physical, they can be manipulated by elemental spirits that control physical elements. Those who believe in Christ are made spiritually alive by Christ(1 Corinthians 15:45). Their born again spirits can now control them against the manipulation of elemental spirits through their flesh. Each time they yield to the spirit against the will of the flesh, they crucify the flesh and gain spiritual millage.

If your spirit is stronger than your flesh, you will do the will of the spirit, but if your flesh is stronger than your spirit, you will consistently do the will of the flesh, and this produces death (see Romans 8:13).

Go into today remembering to build up yourself on your most Holy faith (Jude 1:20). Remember to pray in the Holy Spirit and let the words of Christ dwell in you richly so that it can renew your mind.

Prayer: Lord, help me daily build up my spirit and continually please you in all things. Amen.

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