Fighting With My Flesh

When I try to get my needs met by relying on my own resources (without God) that’s called my “flesh”.  My unique brand of flesh evolved from the messages I received about myself from others growing up. The Bible says, and I can attest, that my flesh is constantly at war with my Spirit.

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other. Galatians 5:17.

The battle is always about control. My self-will vs. God’s will for me. My limited resources vs. God’s infinite resources. Meeting my needs myself vs. allowing Jesus to live His life in me, through me and as me.

It’s a daily struggle. With every decision, every circumstance, every challenge I face I witness two outcomes. Either I take control and plow through my self efforts to meet my needs; or I allow God to work in me and I follow His leading and His direction.

With both outcomes I discover God’s ways are better than my ways.

Every time.

The times I insist on being in control, I mess up. The times I allow God to be in control, He handles it and the outcome is always a blessing for me and God gets the glory.

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to Fighting With My Flesh

  1. Sue C. says:

    I grew up being told, “Nobody is going to help you.” Talk about relying on the flesh! The Lord took me on a five year journey teaching me to rely on Him. My book, “Laying Down my Net- A Walk of Faith” is a testimony of that journey. Hard lessons but I learned my lessons well. 🙂

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Sue, thank you for sharing. Those journeys of faith can be excruciating, but always beneficial, if we stay on the path and keep trusting Him. Thank you again and may God bless you.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Steven your blog brings to my mind this beautiful song Have Thine own way..
    How often it is in not letting Him be our Potter that we feel the heat much stronger. And when we surrender, the end result is less pain and greater good. May we learn to always let Him rightfully be our Potter. Amen.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Beautiful analogy, Evelyn, and such a beautiful video. Oh, to allow Him to have His way in me instead of mine. Thank you, as always, for sharing.

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