Live Free, Die Hard
Jesus came to give us freedom from sin’s hold over our lives. We are born under the impact of Adam and Eve’s sin- we are selfish to the core. That condition, which Paul calls being “in the flesh”, or “the carnal [flesh] nature”, is the cause of our sinful behavior. When our minds are controlled by this natural selfish condition, we fight God’s will. It’s an every day occurrence.
Jesus came to forgive us for the sins we commit, and to empower us to overcome our sinful condition. Paul is clear- we will fight our natural selfishness until the resurrection. It is an ongoing fight between the Holy Spirit in us and our fleshly condition. But, we do not have to lose the battle. The Spirit is put in us to “put to death the deeds of your sinful nature”. Our selfishness doesn’t have to rule our behavior. We can be free from the dominion of sin.
However, we must be honest. The daily fight for control of our behavior is hard. Our flesh will want to rebel against God. We will have to learn to understand it and ask God to help us overcome. That is why it is so important that we feed the Spirit’s control in our lives. When we know what is right, we have to trust the Spirit to help us make the right choice and do what is right. It is hard because there is a real part of us that is fighting for what is wrong. But, we are free in Christ- we don’t have to give into the sinful nature’s urges. Since Christ is in us, we have an obligation to follow through on what he has empowered us to do- to live free.