“There is another power within me that is at war with my mind.”
Romans 7:23

We were born with the enemy within.  Our old nature is like a secret army, always looking for ways to sabotage us.  It’s the door through which Satan enters.  You have two natures, an old one and a new one.  They are the opposite, and they are always on a collision course.  A great illustration of this can be found in the birth of Jacob and Esau, the sons of Isaac, the son of Abraham. 

“Rebekah (Isaac’s wife) became pregnant with twins.  But the two children struggled with each other in her womb.  So she went to ask the Lord about it.  ‘Why is this happening to me?’ she asked.  And the Lord told her, ‘The sons in your womb will become two nations.  From the very beginning, the two nations (Jews and Arabs) will be rivals.  One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son’.”
Genesis 25:21-23

Apostle Paul‘s Enemy

Paul talks about his “Dr. Jekyll” nature and his “Mr. Hyde” nature:

“I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.  This power makes me a slave to sin that is still within me.”
Romans 7:22-23

What’s the answer?  Starve your old nature and feed your new one!  Again, Paul writes: 

“No man who goes to war entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
2 Timothy 2:4

That means you must:  (1) regularly communicate with headquarters through prayer; (2) read God’s Word to be sure you’re obeying your Commanding Officer; (3) keep our spiritual morale high; (4) do not get entangled with the wrong people or things.

These are the elements of living a godly life.  Desire, determination, and our best effort are not enough unless we follow those four simple steps and allow Jesus Christ to perform a good work within us.

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By R H Clark

Ron is a retired pharmacist with 42 years of experience. He and his wife Kitty have been on mission trips to Thailand and Columbia. Ron has taught Bible and preached in the Tom Green County Jail for two years.

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