“Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices,” (Colossians 3:9)
“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;” (Ephesians 4:22)
“knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;” (Romans 6:6)
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” (Galatians 5:16-18)
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:6-7)
” And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord,; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? (I Kings 19:11-13)
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:5-6)
There are three voices that every human being will hear over the course of their lives. The voice of God or the Holy Spirit, the whispers of Satan and the voice of our flesh. Of these three voices, the loudest and most obnoxious is not Satan as most would think–rather it is our flesh!
Our flesh is very demanding. If we go too long without food, it demands food in a loud voice. If you don’t get enough sleep, it demands sleep immediately. The list can go on and on with what your flesh wants and needs. Our flesh will drown out the Holy Spirit’s still small voice easily even to the point of grieving Him.
Satan is perfectly fine with our flesh ruling us. The more our flesh rules us, the less time we will make for God. The Bible says that “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” (Romans 8:7). When our flesh is in control, we don’t want to do the things that please God.
Satan fires thoughts into our mind that sound like we are thinking them and if we accept the thoughts then he can start working on our mind. If our mind is not renewed to God’s Word then we can be deceived. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” When we KNOW the Word of God, we can measure each thought against it and say No! that is NOT my thought! Then cast it down.
In reality, it is much easier to deal with Satan than our flesh. Satan doesn’t resist our flesh because he knows we are our own worst enemy! He resists any spiritual progress we make by allowing the Holy Spirit to rule our lives. The only way for us to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit is to shut the voice of our flesh up. We do that by studying His Word, seeking Him daily in prayer and by fasting and disciplining our flesh to conform to God’s ways.
Everyone who seeks to go into a deeper relationship with God has to take on his or her flesh. Jesus told us that because He has overcome the world, WE have overcome the world in every way…even our flesh. Beloved, today examine your heart and your life to see whose voice you are listening to the most: the enemy, the Holy Spirit or your flesh.
I have found that when the battle of the flesh is over and the Holy Spirit truly rules your life, the voice of the flesh gets fainter and fainter. Determine in your heart to dominate your flesh. Start with a prayer:
Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ. I realize Lord that the voice of my flesh is dominating my life and I want to submit my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I repent for not giving You first place in my life Lord. I now give You the reins of my heart and ask that You have Your wonderful way in every area of my life. I ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, my LORD, and Master. Amen and Amen!