Sinful nature is what’s in the very being of every human since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and has since been up to the present day.
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. – Galatians 5:17 NKJV
The mind governed by the flesh is death,but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:6 NIV
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. – Proverbs 8:13 NKJV
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
As Christians, we will be forever raging war against the spiritual battles for our souls. We cannot win it on our own. But through God, the Maker of each and everyone of us, we will always be victorious when we remember Him and ask Him for help in the midst of our struggles.
We are to live to be more Christ-like, and it’s the ultimate progress and goal for everyone. Hoping that as we go through life experiences and struggles and successes, we are reminded to apply His Word everyday, being intentional in building our relationship with Him to be more and more Christ-like.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. – Romans 12:9 NIV
How do we apply His Word when facing temptations? One example I myself try to apply is LOVE. It may sound corny in the wrong kind of mentalitly — let’s focus on the things above — but intentionally loving the people around us; not wishing them any harm (violence, emotional or physical abuse, etc.), not verbalizing certain things to make us look or feel good whilst making others look bad (gossip), looking out for the interests of others and less of ourselves (not in the weak sense but being more kind and thoughtful towards others), as for our mentality should be to please Him more than we please ourselves.
We humans tend to be selfish, in terms of living this life on our own accord, focusing on our own successes and reputations, but all in all, should we focus on God’s interests, God’s plans for our lives, that He may use us mightily for His glory and sets us as good examples for future believers who would look at our lives and believe as well.
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