“I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.”
In the verse above, God is dealing with the Christian’s battle with sin and the flesh. God knew that though a Christian got saved, they still had to live in the flesh until they are taken to Heaven where they will be given a glorified body. The problem with the flesh is that it is going to yield to something. Sadly, we find ourselves yielding to the flesh’s desire to do wrong, only to regret that we have yielded. Four things are evident that the Christian must do if they want to become “servants to righteousness.”
First, realize that everyone has a weakness. In the verse above, God talks about “the infirmity of your flesh.” Let’s face it, our flesh is the problem, and our flesh is often sick. It is interesting the God uses the word “infirmity” to describe our battle with the flesh. The word “infirmity” means ailment or disorder. In other words, our flesh is our weakness. Our flesh wants to get out of God’s order for life, which always leads to sin. You will never have victory over sin until you acknowledge that your flesh is weak. Many people lose the battle over sin because they never resign to the fact that their flesh is weak. Because they won’t resign to this fact, they allow themselves to live in a worldly manner. My friend, if you are going to obtain victory over sin and your flesh, you must acknowledge that your weakness is your flesh.
Second, know your weakness and what leads to it. Everyone’s flesh has a certain weakness, and you must find out what yours is if you are going to have victory. Your weakness will be different from mine, but you must learn what yours is so that you can avoid it. The only way you are going to avoid it is to learn what leads you to do the wrong. There is some pattern in your life that leads you to do wrong. Find out what that pattern is and avoid it. If you don’t learn that pattern, you will continue to suffer defeat.
Third, be determined not to yield to the wrong thing. The verse above shows that there must be a determination not to yield to the flesh if you are going to have victory over it. Christian, there needs to be a defining moment in your life when you face your weakness and tell it that you are no longer going to yield to it. There must be a determination to overcome it, or else you will continue to yield to it. Determination causes you to change your actions. Until there is a determination to change, you will continue to yield to your weakness.
Fourth, change the course that causes you to yield to the flesh to the course which causes you to yield to righteousness. The key to not yielding to the wrong thing is found in the verse above when it says, “…even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.” Righteousness is an action. A person who is righteous is a person who becomes a servant to righteousness, or performing right acts. You are going to yield to something, so the only way to stop yielding to the wrong is to start yielding to the right. You can’t do wrong and right at the same time. If you are going to overcome your weakness, you must yield to the strength that overcomes your weakness, and that is how you obtain victory. It all comes down to changing your course of life. If you determine to yield to the right, you will immediately stop yielding to the wrong. It is your choice!