“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
In Romans 7, Paul talks about his battle with sin. One of the things that is often portrayed wrongfully is that Paul was helpless over sin. Paul was not helpless over sin, but he chose to sin in spite of knowing what was the right thing to do. Paul said in verse 15, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” Notice, he was the one who willed himself to either do or not do what he was supposed to do. He was not helpless in this battle over sin, but he chose to do sin in spite of knowing he was doing wrong.
Just like Paul chose to sin, you also choose to sin. You are not helpless in your battle over sin. Let’s face it, every time we do wrong, we are the ones who chose to do wrong. Nobody makes a person look at the wrong picture. Nobody makes you angry, but you choose to get angry. You can say that somebody provoked you, but you are the one who ultimately chose to do wrong. My friend, it doesn’t matter how much someone provokes you to do wrong; you are the one who chooses to do it. You will never overcome sin until you first stop blaming others for what you have done. Every person who does wrong doesn’t do it because they are helpless or someone has provoked them to do it, but they did it because they chose to do it.
However, the battle over whether or not you choose to sin is a two-fold battle. The verse above shows this two-fold battlefield is your mind and the flesh. Your mind is one of the greatest battlefields that you must protect because whatever you feed your mind your flesh will ultimately do. What happens with many believers is that they feed their mind the wrong things, and then their flesh wants to do what the mind has been fed. Your flesh is sinful, but your flesh can only gain strength to tempt you to do more sin by you feeding it sinful things. So, what is the answer to this two-fold battle?
First, stop letting the flesh dictate what you do. One of the mistakes believers make is that they let their flesh tell the mind what to do instead of letting the mind tell the flesh what to do. When your flesh starts dictating what you do is when you will find yourself constantly doing wrong. The flesh is never to tell you what to do. The Scriptures command us to crucify the flesh. My friend, one reason you are failing in the battle over sin is because you are allowing the flesh to dictate to your mind what you should do.
Second, stop feeding the wrong food to the mind. You must protect your mind. You cannot feed your mind the wrong information and expect your flesh not to want to do what it has been fed. You will start winning the battle over sin when you start letting your mind tell your flesh what you will and will not do. The flesh can only do what the mind allows it to do; therefore, stop letting the mind be a servant to the flesh and instead make the flesh the servant to your mind.
Third, let your mind be controlled by walking in the Spirit. Romans 8:4 says, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” This is your answer to winning this two-fold battle; let the Spirit of God control your mind, which should control your flesh; in doing so, you will win the battle over sin.