Reference text : Mark 14:1-15:47
Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
I read an article yesterday emphasising two key facets in scripture: one dimension was from James 4:7 which proposes to ‘resist the devil and he will flee’. The alternate dimension was 1 Corinthians 6:18a: ‘Flee sexually immorality’. Hence the dilemma: at a glance, these two texts appear contradictory because the very same believer is told to stand firm in the face of one temptation; and to run away in the face of another.
Today’s Gospel added the third dimension I sought: ‘the Spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak’. Hard as it is to admit, one of the strongest ongoing battles is not happening outside, but within the believer: the battle for supremacy between the Spirit and the flesh. My dear, this is one war you cannot take your eyes off for a single moment- in a very literally sense, don’t even blink.
The flesh may have been described as ‘weak’, but that weakness of the flesh, is evident when it comes to aligning and agreeing with the things of the Spirit. However, when it comes to seeking out its pleasures, the flesh is insatiable. Much like a bottomless well that never gets tired of receiving, it will always demand more. Thus, as the flesh is deprived of all its pleasures, it rebels to swing the tide in its favour, something the believer cannot allow to happen.
There is therefore the need to constantly remind ourselves that the flesh IS NOT and CANNOT be in charge because if we don’t, we really could find ourselves in a whole lot of trouble.
Remember # don’t take your eyes of the battle going on within- don’t fuel the desires of the flesh.