Flesh Is Weak
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
If you ever want to give your flesh a test, try starting a diet the week of Thanksgiving. I have seen the best go down during this holiday, and I am not sure that anyone can endure such a challenge. We all have things we struggle with, and we will not be free of all temptation, addiction or vices until we get to our eternal destination. God does not take away our sinful desires, but He does gives us a way to escape the temptation we face. I could write a novel with the many things I have struggled with in my life, and there are still things that hold my allure I still struggle with and must fight. I have come to know this verse as truth in my life as my spirit indeed is willing, but my flesh is weak.
I recently had a goal in mind as I was nearing my graduation ceremony. I knew there would be pictures, so I decided I would get into decent shape to represent myself well in the photos. I was about six weeks out from my graduation and I started off my diet quiet well, but it was only the first day. Taco Tuesday would be my first test of the week, and I quickly succumbed to two tacos instead of my usual four. Needless to say, my willpower fell short of my desires, and I soon allowed myself to have a cheat day or two. My cheat day turned into cheat everyday, and I soon found myself at Thanksgiving week with little to no will power. I forgot all about my goal of losing weight, and all I could think about was that delicious turkey with all the fixings.
Well, my graduation day arrived and I was the exact same weight as I was six weeks prior. I was glad I ordered my gown in the larger size just in case I needed the extra room. I guess I had a failure mindset from the beginning or I would have put down the smaller weight for my gown size. My pictures came back and I could see I failed in my goal to lose some weight because I lost sight of my goal. I could not see past my stomach, and I fell short because of it. The flesh is truly weak even though my desire was there to lose the weight.
Every day there is a battle waged between our flesh and our spirit. We may have a desire to do what is right, but if we do not watch and pray, the flesh will get the better of us. I am sure the disciples desired to watch and pray with Jesus, but their flesh got the best of them. We often look down on them for falling asleep at a time when Jesus needed them most, but we sometimes struggle to get through a 30-minute sermon. He warned them to watch and pray, but they still succumbed to the flesh like many of us do. If Jesus warned His disciples, we should take heed as well. 1 Peter 5:8 states, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Where are you today? Do you have a desire to do what is right, but struggling with the flesh? Do you keep pleasing God as the main goal or are you distracted by the pull of the world? May we know the weakness of our flesh, and may we never lose sight of the eternal goal that is ever before us. Jesus knew the frailty of man, and He warned us about our flesh because He understood the struggle we face as He faced it as well. May we live a life that is surrendered to Him, and not one that is surrendered to our flesh.
Stay in the fight!