KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:6 ” For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace;”
Every human being has a master of some kind. He or she is a slave to one thing or another. The kind of master you have determines the life you will live. There is a master called the flesh who is known to many of us because a lot of people are ruled by it. The Bible in some occasions uses the word carnal for the flesh. The scripture vividly shows how many men and women get enslaved by it. Rom 8:5 ISV “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” .The Bible says, those who live after the flesh Set the minds on the things of the flesh. Once the mind is captured the rest of the body follows suit like train coaches following the engine or head.
The flesh is a very harsh taskmaster because, it makes misery of all those it enslaves. I have seen middle aged men, because of lust of the flesh forsake their wives and family to go for girls as old as their own children. They spend so much on them and eventually they end up sick and broke. Some of the youth bound by the flesh cannot ignore very dangerous substances like Tramadol (Tramol), cocaine, heroin and many more. If God does not intervene, their end is always fatal. There are some who can’t pass the night without having sex of some kind. Some practice internet sex. Much is left to be said about those held by pornography, alcohol abuse and its related reproaches. Everyone held by the flesh in whatever form it may be is in great distress. Every one of them sincerely wishes he or she could be free from this master, yet it appears almost impossible to be free.
Why is it so difficult to come out of the grip of this supposedly harmless master? The truth is that there is a hidden master who hides behind the scenes using the flesh as a bait to enslave its victims. If this master was to come in his full form everyone would have rejected him. Eph 2:2 “that you once practiced as you lived according to the ways of this present world and according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now active in those who are disobedient. “This spirit is Satan. He is holding you bound
Inspite of this gloomy condition there is a way out, how? Just change your master. There is the best master who laid down His life for you. He will set you free from your current masters, the flesh and Satan. There is a life of peace, power and preservation available for you. It will take only a decision to make it possible. Sincerely decide to make Jesus the Lord of your life today. Determine to stay in church and never go into the world again. You may pray the following prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, with my whole heart I surrender to you. I believe in Jesus who died and rose up from the grave. I confess Him as master of my life today
Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For the desire is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.”
1 John 2:16 ” For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not the Father’s, but is the world’s”.