Many Christians today quickly turn to man-made things in an attempt to achieve victory over the flesh, just as Israel did. One glaring example is the vast number of self-help books found on the shelves of Christian bookstores. Literally thousands of books promise surefire ways of improving, appeasing and subduing our flesh. Indeed, everywhere we turn we are offered fleshly options to all our needs. Churches promise anointed revival meetings where all our spiritual needs are fulfilled by a prayer or a touch. Evangelists offer instant deliverance, instant healing, instant words from God.
The truth is, God gave Israel the option of choosing Him or the flesh in the midst of their situation. He said, “Go ahead and exercise your own will. Dig deeply into your inner man, study your books, plan your strategies, do everything you know how to do. But you will still be leaning on the arm of the flesh. None of your efforts will bring you one moment of victory.”
The more I study God’s Word, the clearer it becomes to me: All human striving for deliverance from sin is doomed to fail. God will let us go through the wringer time after time, until we are totally convinced we must die to all efforts of the flesh.
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