3 Ways We Become Obligated to the Flesh
1. Driven by a lust for pleasure or relief from pain:
Can’t eat just one? That desire for one more bite of chocolate, one more Lays potato chip,
or one more drink is the work of a physical craving. To the extent that we yield to these cravings, we fall into bondage – we are obligated to carry it out. If we overcome these cravings, we gain the victory (as I put away my box of Milk Duds). The matter is not so frivolous if it entails committing a grievous sin. When this happens, it is a war between the carnal nature and the spiritual man.
How do you get free? Quote Scripture
Romans 8:12-13 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors–not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
In Christ, you are no longer a debtor – no longer obligated to live according to the flesh…
2. Driven by peer pressure:
The whole gang may insist that you wear your hat backwards, but you don’t have to. However, they will most likely try to make you feel obligated. It is so easy to fall for social acceptance, that it can turn into a bondage you cannot shake. How do you overcome this? If you don’t do what they say, you will be an outcast. Put on an eternal perspective. Jesus said that when we are reviled in this life, we will be rewarded in the next.
How do you get free? See yourself as a citizen of heaven and a stranger on this planet… and quote Scripture
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven,”
In Christ, you are no longer obligated to follow the crowd.
3. Driven by pride:
You’ve got to prove yourself. You have worked hard to gain a reputation as the best, the baddest, the this-est and the that-est. So you have to do this thing to maintain your status. Nobody bosses you around… nobody tells you what to do. Guess what? Your need for status now has you in bondage, and it is telling you what to do.
How do you get free? Determine to be humble, and trust God to give you His status.
1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
In Christ, you are no longer obligated to be the Macho Man… Be the Christ Man!