I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate (Romans 7:7).
I know it maybe a struggle to completely follow God, and sometimes it feels as though you’re fighting against yourself. Paul understood, because he wanted to do what he knew was right, but he often ended up doing the very thing he resisted. Why is that you may ask? First of all, understand that you are a three-part being made in the image of a three-part God. You are a spirit – that’s the eternal part of you that connects with God; you have a soul – that’s your mind, will, and emotions; and you live in a physical body. Ephesians tells us that the enemy comes against us in our minds and our souls. His goal is to drag us down and keep us from making right choices. But when you’ve spent time connecting with God through prayer, worship, and study of the Word, your spirit is strong, and you can make good decisions. When your spirit is strong, you will be able to hear God more clearly, and you will overcome temptation.
We all are tempted by the enemy, but we don’t have to follow temptation. God has empowered you by His Spirit to live as an overcomer in very area of your life. Choose to follow the Spirit, and you’ll move forward in the victory God has prepared for you.