Friday, January 20, 2012

Your Own Flesh and Blood

The hardest battle I've had to fight so far in life is the battle with my flesh...arrgh!!! when I say flesh, I swear I think of meat, so let me just exchange 'flesh' for 'Body'... I don't understand the beef  quarrel my body has with me. Its like its determined to annoy me every way it can. I diet...still I find my body increasing in size. Last week I went from a 62kg to a 59kg and I was shouting my testimony from the roof top only to weigh myself again today and I'm at 61kg... using the same scale. And I pause and I wonder what the hell did I eat within one week to bring back the weight, considering the fact that I stuck to the same diet. Except maybe for those three (3) mornings I ate peanut butter with my bread for breakfast. But then how come my own flesh allowed me hunger and taste for it and then eat it.???

But does it end there? No!! Its like my body read my Resolutions for the year and has determined to frustrate my resolve. What has not happened from then till now? I cant count the temptation o, my resolve to forgive has been tested and tried so much in these past week than in the last 10 years... on one occasion I almost went from my black beauty to green with envy when someone got something I had hoped will come my way, I had to call myself to order when I remembered that Love conquers all (including jealousy)... gossiping was almost creeping in along with its cousin 'Pride' and its neighbour 'Lust of the flesh' when I paused and thought  'No... no way...this is going too far!!' But I thank God for delivering me from the hands of flesh. Because it is obvious I cant trust my own flesh and blood to do what is right on its own..

You see experience has shown that the Devil isn't really your greatest enemy. Lemme rephrase that, the devil is the generic enemy... he doesn't really have a hold on you. You should beware your flesh... your flesh, if not properly watched, will open the main gate and parlour door for the devil walk in. Its your flesh that makes it easy to back-bite, to lust after another person's spouse, to commit adultery and bear false witness, to lie and take bribe, to cheat, to get angry and beat your chest and say 'Do you know who you are talking to?'... to treat your neighbour in a disdainful manner, to cringe when someone asks you for help... its your flesh that makes you say 'Never, I cannot talk to that person again'. Because the flesh is just too damn lazy to do the right thing. Have you noticed how hard it is to do the right things? It takes strength to say 'I am sorry' to someone who has offended you and is in non-speaking terms with you. It takes a stronger man to say 'No' to pre-marital sex... it takes strength not to give a listening ear to gossip... its hard not to indulge in the feeling of pride, its hard to give a genuine compliment to a stranger, its hard to be good to others without expecting anything in return. Its so darn hard becos the flesh is so darn weak.

So do you struggle with your flesh like I sometimes do? Do you wish you can stop disappointing yourself and God? Do you wish you have the grace to turn the other cheek when someone hit you hard? Then it means there is still hope for you... it means your spirit is still on the right track because it is still fighting to overcome the flesh, the flesh which is of a sinful nature. I mean if you no longer feel a tug in your guts when you are about to do wrong then your case is different ooo... maybe you need to check yourself well. But when you still feel that fight between your spirit and your flesh, then take it a bit further and put that flesh under subjection before she ruins you (its easier for me to think of the flesh as a she). How can you put that bitch her under subjection? By Fasting and Praying... by saying 'No' and acting right no matter how hard it is... by asking God to help you. Do it now. Jesus's strength is made perfect when we are weak

Quote: Galatians 5: 17 'For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.'

Till the next one

Nutty J


  1. This post make so much sense,especially this part; "You should beware your flesh... your flesh, if not properly watched, will open the main gate and parlour door for the devil walk in."

    May God really grant us the grace to resist 'flesh'.

  2. great post.

    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. guess it also depends on what we are feeding the most- our flesh or spirit which determines which one is stronger.

    may God help us all!

  3. This has blessed my greatly. So true. Can't add more...

  4. The flesh is the greatest scourge of man but it is also its failings and the struggle to check it that keeps us closest to God...

    GOD cant work with perfect people :)

  5. you all have been thinking about it too ne? hmmm good to know

  6. You said all that needs saying. The struggle is universal. i am fighting a particularly difficult one atm. I pray for the strength to overcome. The bible says God will not demand more from us than we are able. Yes, we can.

  7. First time here. Saw the "the girl your mom warned you about"...and the name of the post, about flesh and I thought it would have to do with sex only to realise the post was a sermon.

  8. Lol @ adebsrk...did I dissapoint you...or let you down?

    Glad you read it though... I'm sure your life will never remain the same...Amen? Amen.


  9. mmm, guess NuttyJ aint so nutty anymore...

  10. I love this..My first time on here and i was a bit shocked to see an inspirational sermon coming from ''Nutty J''.. An irony to say the least

    Don't mind me..I really like this. The body is weak but a resolved mind will always win.

    Following you now; would love it if you check mine out at

  11. Kay9 and OddNaijaChic : ah han! I've always been good na.... *winks*


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