For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the
deeds of the body, ye shall live

Romans 8:13:

O that we would die and die quickly at that. Painful though it is, may we without hesitation pull it ever so passionately to our bosom. Then, and only then, will we be truly liberated from this enemy called, the flesh (dzr)

Of course the death I'm talking about is the dying to self. Galatians 5:24 states, And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. The extent to which we are willing to loosen our grasp on the things we deem dear, will we experience life as God has intended.

Elizabeth Elliot wrote;
We clutch so tenaciously to our rights, hopes, ambitions, something to which God has perhaps said a plain no. If would-be comforters offer us consolation and sympathy, if they assist us to strengthen our grasp when it should be loosened, they do not love us as God loves us.

Jesus put it in this LIGHT;
If any man would come after me, let him give up all, and take up his cross, and come after me. Because whoever has a desire to keep his life safe will have it taken from him; but whoever gives up his life because of me, will have it given back to him. For what profit has a man, if he gets all the world with the loss of his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? (Matt 16)

Because everything in the world, the desire of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world; it is these very things that if left unchallenged, will with all its evil influences, take up residence in our hearts until at last they have utterly destroyed us. We have a clear example of this recorded for our benefit from the times of Saul;

Now after the death of Saul,when David, having come back from the destruction of the Amalekites, had been in Ziklag for two days; On the third day a man came from Saul's tents. And David said to him, where have you come from? And the young man said, I came by chance to Mount Gilboa, and I saw Saul supporting himself on his spear; and looking back, he saw me and gave a cry to me. And answering him I said, here am I. And he said to me, who are you? And I said, I am an Amalekite. Then he said to me, Come here to my side, and put me to death, for the pain of death has me in its grip but my life is still is strong in me. So I put my foot on him and gave him his deathblow (2Samuel 1)

I don't get it you say? Will throughout the Bible the word Amalekite is also referred to as the "flesh." Early in Saul's reign as King God made it very clear that he was to utterly destroy the Amalekites; make no delay in completely destroying them, have no pity on them, take no captives, see to it not one survives.

Apparently, Saul disregarded God's command, for here stood this fellow who was more than willing to offer the final blow, to God's Anointed. And so it should come as no surprise that an Amalekite (A.K.A. the flesh) took Saul out.

What is it that you're holding on to that will become you're Amalekite? Peter reminds us that life outside Christ is vain and EMPTY. Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers
1Peter 1:18.

This kind of thinking calls for a clear mind. If you suppose for one moment the flesh is going to go along willing to the altar, you are sorely mistaken. It will fight you at every corner. This is a daily walk, a lifetime commitment to the LORD. And it will only be by and through HIS grace that we will be victorious.For the grace of God has come, giving salvation to all men, Training us so that, turning away from evil and the desires of this world, we may be living wisely and uprightly in the knowledge of God in this present life
Titus 2:11,12 - BBE

YES, THE WAY TO TRUE LIFE IS THROUGH DYING TO SELF! Jesus, as always is our example. It was because Christ once went through pain for sins, He the upright taking the place for us, His enemy, that we might be able to come back to God; He was put to death in the flesh, but given life in the Spirit
1Peter 1:18

We too are called upon to follow in our Saviors steps. Archbishop Fenelon wrote to the countess of Montberon; You want to die, but to die without any pain.... You must give all or nothing when God asks it. If you have not the courage to give at least let Him take.

My prayer for us is that we will die and die quickly to our flesh, so that He, our LORD and Master, might have the preeminence in our lives.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me Galatians 2:20


May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
r Dan

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