Enemy in the grind
In Romans 8, the apostle Paul highlights a struggle that we are all faced with. This struggle is the most prevalent when we are trying to accomplish something that truly matters–trying fulfill our purpose/calling in life. This battle rages when we find ourselves in the grind of trying to do something that matters.
There is a formidable enemy, an enemy that seeks to keep you right where you are, it seeks to keep you from your calling, keep you stagnant and without action. The name of this enemy is resistance. Resistance is birthed from our flesh and desires. It is used as a tool of the devil to keep us from greatness. But the good news is that persistence can wear out the resistance. (Go ahead and tweet that! #wemove.)
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires;but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (Triune being—Flesh and spirit game.) 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace… 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you…(Romans 8:5-17 NIV)
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father…” 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…