I buffet my body and make it my slave. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Weak? Maybe in a way, but I think for me, the flesh is strong, very strong. To begin this life of slavery I am noticing that my flesh isn't liking it much. I am pretty much bent on my ways. And to be truthful, I think I am still trying to make my ways God's ways. The Bible says that He will give me the desires of my heart. I am still trying to make my desires His. The flesh is so strong in me. I was reading in  2Chronicles20 this morning about Jehoshaphat defeating the Ammonites and Moabites. Two very strong types of the flesh in the OT. ( Moab and Ammon are descendants of the incestuous relationship of Lot and his daughters) The Ammonites and Moabites and Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. ( I kind of feel like my flesh is doing the same with me.) Jehoshaphat started out terrified and begging God for guidance. The first thing he did was to call for a fast. Realizing that they didn't know what they were doing,  he was looking to God for answers and for help.

God answered! He said, "Listen....Do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, (Remember the flesh here, mighty army? Yes that is definitely my experience) for the battle is not yours, but God's."...........He goes on to tell them to go to battle, but that they won't need to fight, just stand still and watch the Lord's victory. He says,
"Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!"
Remember now, this is all after they admitted their weakness and inability to solve their own problems, and they fasted and sought God. So the next morning they do just as God says, and on the way to the battle Jehoshaphat says, " Listen to me, all you people ....believe in the Lord your God and you will be able to stand firm........" And then he sent the singers in the front! Praise goes before the battle my friends! It says that at the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to fight among themselves! And that was it! Not a single one of the enemy escaped! Yoohoo!!!
And then it goes on to get even better! There was so much plunder that it took them three days to collect it all! More than they could carry. They named the place the 'Valley of Blessing'. Isn't that just like God, when He blesses it is so abundantly more than we could ask or think of! A very fitting name. The Valley of Blessing. And the total end result? Peace, rest on every side.

So this is what I am thinking. In order for me to live this life of total surrender, I am getting to the point where I am going to have to get serious about my flesh. It is time to kill it. To admit my weakness and inability to solve my own problems, and  fast and seek God.  I am going to try fasting today. Pray for me.

I am expectantly waiting on God to honor His Word. This is exciting! I will keep you posted.

Glory to God!



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