Your flesh is your greatest enemy! I'm not talking about the meat under your skin, I'm talking about your soul. "Then why say flesh if you're talking about my soul?", you might ask. When your soul is so influenced and overwhelmed by the desires of your body that it is overcome by those desires, God calls that condition "flesh". God created us as spirits who have a soul and live in a body, but when people's souls became so ruled by bodily desires that the spirit was left completely out of the picture, God said that they were "only flesh"!
Believe me, your flesh is out to kill you! And your flesh is the favorite, if not only, tool of the enemy of your soul, Satan. The Bible says that we are tempted and "drawn away by our own lust". It would be hard to open a door without a doorknob and the lust of our flesh is the doorknob that Satan takes hold of to enter into our lives! The flesh wants constant attention and continuous entertainment. Think about it; people eat themselves to death, drink themselves to death and will use drugs, alcohol and tobacco knowing that it will harm their health! But the flesh doesn't care, as long as it is pleasured!
As I said before, you have a spirit and you have a soul and you have a body. The soul will be ruled by your spirit and it's desires or by your body and it's desires. That's just the way it is. If your soul is led by your spirit, the Bible says that you are "spiritually minded" (the mind is a part of your soul) and that you will have life and peace. If your soul is led by your body, the Bible says that you are "carnal (body) minded" and that you will have death.
The old story tells of two dogs in a fight, a black one and a white one. The one who wins the fight will be the one who was fed the most. That's a simplistic illustration that falls short in many ways, but I think you get the picture. Galatians 6:7-8 tells us that "he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he
who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."

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