Paul spoke well of the warring of the flesh with the spirit inside a man. It is amazing to me how deeply rooted my carnal nature is in evil and for a spirit made alive in Christ how it can soar to the heavens. Being now upon my 30th day on this water only fast the voices of my flesh is adamant and boisterous. The wickedness is far more subtle than perversity of lust, hatred, greed or conniving. Even food is not fueling a raging hunger. No the battle is all in the mind. My mind’s imagination is on a rapid fire and on constant.
Whether cooking, law, work, Dorean battles, marriage, relationships, hopes, disappointments, or just plain minutia the truth of it all is to distract from my thoughts being upon the Lord. Isn’t this the purest form of wickedness? How many “good” people have led an entire life without any grand displays of wickedness except their spirit never pondered the Lord. I battle with my spirit against this selfish ignoble flesh by praying by spirit. After a season the mind comes along and joins and I am liberated for the moment. The other tactic I use is to sing and worship. Somehow entering His courts with praise and thanksgiving serves the selfish root and the spirit soars. If you are like me perhaps these methods will help you. Do not neglect to fast for the battles of practice will yield victories when it counts. Training is good for every soldier.