Works of the Flesh

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Submitted: September 18, 2016

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My weakness triumphs,

My flesh feasts and celebrates the defeat of my spirit

It bathes in the iniquity of my foolish actions-

Indulges in the fruit of failure and disobedience

Oh where has my judgement fled?

Oh where is my will:

The resistance of righteousness?

My spirits stirs inside my chest-

As a result of its angry protest

“Why?” Saith the lord, “Have you sinned against me?”

My spirits bows it’s head and sobs in agony and regret

My flesh sighs, “Oh what a bore that old spirit is,

Stop crying purity, let me alone.”

Because the spirit tugs at the conscience-

Something of which the flesh has no control.

My soul in a constant battle to resist the temptations of a wicked world,

A nauseating dry land,

The sun beats down rays of immorality

And I sweat the tears of resistance.

Let me alone wicked sun,

There is nothing new underneath you:

A life full of vanity, that's what you offer me,

Keep the wickedness to yourselves,

You cursed ones

I shall paint a cross on my forehead

And put up my war flag.

I have put on the full armor of the lord

I am stronger than you-

If only I could keep my focus

If only I didn’t have to share my life with weakness-

That prideful flesh.

Be gone oh flesh!

I wish to travel to the land of spiritual renewal

You have nothing to gain in battling me

The body can’t live without a breath of life.

Without a spirit

I am stronger than you!

I don’t need a fleshly body to live.

I’ll fly away into that magnificent sky

Whenever the lord is willing

So patiently I await that day of everlasting victory

The precious gift of mortal death

For the death of the body brings eternal life

 

Biblical Reference

 

Galatians 5:16-23 

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Philippians 1:22-23,

 22But if I go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. So what shall I choose? I do not know. I am torn between the two- I desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better indeed. 

 



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