Galatians 5:17 ISV
“For what the flesh wants is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, and so you do not do what you want to do.”
To be successful in accomplishing God’s will for our lives, we must have determination. One definition of determine is ‘to settle a dispute by an authoritative decision or a pronouncement.’ This definition encourages me because I make ‘pronouncements’ often as a way of building my determination in certain areas.
Sometimes the best way to overcome the temptation to give up is to say to yourself: ‘Oh, no you don’t! Stop your whining and straighten up right this minute!’
Galatians 5:17 tells us that the flesh and the spirit don’t get along. Remember, the definition of determine carries the idea of settling a dispute. This is important because if you are going to commit to anything, you will have to settle the never-ending dispute between your flesh and your spirit.
You may not always want to make the effort to be determined, but don’t give up or you’ll be outside of God’s will. Find the discipline today to make ‘pronouncements,’ encouraging yourself to stay determined and settle the dispute between your spirit and flesh as you follow God’s plan.
What to do? Allow the love of God reign in your heart. Have a forgiving spirit. And settle every dispute with yourself and the people around you and let God be God and be the judge.
Let Love Lead.