Provision for the Flesh

Meditate upon and study these verses. Apply them and seek to find applications in your life.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof.]

Proverbs 4:23-27 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

I John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Romans 8:4-8 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


Not making provision for the flesh is one of the most practical and demanding things that Christ demands of us in our walk with Him. For us to live in freedom, we must put off the actions and habits of our bondage. We must forsake the fellowship and participation of those things which please and strengthen our flesh. This may seem obvious to some, but how few of us actually do it?

It is all a matter of priority: what do we desire most? What is truly the most important thing in our lives? Do we really trust God that He is truly worth the sacrifices He demands of us? Do you desire bondage to sin and death or to righteousness and holiness? Do you desire the blessings of the fruit of the spirit in your life, or do you desire the pleasures of sin for a season?
Don’t allow the same situations to occur over and over again that bring you greater temptation: eradicate them! Get rid of (with your parent’s permission) any movie, book, magazine, or whatever it is that is a temptation to you. Even if you are controlling it, but you know that it is there, get rid of it. You don’t need it, and you don’t need it adding more weight to your struggles. Whatever God convicts you about, obey it. Don’t dare not to dare.

Here is the challenge: live a month of your life in such a way as to be absolutely certain that there is absolutely no provision for the flesh and that there is a large amount of provision for the spirit. How? For one month (at least), do not watch any TV or movies: use the time instead reading the Bible, not something else. Do a hard thing that is well worth it and take the dare! Bite the bullet and post to let me know that you accept. Find someone to hold you accountable to it. Right now in your battle you need as little an amount of provision for the flesh and as much provision for the spirit as possible. Post if you think of any other things to include in the challenge; I just included TV because it is an obvious one.

With love, faith and satisfaction in Christ alone,
Jay Lauser

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