Flesh is often what gets in the way of us accomplishing God’s plan for our life. Faith, on the other hand, is what leads us to God’s plan for our life. Flesh and faith coincide but do they work against each other? A better question, is your faith stronger than your “flesh”? Being a former athlete resistance is quite beneficial because it builds up your muscle strength. Flesh is similar to the power of resistance our “flesh” constantly goes against our faith, which in turn should strengthen our faith.
Unfortunately, this is not often the result just as in athletics the idea of getting stronger doesn’t work for various reasons such as, not resisting enough, incorrect form, or not focusing. When our focus is off our faith is off. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…” However, if we don’t hope for anything where is our substance? Faith is only the substance of what we have hoped for.
Also, “Faith without works is dead…” I have hoped to remain a virgin until married, but I have also disciplined my flesh to fulfill this goal. It is not enough to believe or hope in something we must also make a plan to discipline ourselves to accomplish that goal.
In transition from living a life lead by the flesh (meaning your own ideas/plans) to a life of faith (meaning totally relying on God) takes time. As we resist the plans of our flesh and pursue for the plans of God our transition begins to become our lifestyle.
Scripture: “…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20 NKJV)