In every born-again believer, there is an ongoing battle between the flesh and the Spirit (Galatians 5:17). For many, the Spirit reigns, with only occasional setbacks. But for those still struggling to fully overcome a porn addiction, the flesh is posting wins in this battle far too often.
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 (Galatians 5:17).
The Christian literature describes a variety of battle plans for conquering the flesh and renewing the mind. While Spirit-Feeders are certainly an option, Flesh-Starving battle plans dominate the landscape in today’s Church.
STARVING THE FLESH vs. FEEDING THE SPIRIT
Starving the flesh. Feeding the Spirit. Both approaches have successfully freed believers from their addictions. But might one approach be preferred over the other? Advocates of accountability (= partner/group-aided starving of the flesh) openly acknowledge that accountability-based escape may be the hardest thing that an addict will ever do in his life. On the other hand, escape in the Way of Escape Battle Plan is accomplished by repeatedly popping a DVD into a DVD player and drowning oneself in the Holy Spirit. Easy-Peasy!
It is always easier to “Feed the Spirit” than to “Starve the Flesh.”
Much, much easier.
(for a lengthier discussion of the two approaches, including an explanation of how the Way of Escape Battle Plan is fundamentally different than all other approaches currently being discussed in the Christian literature, see the full blog at www.wileygrafbooks.com/news/feeding-the-spirit-v2)
A GAME-CHANGING BOOK HAS ARRIVED
In A Way of Escape, readers learn how to renew the mind by stepping up the degree to which they “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). They learn how to build a library of Spirit-anointed, flesh-diffusing apps. Apps that are uniquely fitted to them, and their unique Spirit-filling triggers.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
The still-struggling now have another option. The still-struggling now have fresh hope for discovering that long-sought-after way of escape from sin and temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). A way that—because it is wholly Spirit-powered—does not require enlisting the aid of an accountability partner or group. Truly, a game-changer!