WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WALKING IN TRUE STRENGTH
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
(Galatians 5:16 ESV)
MY FLESH IS NOT THE WORST SUFFERING
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
(1 Peter 4:1 ESV)
A SPIRITUAL PURPOSE GIVES A GREATER STRENGTH
so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
(1 Peter 4:2 ESV)
MODERATION & BALANCE ARE A SIGN OF INNER STRENGTH
Let your reasonableness (moderation) be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
(Philippians 4:5 ESV)
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
(1 Peter 2:11 ESV)
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
(Proverbs 25:16 ESV)
BEING BORN AGAIN TRUMPS THE NATURAL LIFE
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
(Romans 6:6 ESV)
WALKING IN CHRIST GIVES VICTORY OVER THE FLESH
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
(Romans 13:14 ESV)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20 ESV)
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
(Galatians 5:24 ESV)
CUT AWAY ANYTHING THAT CAUSES YOU TO LOSE CONTROL
and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to appetite.
(Proverbs 23:2 ESV)
TRUE SELF CONTROL BEGINS BY BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT