Spirit vs. Flesh

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38 NASB

Jesus knew that His disciples would face challenges. In that night before His crucifixion, He knew that they would be stretched and forced to deal with new pressures. They would be tempted and discouraged. What was the answer? To pray.

He was “very distressed and troubled,” and “deeply grieved to the point of death.” Jesus responded by praying fervently. In contrast, His disciples fell asleep.

Their response revealed a deeper truth: They could not make it on their own. They needed new tools and resources. They were His disciples, but still seemed to depend on their flesh. But Jesus knew that they needed supernatural help. They needed the power of the Spirit.

All Believers need the same kind of realization. We can fall into the same trap, depending on ourselves and our resources. But we all need to learn to depend on the Spirit. To realize the inevitable weaknesses of our flesh.

No matter how strong we might feel, our bodies inevitably weaken. No matter how determined, we always will fall short. No matter how much we desire to be perfect, we will fail. We will be stretched and face temptations and trials. But we can have hope by depending on the Spirit.

These principles are true at every stage of life. Our bodies may experience diminished strength, but the Spirit is perpetually powerful and willing. As we depend on the Spirit, His power can flow through us, giving us supernatural insight and strength.

In your life, learn from Jesus’ example. When you face unknowns and difficulties, turn to prayer. And learn to depend on the Spirit. He is ready to give you the power, wisdom, and ability you need. He can free you from the control of the flesh. He can help you commune with God, and overcome sins and weaknesses.


Prayer: Father, I commit these needs to You: ________. Thank You that I can depend on Your Spirit. Thank You for victory. Thank You for giving me the strength I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.