“Brethren! The only sure way given us in Scriptures in dealing with the flesh, is to keep it nailed to the cross! Crucify the flesh! Because that’s where it’s supposed to belong! The tendency to sin will always be around! The sinful desires and temptations will always come! But you will find yourself overcoming if you keep the flesh nailed to the cross!”

“Crucify the flesh?” I thought to myself.

“But Pastor Obiri!” I shot up my hand and asked, “If something dies, isn’t it best to keep it in a tomb? So why not keep the flesh in a tomb?”

“Ralph…Like I explained, the flesh still tries to exercise its rule through the members of our body! To us as Christians it is dead! But it still has the potency to cause us to sin through the sensual appetites it incites in the members of our body! Keeping it in a ‘tomb’ may sound like trying to restrict it or tame it! But the flesh cannot be tamed! You cannot teach the flesh how to please God, because it just can’t!” Pastor Obiri explained.

“It would always want to come out and be in control because that’s its nature! So you don’t bury it in any imaginary tomb just because dead things are kept in the tomb! Remember what God said to Cain, Sin is crouching at your door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master… and I believe He’s telling us same,” he continued. You need to control it! Bring it under subjection! And be master over it through the power of the Holy Spirit! You need to keep it nailed to the cross! Crucify it! That’s the best way to deal with it!”

I got to understand better then why I was failing in dealing with my sins! The tomb had meant to me as having self-imposed restrictions, trying hard to forget about my besetting sins and trying to tame the flesh!

“Crucifying the flesh is significant as it reminds sin and the flesh that Jesus has dealt with them on the cross when he himself took up the nature of sin and flesh and was nailed on the cross, bringing the power of sin and the flesh to naught over our lives! And Romans 6:6 explains that our body is made ineffective and inactive to evil by ‘nailing the flesh to the cross.’” Our pastor continued.

That day was a turning point in my life as our Pastor explained the mysteries about the flesh and how it contends with us to make us sin, and how Jesus has given us a way of dealing with it!

Pastor Obiri made us read other scriptures in Galatians 5: 16-24 and Romans 8 which made us understand that in Christ Jesus we have crucified the flesh, and we have to habitually keep it nailed to the cross!

“We have to make sure that we’re putting the flesh to death every time by keeping it crucified!”

“So Pastor Obiri,” I said. “How do we keep the flesh nailed to the cross? How do we keep it crucified?”


©Dorothy Budu-Arthur, 2016

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