But I say, walk by the Spirit,
and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit,
and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh,
for these are opposed to each other, to keep you
from doing the things you want to do.
(Gal 5:16~17 - ESV)
As Christians we have two ways we can live.
We can live in the flesh and short-circuit the power of God in our lives.
Or we can live in the spirit and experience it fully.
As I said last week, living in the flesh is the default. If we chose nothing, we get that.
Assuming the serious Christian will want to have the power of God in his life, the challenge then becomes exactly how to choose the spirit and continuously live in it.
The conclusion I've come to (or, maybe I should say, the best answer I've yet found in over 20 years of following Christ) is this: The problem and the solution are all in your mind.
That's not to say they aren't real. They are real. They are very real. In fact, they are likely much more real than you've ever realized.
But they're in your mind.
That's where they exist. Your mind is the battlefield for the way you live your life.