"For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want." NIV
"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." KJV
There is a constant spiritual battle going on within each of us between the Spirit of God and our human nature. By nature, they are adversaries and cannot abide together. That's why we cannot walk in the Spirit if we flip flop back and forth between the two. If we are walking in the Spirit, we will not be doing what our human nature wants. Actually we will be set free from our human nature so we can do what the Spirit wants.
Heavenly Father, how comforting it is to know that your Holy Spirit dwells within us so that we can cling to Him and not get drawn to the self-centered nature of our flesh. Help us, Lord, to have wisdom and discernment to know when our human nature is sneaking up on us trying to deceive us into giving in to it. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D.