The Bible tells us we don’t walk in the flesh; we walk in the Spirit. One of the areas where people are attacked continuously is in their emotions and feelings.
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:11-13 NASB
The Bible implores us, don’t live by your flesh. Some of you are wrecked by your emotions and feelings, wrecked by fear, concern. Something happens, and it grips you. You fight with your son, spouse, or boss, and you wonder if they will ever talk to you again. You feel like you have to walk around on eggshells or have to ‘kiss up.’ Or maybe you live in fear of a nuclear attack or pandemic. I heard a story of someone who attempted to rape a woman, and she got away, but for the rest of her life, she slept with the lights on, a pistol under her pillow, and her doors locked. There is nothing wrong with guns or having your doors locked, but she lived in utter fear about it. I’ve shared a story before about a woman who didn’t have breast cancer, but her mother and grandmother did, so she went and had a mastectomy because she lived in fear of cancer. When you enter into a crisis when the Doctor gives you a bad report or when you find out something bad about your children. Are you in the flesh or faith? You may look at your bank account, and you have more bills than you have money. Whatever the situation is, if you are in the flesh and have not tamed your five physical senses; then you will be like what the book of James says; a double-minded man that is unstable in all of his ways. You will flop back and forth. Flesh equals your five physical senses. Let’s look at how to tame it.
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
He says He will not remember your sins anymore. Look again at Isaiah 43,
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.” Isaiah 43:18 NASB
God wants you to let it go. It does not matter what it is from your past, whether someone did you wrong, or you did someone else wrong, let it go. Don’t let that stuff impact you the rest of your life and keep you out of faith. I know a lady that watched her parents go through a bitter divorce, so she never wanted to marry. When she was older, she was mean, she never got to have children because she allowed her senses or her flesh to rule her. If God doesn’t remember your sins, why are you?
“Put me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right.” Isaiah 43:26 NASB
Look back again and read Isaiah 43:25, why does God wipe out your transgressions and sins, and forget them for His own sake? Would you want to remember your children’s mistakes? No! God doesn’t want to remember yours either! He doesn’t want to remember the time you walked in sin. If we don’t want to remember our sin, you know God doesn’t want to remember! God has super-natural forgetfulness, so why would you want to remind Him of your sin? God forgets your sins but says to remind Him of His promises. When it says in verse 46 ‘let us argue our case together’ remember God is the judge. He is calling your situation, whatever it may be, and He is saying to state your cause to Him so that He can prove you right. He is telling us that He wants to do our case together, He knows He is the judge, but He wants you to put Him in remembrance of His promises.
How do you tame your five physical senses? By getting in the Word. When you know that God has forgotten your sinful past, then you can begin to forget. Put God in remembrance of His promises instead of your past sins.
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:1-5 NASB
The first word in this passage is whoever. If you can put steam on a mirror, you are a whoever. When you become a believer and get into God’s Word, and you start to build your life on the Word, you will grow your faith and be able to tame your five physical senses. Many people are abused by their emotions.
God doesn’t make people sick, and God doesn’t send people to hell. The only person that God ever made sick and sent to hell was Jesus. Hell was not made for humans. Some people preach a form of Gospel that says there is God’s elect. If you are called and are one of the elect or chosen, you are going to heaven; if not, you are going to hell. I believe those people love the Lord but are way off base and ignorant.
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.’” Matthew 25:41 NASB
God prepared hell for the devil and his angels. Hell was never meant to hold a human being. It wasn’t made for them. God made humans with a covenant. It started with Adam; he messed it up. God went right back and established His covenant with Noah, went right back and established His covenant with Abraham, and He has established it for you. God never intended anyone to go to hell.
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.” Galatians 5:6 NASB
You want to control your senses? Walk in love, get in the Word. Look back again at 1 John 5,
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14 NASB