Out of control.
Paul declared that he was wretched, miserable and frustrated because he could not seem to get control over his natural, fleshly, carnal desires. (Rom 7:24) They were ruling and controlling him. They were overpowering his spirit man and leading him into bondage and condemnation. He needed help. Just like you and I need help. And there is help… Thank God!
God understands our dilemma. He knows that we are “but flesh.” He understands our failures and frustrations. He wants us to draw from what He has provided so that we might live in victory and peace. There is conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. It is a war.
Paul says that this is a Law of Sin and it is continually warring against the Law of our mind. The law of sin fights against our will. What we will to do is overpowered by the strength of sin (the flesh) and we find ourselves defeated and overcome.
In order to overcome the strength of sin that fights against us, the human will must come into play. If you overcome the flesh, you must want to overcome the flesh. You will never get free unless you want to be free. God will not work against the human will. What you will and what you want, God will respect. He will not intervene or force Himself into your life and your plans. If you want out, God will get you out. If you want to stay under the control of your flesh and continue to suffer the consequences… God will not stop you. Your deliverance is up to you. Not me. Not the church. Not some prophet or evangelist… or anybody else…. Your deliverance is dependent on you.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
Let not (you have the power to “let” or to “let not”) sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6:12
It’s up to you