Life is hard enough, but are we making it even more difficult because we not only fighting external forces, but we are also waging war against our own soul? Surely not!

Don’t let yourself be tricked into opening the door of your soul to the forces which will destroy you. The Bible says: “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” (1 Peter‬ ‭2:11‬)

The first time that this verse ever got my attention, I was out running a trail and listening to the audio of the book of First Peter. It literally stopped me in my tracks. It made so much sense in my own life! About half of my problems were not being caused by external forces of evil, but rather, the evil I was ALLOWING into my own soul.

Was I crazy?

No—I was foolish. Although the more obvious “passions of the flesh,” like sex or drug addiction, or the disproportionate pursuit of money and success—were easily identifiable as enemies of my soul—I never considered that there were more subtle enemies I’d ALLOWED in. What enemies? Worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, unforgiveness, dissatisfaction, bitterness, etc., and they were like termites—gnawing deep holes and slowly tearing away at the very foundation of my soul. When these negative emotions penetrate my soul’s fortress and are not immediately expelled, they become “passions of the flesh,” waging war in my soul.

What a revelation!

It was time to begin searching my soul and asking God to do some serious soul reconstruction. Some of the damage from these termites is so deep that my soul bears permanent scars. I don’t want anymore! The closer I stay to God, the more the light of His presence reveals the subtle “passions of the flesh” and the more quickly I give them the boot.

In God’s presence, peace reigns supreme in my soul.


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