Make No Provision For The Flesh

You and I are sinners.  1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  As a Christians, you should not be an individual that practices sin.  But from time to time you may sin by saying or doing something contrary to the will of God.  When you do, you must humbly confess your sin.  1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

But there is a difference between being overtaken in a fault or falling to temptation and planning for sin.  The apostle Paul put it this way – Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”  To make provision for the flesh would be to plan and make arrangements to fulfill your lusts.  Perhaps a plan would involve spending time, money, or traveling to a location to fulfill your lust.  In the world, a premediated crime is given a worse punishment than a similar crime committed on impulse.  For example, premeditated murder is given a worse punishment than murder committed on impulse.  Making provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts, describes a premeditated sin.

The apostle James describes the temptation/sin process.  James 1:13-15 “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”  There is the desire or temptation, the enticement, the commitment of the sin, and the full growth of sin that brings forth death. 

It is not wrong to be tempted.  Jesus was tempted by the devil.  Matthew 4:1 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  The devil gave Him three temptations.  Jesus resisted the devil and responded to each of the temptations by quoting appropriate truths from the word of God.  Jesus committed no sin.  The wrong comes when you yield to the temptation and commit the sin.

The apostle Paul instructs you – “make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:14)  When you are tempted, you could encourage your lust, be enticed, plan and make provision, and commit the sin.  Or, when you are tempted, you could remember what the Bible says about the matter, pray to God for strength, and turn your back on the sin.

Rather than make provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts, you are instructed to put on the Lord Jesus Christ.  What does that mean?  As a Christian, you are, by definition, a disciple of Jesus Christ.   To put on Jesus Christ is to make your actions like His actions, your attitude like His attitude, and your desire to please the Father as was His desire to please His Father.  Consider Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

I encourage you to make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.  Instead, have the same mind as Jesus Christ and be obedient to the Father.

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