As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Our sinful nature… our flesh has cravings. This is true for every human being that lives on the planet. Disobedience is not in the cravings but in the gratifying of those cravings. Gratification comes to our flesh when we yield, give in, satisfy those cravings. Sin comes in those moments, not in the fact that our flesh cried out for something. This is explained in the difference between temptation and sin. It’s the exact same thing. Everyone is tempted (1 Cor 10:13). It’s common to the human experience, but temptation is not sin. Sinful cravings of the flesh are not sin. Sin comes in the giving in to the temptation; satisfying the craving; doing something that is an affront to the Lord. All of us have cravings of the flesh. All of us have gratified the flesh at some point. All of us need a Savior to bring forgiveness for those sins, and by God’s grace, that’s who we have in Jesus! A Savior. He has made us alive!
Everyday I need to remember who I am in Christ. Being on the front lines in this divine conflict, I need to, like Paul said, be aware of the devil’s schemes. I need to take up the full armor of God (Eph. 6) to do well, even survive in this conflict. One piece of the armor is called the Helmet of Salvation. Jesus is my Savior. By God’s grace I’ve been made alive in Christ. This truth protects my mind, which is where the battle to gratify the cravings of the flesh takes place. When I remember God’s grace and where He has placed me (Eph. 2:6), there is power for daily living.
Everyday it’s You I live for, Lord Jesus! Everyday I follow after You. Everyday I’ll walk with You, my Lord. Thank You for Your amazing grace which has made me a son of the Most High God. And thank You for Your Spirit who walks with me this day.