For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. ~Romans 7:18-19
A turf war is a conflict between two opposing factions for control over territory. Gangs typically fight over territory. Nations or people groups at war with each other fight for territory. The more territory an opposing faction has, the more control they can exert. This morning, we are looking at a spiritual turf war. This turf war involves a constant daily conflict between our flesh life and the spirit life. Our question we face this morning is “Who is winning the turf war?”
We see the spiritual REALITY.
We are in an ongoing spiritual battle between the flesh and the Spirit. Our fleshly nature rebels against God. Our fleshly nature has appetites, cravings, desires and lusts that are very strong. When the flesh is in control, we live to satisfy the fleshly cravings. When the Spirit is in control, we desire to live in the Spirit and please the Lord. There are days when we are making good progress in our spiritual life, and have taken ground away from the flesh and the devil. The taking of ground by the Spirit is a victorious life over tendencies and temp