1 Corinthians 9

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But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

– 1 Corinthians 9:27

Every human being has a body, a soul and a spirit. Because of sin our souls are captive to the whims, appetites and desires of our bodies (i.e. our flesh). When we are born-again by the Spirit of God, our spirits are now alive to live for and after the things that are pleasing to God. But our flesh still wars against our spirits, and our spirits against the flesh so that we do not do the things that we (spiritually) desire to do.

To experience spiritual victory and live for those things that are pleasing to God and ultimately satisfying to us, we must discipline our bodies to bring them under the control of our spirits. This death to self is hard. Impossible in fact, if it were not for the Spirit of God living within.

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