As strangers and pilgrims, we are not to let the lusts of the flesh overtake us. A stranger is someone who does not belong wherever they are at.
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Strangers and Pilgrims
As strangers and pilgrims, we are not to let the lusts of the flesh overtake us. A stranger is someone who does not belong wherever they are at. They are out of place. A pilgrim is one who explores or goes to place that he does not intend on staying with a purpose or mission in mind. This world will pull you in very quickly. This modern life with its gadgets and social media can quickly get you off track and away from God. This flesh only wants to lust after things it should not have. It also never wants to be content with what God has given us. We need to abstain or stay away from these lusts of the flesh as much as possible. They are not going to do anything good for your spiritual condition. It is a war. It is a war of the soul vs. the flesh. The flesh wants to take your soul down. Often it is more effective than the devil himself. A pilgrim or a stranger does not worry about this world because he does not belong here. He just wants to get in, do his mission and then get out.
The War is On
The war is on the minute you get saved. You never battled your flesh before you got saved. You just did whatever your flesh told you to do. There was no war because there was no opponent. That is one way you can tell if you are saved. If you are saved this battle occurs daily in your life or it should. The flesh is the unchallenged victor in the lost person’s life. Now that you are saved, there is a daily battle that happens. As a stranger to this world you need to make sure you stay on heaven’s side and not give into the devil’s side. Victory can only come by not giving into temptation. Have you declared war against your flesh today. If not, you need to. It is public enemy number one.