The Disciplined will

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laymen

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Do you think one of the biggest enemies besides Satan is of our own will? If so, what do you?

Today's culture with pictures and music that appeal to our senses making us emotional, feelings of fear, anger and lust trigged without even realizing it. Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things"
 

Deuteronomy

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Hello @laymen, on this side of the grave, the world, the flesh and the devil (cf 1 John 2:15-16) will continue to be problematic for believers, because our "old self", while suppressed by our new nature (Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17), continues to exist and is always ready to rear its ugly head whenever we allow it to do so :confused: This is why we are commanded to (day by day/moment by moment), put off the old self/old man/old nature and choose to put on the new self/new man/new nature instead .. e.g. Ephesians 4:22-24.

The Christian Spiritual Disciplines are one of the keys that help us do that .. e.g. Bible Study, Prayer, Fellowship, Witnessing, & Scripture Memorization (to name 5 of the very most important ones) .. e.g. Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:9, 11; John 17:17, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Hebrews 10:24-25; Isaiah 43:10, as is disciplining ourselves in regard to the kind of things that we allow our minds and hearts to dwell on throughout the day .. Philippians 4:8.

So, we must choose to use the tools that have been made available to us through the Holy Spirit to lead disciplined lives to guard both our hearts and our minds. And we must learn to make Him part of EVERYTHING that we do by learning to practice the presence of God in every moment of our lives .. e.g. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

God bless you!

~Deut


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Do you think one of the biggest enemies besides Satan is of our own will? If so, what do you?

Today's culture with pictures and music that appeal to our senses making us emotional, feelings of fear, anger and lust trigged without even realizing it. Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things"
I absolutely believe our free will can cause us great problems. We are easily led astray by the temptations of the world. Given the problems free will presents, why would God give us this gift? Because He wants us to CHOOSE to love Him! He wants a people who love Him and obey Him because it is their "will" to do so through their belief in Him.

Our "will" as with all other aspects of our lives must be "disciplined" through our study of Scripture, and the maturing growth of our faith. I suspect some folks will be put off with "discipline" being needed, but, IMO, it is a certain truth. Discipline mirrors Obedience IMO......and one strengthens the other.
 
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Do you think one of the biggest enemies besides Satan is of our own will? If so, what do you?

Today's culture with pictures and music that appeal to our senses making us emotional, feelings of fear, anger and lust trigged without even realizing it. Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things"
Certainly, there a whole chapter about it in Romans.
My church has a word for it as well. We call it concupiscence.