There is a story in the book of Genesis of Rebecca the wife of Isaac who was pregnant with twins who were named Jacob and Esau. The story goes on to say while Rebecca was pregnant, she inquired of the Lord and asked Him what was happening as the twins jostled each other within her womb. The Lord showed me that allegorically Esau represented the flesh and Jacob represented the spirit. In the same way that they were struggling with one another on the inside of Rebecca, many of you have a struggle happening within yourselves which is your flesh warring against your Spirit.
The Lord says to those of you who have been struggling and battling within yourself:
“Don’t allow your flesh to dominate. Don’t allow the nature of your flesh to win as your old nature is battling with the divine nature. Don’t allow carnality to rule. Allow My Spirit to lead and direct you from the inside and you will be set free from this constant struggle. When times of temptation arise, know that you have the strength to follow the way of the Spirit. Use that which I have imparted to you.
When you are tested and tried through the contention of others, don’t give in to their accusations or folly. Do not be controlled by your senses, neither be controlled by how you feel. Do not be led by the thoughts that war against your soul. Stay strong through difficult times and prayerfully seek Me to lead you and guide you in the way of righteousness.
Just as the rivalry was between Jacob and Esau, stand steadfast and don’t give up your birthright. Don’t dismiss the blessing that I have bestowed upon your life by submitting to carnality. Hold on to the dream that I have placed on the inside of you. Understand the Covenant that I have made with you. Don’t let go of what I have already provided for you as you learn how to master your flesh and submit to the Spirit inside of you.”
…. says the Lord.”
“But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger”” Genesis 25:22 -23.
“For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me” Romans 7:18 – 23.
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” Galatians 5:16 – 17.