"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." (Prov. 16:32)
"We live in an age of rage (but) he who conquers his anger conquers a strong enemy."~~J. David Branon
The toughest enemy you'll ever come up against is yourself.--(Doowop)
In Christ, which is where ALL of us are at ALL times when we belong to Him, we have two "seasons", as it were: seasons of peace, and seasons of "participating in the victory" (not "of WAR", because Jesus has already WON the war). But to experience the victory that is there for us, we DO have to engage in the "battles" (sometimes called "Spiritual warfare") that are measured out for us (Rom. 12:3) to win. And we will have these battles all through our life until the day comes that our faith no longer just "BELIEVES" it will win--it "KNOWS" it will (II Tim. 1:12).
The battle against yourself..?? That's your own "personal-sized" devil, a.k.a., your "flesh"--that part of you, when they show your cartoon on TV in Heaven, that pops up on one side of you looking like a red imp with a pitchfork trying to talk you into doing something dumb, while on the other side, the REAL you (looking like an angel in your cartoon)--the one Jesus died for and is helping to grow every day (Phil. 2:13)--is telling you the right thing to do.
Do we stumble and fall sometimes..?? Absolutely..!! But before the cartoon goes off and the commercial comes on, we DO win in the end. And we will in that next cartoon, too. You see, every time one of us comes through a trial and our faith is strengthened one more degree, that's just one more kick in the teeth for satan.
Wanna enjoy your life more and please the Lord while doing it..?? Keep right on chooglin' through alla them trials and let your faith keep on growing...and keep on beating the hell out of satan--EVERY DAY..!!
You CAN whip your-"self" (your flesh). With the Holy Spirit, you CAN'T lose..!! wink emoticon