Mark 14: 38 [ ESV] Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 14:38 [Message] Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don’t enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don’t be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
Why do I sin?
There is an old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
I think it depends on who is doing the teaching.
In that I have a propensity to sin, I need the Holy Spirit’s help.
Call on Him, to keep me alert.
Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase nailed it! “Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
Oh that I’d be less lazy, and more eager.
Help me, Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.