Repentance-crucifying the flesh is necessary because life and the enemy won’t leave us alone! As soon as a potential disconnect from the Lord begins, we start losing the peace of Christ which is meant to rule in our hearts at all times. This loss of peace is the Holy Spirit “throwing a flag on the play,” alerting us that we are being drawn in the wrong direction.
Noticing that loss of peace—and understanding what it means—gives us a choice: We can choose life by seeking to reconnect with our source of new life (Jesus) or we can choose death by continuing to let the temptation gain ground within us. Every fresh challenge or temptation, therefore, presents us with daily opportunities to grow spiritually into Christ or to fall back in reliance upon Self—our old nemesis and former god.