Kenny Loggins wrote a song, “I’m Alright”. The lyrics go, “I’m alright, nobody worry ‘bout me, you got to gimme a fight, why don’t you just let me be?”
As transgenders, we can vacillate back and forth between our alarm at what we’re doing to ourselves and keeping people at arm’s length who might try to help us … “I’m alright, just leave me alone!”
This is completely understandable … there is a war going on inside of us. In Galatians 5, the Apostle Paul tells us, “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.”
Jesus said, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 “The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” Because God has given us a new heart, we can’t continue in sin with impunity. It just isn’t our nature to be sinners … we’re now saints (see “The Heart of Each Saint”). The weakness of our flesh is why the Apostle Paul, in Romans 7, says, “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man (the new heart). But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (the flesh). O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
We are indeed very “wretched” and miserable if we persist in trying to pander to the desires of our flesh and totally ignore our spiritual condition in Christ. This was the case in the church at Laodicea. In Revelation 3, Jesus Christ tells the Laodiceans, “… you say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing” – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked …” (See Dead to Sin, Alive to God.)
The picture of God and His holy saints, in Psalm 110, is of grass with morning dew, glistening brilliantly in the radiant light of the rising sun. “Your people shall be volunteers (willing) in the day of Your power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.”
So, give attention to your spirit … you are “alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6).