Between Two Yearns: The Spirit and The Flesh

Have you ever felt stuck between the desires of the spirit and the desires of the flesh? Today, Jeff shows us how to overcome the constant tension we feel between our yearning for heaven and our yearning for the things of this passing world. By taking us back to Scripture, he shows us how to face this battle and walk according to God’s purpose for our lives.

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“Connection is more important than perfection.”


“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38


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Overcoming Temptation

As Jesus taught His apostles:

“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38)

  • Focus on growing in your relationship with God and not on self-amusement
  • Use your time wisely
  • Immerse yourself in Scripture
  • Seek the Sacraments 
  • Serve your neighbor

“making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”- Ephesians 5:16

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”- Colossians 4:5

From “If You Only Knew” from “Jekyll & Hyde”:

Do I just sit and yearn
Or try to live and learn

Kramer: Do you ever yearn?
George: Yearn? Do I yearn?
Kramer: I yearn.
George: You yearn?
Kramer: Oh, yes. Yes, I yearn. Often I sit… and yearn. Have you yearned?
George: Well, not recently. I’ve craved. Constant craving. But I haven’t yearned.

You can’t create time
86,400 seconds a day
If these were dollars you wouldn’t waste them.
Spend time educating yourself not entertaining yourself.


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Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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