Gal. 5:17 The old sinful nature loves to do evil which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from conflict.
If you are not in the middle of a spiritual warfare taking place in you, you are not living right with God. The Spirit of Christ is constantly fighting against Satan for control of your heart. The two are on opposite sides and will never get along.
Satan wants to destroy you. He wants to suck the life right out of your soul. He will do everything that he can to keep you from doing what pleases God. His desire is to draw you as far away from God as he possibly can. He never has, and never will, have your best interests in mind.
On the other hand, the Holy Spirit always has your best interests on His mind. He desires to lead you closer to God. He longs to see you gain victory over sin so you can have a deeper fellowship with God. He wants you to know the truth so that it can set you free from Satan’s hold on you. He wants to teach you the deeper things of God so you will know them and live by them. The Spirit always is leading us out of darkness into the light of God’s glory.
God allows us the freedom to choose whether the Spirit or Satan rules over our hearts. We choose who will gain the upper hand. We choose whether we will pursue godliness or follow our sinful desires. We determine who claims victory over our souls.
Who is ruling your heart today? Are you helping or hindering his efforts to rule you?