I like these lines from Christina Rossetti:
God harden me against myself,
This coward with pathetic voice
Who craves for ease and rest and joys
Myself, arch-traitor to myself;
My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe,
My clog whatever road I go.
Yet One there is can curb myself,
Can roll the strangling load from me
Break off the yoke and set me free.
It is challenging to say the least when we realize that the biggest enemy we can have is ourselves. What we want can get in the way of what is good, what is truly good. Of course we think we know better.
This is part of the old life in Adam, and we in Jesus can fall back into that at times. Maybe even for long periods of time, before God's loving disciplining hand helps us come to our senses and repent.
Half the battle surely is to realize the problem. The answer lies not in us, but in Jesus and our new found identity in him. Through Christ we can be victorious, more than conquerors, since our old "in Adam" self is dealt with, the death blow, in him. Of course learning to live this out by faith is ongoing for us in Jesus. Overcoming ourselves is more about looking to Jesus and finding our true self in him.
What would you like to add here?