Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Woot Woot! I must admit that this past week was really tough; a lot of drama going on in places that I have never dealt with before and just some emotional and physical trials. However, I serve a God that stand by me through it all and makes me stronger for it when I get to the other side. Awesome is He!
Every day lately it seems as if God is teaching me a new lesson. I don’t know about all of you but sometimes, while exciting, I’m like, “God, I haven’t even learned the last lesson slow down!” Well God’s timing and pace is definitely not ours so He continues to throw things at me at a feverish pace. While I am not mastering any of them I am learning gradually and what I want to share today is the lesson of the Flesh VS. The Spirit. I must add this disclaimer, if you are not a believer of Christ Jesus and have turned your life over to Him, this lesson will mean nothing. You simply do not have the ability or the resources to truly learn this lesson; neither do I , however He does and that is Whom I turn things over to. So if you have never made that decision to give your life over to Him and accept His free (to you) gift of eternal life, please do so today! If you have any questions on this at all, I will leave my email address at the end of this message. Now, on to it!
See, my friends, as believers we have a choice daily. We can either die to ourselves and let the Spirit of Christ lead us in all things, or we can give in to that nasty flesh that Jesus died such a horrible death to get rid of. (Of course he did rise again, ya know). For me, that struggle seems to revolve around weight. I have been heavy my whole life and to be honest its getting to a dangerous point. While I gave up smoking some 21 years ago, I just replaced that addiction with food and now I am up to a staggering 355 pounds. God has been very gracious in that I have had relatively few health problems but I can tell now that I am almost 43 years old, His patience and Grace on this is wearing thin. For a long time I thought it was so simple; just stop eating as much right? Well for us as believers it goes a little bit deeper than that. For anyone that has weight issues like me, many times the food intake becomes less about fulfilling a hunger pain as it is about satisfying the taste buds. “Man, I’m really not hungry but I know how awesome that chocolate shake would taste”. The examples could go on and on; so what God showed me is that by doing that, I am not satisfying a natural desire to eat but instead a sinful one that only satisfies the flesh and does nothing for the Spirit. So again, it all comes down to choice. Do I satisfy me body or INSTEAD turn to the Spirit for direction?
My friends, maybe your problem isn’t food maybe its lust, maybe its money obsession, it could be anything but in all things that we struggle with, it always comes down to a simple word; choice. This day, in all that you do, make the choice to not follow your fleshly mind and heart but instead do as the Scriptures command us to do and “die” to yourself and LIVE through the Spirit of Jesus Christ that He paid such a high price to give you. Amen? Thanks everyone and if you have been helped by any of my blog entries, please let me hear your feedback and share this blog with other. God bless everyone and have a great day!