Have you ever been in that spot where what your flesh wanted so badly was what you needed to stay so far away from?
I have been advised that, “You can eat anything you like but after 25, you have to be careful about your diet.”
If I were to translate that into life terms, I’d say, “You can live anyhow you like- hear any music, watch anything you like, do whatever you wanna do- if Jesus is not your Lord…because the devil’s your dad!”
After receiving Jesus as your Lord, your life is no longer yours and you cannot, should not, and must not live for yourself. You must live for Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 5:15).
It seems many of my random thoughts are coming up from my travels but I suppose it’s a good thing- more travelling!
So, we were on board a bus bound for Kumasi and then we stopped to stretch at Linda Dor, a popular restaurant. I got down to stretch and sauntered around. Then I walked to the bakery. I bought a loaf of wheat bread. Then, when I turned to return to the bus, something I had been desiring for months caught my eye- a burger. The last burger I had was six months before. Now this burger was dancing in front of me. I’m not much of a diet person but at least I think in terms of the calories I’m accumulating when I’m making food choices. I stood in front of the showcase for about 2 minutes as the burgers danced in front of me. Then suddenly, I remembered the words of my pastor: after 25, you have to be careful about your diet.
At that moment, the attendant was about to entice me. I said, “Oh! Don’t worry. I’m fine.” Then I walked away towards the bus, wheat bread in hand.
I won the battle raging within! Glory!
Don’t we all face such real-life temptations staring us in the face daily? It may not be food. But it may be some TV show that threatens to obliterate your faith if you don’t desist from it. It could be porn. It could be worldly music. It could be anything at all that weakens you spiritually and makes a thick cloud of guilt descend on you after indulging in it.
Truth is this: your only way out is the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Galatians 5:16? It says, “…walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Lust is a terrible canker that consumes you subtly. It does so with the object of paralysing you…and preventing you from having intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
I won the raging battle because I remembered those words concerning eating properly.
Store the words of God in your heart. Make huge deposits of the Word in you. That’s your only hope. Dominate your thinking with it. I heard from Dr. Mike Murdock that he keeps speakers in trees in his house which are constantly playing audio Bible Scriptures. What an atmosphere! So I decided to do same in my apartment. Morning, noon and night, one of my unused phones housing over 100 messages and songs is playing. I am constantly hearing the right things and they condition my mind and my heart to think on things above not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). I’m saturated with truth daily. I know that if I don’t do that, my heart will be set on other things, which have the tendency to pollute me and make me go in the way of destruction. David said he hid God’s Word in his heart (Psalm 119:11). Jesus says you err because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29). Paul says let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16).
I love an amazing thought David hinted in Psalm 119: he said, “How I love your law. It is my meditation all day.” (Verse 97).
What do you think about all day?
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).
Let the Word of God regulate your thinking and then your actions will change, your habits will change and ultimately, your life will be set of the course God planned before the world began! Glory!
Of course, I can’t leave you without reminding you to guard your heart with all diligence and to think upon things that are true, noble, pure and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).