I like to lie on the couch and eat ice cream.
If I am not careful, my FLESH would tell me to act on that craving all the time. I have to wage war against ice cream!
When I resist the urge to eat ice cream and choose healthier options, I’m going to feel BETTER about myself. But that’s not WHAT I WANT NOW!
It’s the same way with every other craving I have that isn’t what God wants for me. We have to WAGE WAR. War against selfishness, white lies, pride, ugh!!!
“Let’s throw off any extra baggage, and get rid of the sin that trips us up…” Hebrews 12:1
HOW do I Stop???
Resisting temptation means we walk by faith and set ourselves up to WIN!
TRUST God’s will for our lives instead of thinking that our plans are better.
PAUSING on moving forward fast on something just because IT FEELS GOOD.
Set up an ACCOUNTABILITY partner that we trust to call us out when we are weak. Just let me try to buy a gallon of ice cream at the store with my hubby there. (Did I say gallon?)
When we overcome temptation, we are going to make good decisions and our hearts will be at PEACE. It might be hard in the MOMENT, but it is GREAT in the long haul.
“Let the peace of Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts…” Colossians 3:15 amp
The Holy Spirit is like an UMPIRE in our lives. He wants to give us clear calls – “You’re out of here,” or “You’re safe!” That’s what the PEACE of God will do for us in any situation.
God’s Best for YOU!
He’s going to let you KNOW when you need to get out of a relationship or how to avoid trouble so as not to burn any bridges.
He’s going to let you KNOW when it is safe to move on from one job to another or to go from an old house to a new one.
The word knowing in scripture is often an INTIMATE term. The connotation is that you have a deep and personal relationship with whom you know.
GOD KNOWS YOU intimately and better than anyone. This means He is the BEST umpire we could ever hope for.
Let the peace of God DIRECT your life, which means setting aside extra baggage that will trip you up. And putting the ice cream down 🙂
Prayer for the Day
God, thank you for directing my steps. You are a FAITHFUL God; help me to walk by faith in you. You tell me that the victory is mine but that the battle is yours. I CLAIM victory today. I CLAIM your peace. Amen.