“…habitual weakening of the flesh.” ~Colin Smith, pastor.
I heard that phrase on the radio this morning. The pastor was explaining, with a charming Irish accent, about strongholds, sins that have a death-grip on our souls.
He explained that each time we say “no” to the flesh we weaken its grasp on us.
Saying “yes”, of course, strengthens the flesh, and makes it harder next time to say “no”.
Sometimes a stronghold — like alcohol, pornography, or anger — can seem too big a monster to resist.
Like a shark circling around us, it’s just a matter of time before we’re lunch.
So, we offer ourselves up to it again and again.
“Here, fishy, fishy…gulp!”
flickr photo from "OnlybyGrace"
But, to resist, we need only look down at the step in front of us, not all the steps ahead.
Just focus on this moment.
We can say “No”, this time.
And next time it’ll be easier….
and the next..
.and the next.
“Step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow you all of my days.”
And I wonder if it wouldn’t help to imagine God walking on ahead of us. (I’m on a beach here in my mind.)
Imagine God walking on ahead of you in the sand
Look down at how big His footprint is and put yours firmly inside.
Like a child following along behind his/her daddy.
“And I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways.
And step, by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days.”
"The Best thing about Sand...God made every grain" photo by "OnlybyGrace"
Let’s go for a walk:
Oh, Father, no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Yet, in the end it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11)
You said, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.” (Revelations 3:19)
I do earnestly repent, Father. Here’s the sin that I’ve been saying yes to so often lately:______
But, thank you, Father, that, although You DO rebuke us and discipline us, like in that verse above, You also promise NOT to leave us to suffer alone. You come alongside and help.
You promised that in the very next verse, in fact:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20)
I’m opening the door right now, Father. Come in. Bring Your Son and Your Spirit, and let’s have a REAL party!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Have you opened the door? Wanna meet the One on the other side? Click on the pic to be introduced:
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock." Rev. 3:20