Friday, October 12, 2012

Overpowering the flesh

As mothers and/or wives we have a myriad of things we need to do every day.  A to-do list that is a mile high.  You can't do it all, often times it is hard to prioritize because it all seems so important.  Well as believers "it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure".  The amplified version of this scripture says "for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you (energizing and creating in you the power and desire), both to will and to work for His good pleasure...".  Did you know that God will not only give you the power to do something, but also the desire?  Let me say that again, did you know that God will give you not only the power to do what He wants you to do but also the desire?  I experienced that power and desire working in me on vacation this week.

One of the ministers that God uses in my life admonished me to abstain from fleshly wants and desires this week so I could hear from God.  Well, you would think that would be hard because we were on vacation and going out to eat at different restaurants every night, need I say more.  But do you know it was not hard to eat light and healthy.  Do you know that although I felt my flesh desiring all the fatty, unhealthy foods;  there was something overpowering my fleshly wants leading me to actually resist those things.  I need to say this again;  I felt my flesh, but something overpowered my flesh causing me to make the right decisions.  All I really did was respond to the power and desire at work in me already.  God gave me the power and desire and it actually overpowered my flesh.  It was so good, because the flesh felt so small.  I can't even describe it, because I sensed the flesh but the power of God was so much more encompassing.  I didn't even have to put forth much effort to make the right decision.  I just responded to the more powerful force in me.  Let me repeat that, "I just responded to the more powerful force in me".

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