I pick up a cigarette and light it, there I was, at her dining room table scrambling for something to make me calm as she spoke.
I ignite the tobacco with a match, draw back on the smoke three times, get a head spin, feel a huge pang of conviction and put it out immediately.
Why in the world did I resolve to a cigarette when all I needed to combat my anxiety was right there within me?
God who is alive in me was ignored by my own independence in that moment, the result being that I neglected an opportunity to rely on Him as my strength.
Have you got an old habit that you are trying to replace with God?
So when a stressful situation presents itself you already have a plan of attack in place.
It’s about equipping our self, so when the unexpected happens we respond with His supernatural power. We fight the unseen, the temptation with a sword that will destroy any attack the enemy throws our way.
It has to begin with a spiritual training regime. We must prepare our heart and mind so leaning on Christ is a given in any situation. He’s not to be an after thought but rather the centre of our decisions in all circumstances.
Spiritual training must occur on a daily basis, mediation on His word digested so it becomes a weapon to combat a fleshly war.
We must replace old rehearsed behaviours with a new habit that brings glory to our Heavenly Father.
Have you ever thought about how a habit is formed?
It’s a behaviour we choose to practise, it then becomes a regular tendency resulting with actions that we have rehearsed and deliberated on.
It spills out of us without too much contemplation as it’s the norm in our day-to-day life.
We wear our habits and have them on display as we react to life.
What habits have you dressed yourself in?
If they are detrimental, ungodly, then it’s time to change.
The challenge is creating new patterns through hard work and discipline so the ‘old self’ doesn’t surface.
We aren’t the source of power to abandon character traits that damage us as individuals. It is He who lives in me, in you, who will overcome the circumstance.
It is Christ that will make the change in our heart, heal our wounds and provide whole living.
Fall to your knees Servant Girl, remember, less of us and more of Him.
I love Paul’s insight into my messy sin.
“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:18-20;
He gets it. His flesh fought against a war.
Do you fight a battle creating a war within the spiritual realm?
Jesus who lives in us, releases His power to overcome. Stand and fight. The enemy will be crushed, but you have to be in the arena with a sharp mind and your armour on. Be on guard constantly and call upon the name above all names.
For Christ is always with us. He never forsakes us and is there in time of need.
Rejoice Servant Girl, knowing that we have help to overcome. We can put to death the behaviour that only provides temporal gratification.
Open your heart to the Holy Spirit allowing Him to marinate you with strength. Renew your mind by meditating on scripture, journal your thoughts, feelings and His Heavenly whispers.
Pray.Pray.Pray Commune with God from the moment you open your eyes til they shut at night and as Jesus gently said to the Adulteress “Go and sin no more.”