One woman's journey walking with Jesus Christ learning to live abundantly and be balanced in mind, body, soul and spirit. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?…
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday but I have been away at a training and there was just no time to get my blog done. Now that I am back home, I just have to share my win over the past couple days. I am really proud of myself. I set up some goals on Day 1 and while I have not followed every single one, I have actually been doing very good with not eating sweets and that is huge for me! Since I am pretty picky about the kinds of sweets I like anyway it really has been easy for me over the past 24 days. So at the training there was coffee cake and candy on the table along with apples and grapes that were set out for breakfast. It was a no-brainer, the grapes were my choice. But then it happened, my first real temptation, a Panera Toffee Nut Cookie! 440 calories of deliciousness! I mean look at this beauty of a cookie:
My local Panera has not had this cookie available the last few times I have been there so when I saw this cookie on the table when lunch was served, my mouth just watered. I said “sure, my favorite cookie is here and I can’t eat it!” So I grabbed a tuna sandwich along with some salad and went to my seat. Let me tell you, my mind was trying to find a way to convince me to break my 31 days and eat that cookie. “It’s a favorite for me, I haven’t had one in so long, I can just eat it today and then get back on track tomorrow.” My friend suggested that I take it home and throw it in the freezer and have it after my 31 days have passed. That’s exactly what I have done. It’s in the freezer behind a bag of vegetables so I won’t see it when I go into the freezer. I doubt that it will bother me anyway because I made up my mind that I can wait for it.
I’m being consistent with two things in my life right now and that’s huge for me. I drink my water every day and I’m sticking to my commitment to not eat desserts for 31 days. It’s an encouragement and motivation to see that I can actually stick to these things. If I can do these small changes over time and continue to add changes to my life, there’s no telling how much success I will see in this journey. I just praise God for these small victories in my life.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (Galatians 5:16-17 ESV)
Walking in the Spirit is a lifestyle, It means choosing to seek guidance for every decision from the Holy Spirit instead of our flesh. It’s telling our flesh to sit down and shut up while we bend our ear to hear the still small voice of the Spirit telling us which way to go and what choice to make. It’s asking the Holy Spirit on a moment to moment basis to guide us to the right choice that will please God and not our flesh. It’s that daily dying to self and picking up our cross to truly follow Jesus.
For this healthy journey to be successful, I must rely on the Spirit of God to guide me. My flesh is like a little kid in a candy store that wants everything and will throw a tantrum if she doesn’t get everything! I want to do right and I make right choices in my mind, yet more times than not I choose to gratify my fleshly desires, why? Well the verses above tell me why – “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”. So you see I must walk in the Spirit otherwise my flesh will keep me from doing the things I want to do. I want to be healthy and that means making new choices, so each day I am asking the Holy Spirit to teach me to walk in Him and allow Him to guide my every choice today and tomorrow and the next day, etc.
So I say to my flesh, sit down sister and be quiet because I can’t hear the still small voice of the Spirit when you are throwing a tantrum! Today was a good day, I was able to overcome temptations and make good choices. I praise God for that and know that it is vital to this journey that I remain walking in the Spirit every single day!