SHE stops fighting her own battles
The way to my heart is through my stomach and the key is in the form of a pan pizza with extra cheese, mushrooms, and pepperoni. I love food. A little too much at times. I can be so disciplined when I have a routine, but the minute my routine is changed with a holiday or even the weekend, my appetite starts craving all the things that it was disciplined to resist.
Recently, I ordered a large pizza with a side of cheesesticks as an unnecessary appetizer. The anticipation to pick it up and race it back to the privacy of my home, was more than I could bear as I clicked ‘order now’. An hour later, I was staring back at 2 slices of pizza and 3 cheesesticks that were begging to be spared.
Immediate guilt set in, as I chastised myself for ruining a decently disciplined week of healthy meal prepping. I couldn’t help thinking...why do I feel so guilty?
As condemnation melted away into conviction, I began to see that my lack of self-discipline with this particular food choice was a framework for other areas in my life where I struggle. I had every intention of eating half of the pizza and saving the rest for later. However, the moment that warm cheese hit my taste buds and the pepperoni and mushrooms began to tap dance in mouth, my discipline didn’t stand a chance.
How many times do we allow sin to overwhelm us like that? We dance around the boundaries of temptations that we’ve either been delivered from or are continuing to struggle with. We convince ourselves that we are invincible to the plight of temptation and in the midst of the sin we will have the power to make a U-turn. Unfortunately, that’s usually not the outcome.
Instead more times than not, you are like me...staring back at the very thing we thought we could conquer in our own strength, as it appears to scream out cries of condemnation and guilt, and that we will never be victorious.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
-1 Corinthians 10:13
Christ knows that you and I are not strong enough in and of ourselves to battle our deepest fears and strongholds alone. When we try to fight our battles ourselves, all it does is bring us toe to toe with the enemy. Leaving us in a rather compromising position that we often find hard to get out of or win. When battling with a stronghold, you will always feel powerless and too weak to fight against. What good is a weak soldier? Instead, when we allow God to fight our battles, we no longer base our victory on our own strength but His….which is a lot more comforting.
When Jesus died on the cross, the bible said He went and sat at the right hand of the Father because every battle that needed to be fought was already won through the blood of Christ. He meant it when He said it was finished. So whatever stronghold or temptation you are facing, hand over your sword to a more experienced warrior, He’s already won your battle.
What battle have you been fighting by yourself?
How would you live differently if God fought all your battles?