Last week we talked about denying yourself, or “dying” to your sinful nature. As Christians, our daily pursuit should be to die more and more to our flesh, and become more and more like Jesus (Luke 9:23). But this is easier said than done. Today I’d like to give you a very practical way we can do this in our every day lives.
Everyone has a weakness, or one area that is more susceptible to temptation than others. What’s your weakness? It might be food, sleep, money, bitterness, anger, lust, greed, or alcohol. Whatever it is, dying to that desire is harder than the others. So how can we overcome this?
For example, have you ever made a decision to start working out, and shortly after had a sudden urge to start eating healthy? This happens because we are training our brains to NOT do what we want to do, and to DO what we should do. This way of thinking grows as you experience the reward that it brings. So rather than trying and failing repeatedly in your area of weakness, put as much effort into other disciplines in your life as an attempt to train your mind to die to fleshly desires.
Choose to get up early to pray. Choose to tithe off of your income. Choose to spend time in God’s Word. Choose to live a healthy lifestyle. After you see the fruit of obedience, it will become an exciting journey of self denial.
God has given you His Spirit that empowers you to have self-control (Galatians 5:22). So start making the right choices today and watch the domino effect happen in your life.
Scripture of the week – 2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.