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Friday, November 4, 2016

Let Us Be Strong

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They call it self-sabotage. It's the thing that makes the alcoholic drink "just one more" bottle of whiskey. The drug addict "just one more" dose. The emotional eater "just one more" bag of potato chips. The smoker "just one more" cigarette. The procrastinator "just one more" "quick" project, first.

It seems something we can all agree on: That we've all, at some point in our lives, sabotaged ourselves, whether it's involved procrastinating (moi), smoking, drinking, abusing drugs, being a glutton, or something entirely different. For one reason or another, we may not want to succeed. And what we're doing is not okay.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) states:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 25:28 (ESV) also tells us that "a man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls."

Imagine that. Imagine New York -- a place full of potential -- un-moving and dead and silent. So silent, let's say, that no nation has bothered to tend to it. There are no signs of life about. Weeds peek out of little cracks in the sidewalk, and a couple old, aluminum cans clatter in their places on the street. No one seems to care what happens to New York: It's a city with no walls -- and that's the identity of a person who does not know -- or care -- how to control themselves.

In 1 Peter, Peter writes to the congregations "in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia" (1 Peter 1:1, ESV). He urges them to "be self-controlled and sober-minded" (1 Peter 4:7, ESV).

In Matthew 23:25 (ESV), Jesus addresses the "scribes and Pharisees," calling them "hypocrites," for "inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence."

When we give in to temptation, we are being greedy and selfish -- just as bad as the scribes and Pharisees!

But God gave us free will. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (ESV) states:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

So we have a choice. We can continue to burn, crumble, and fall... Or we can pray. Pray for strength, for wisdom, for guidance. We can push on when times get tough and come out of temptation with God as our Conqueror.

Romans 12:12 (ESV) invites us:

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

What will you choose?



  1. I needed this, I need to start figuring my life out.

    1. I'm glad it could help!! I wrote it 'cause I need it, too -- I'm a major procrastinator and my time management skills are terrible. But thankfully I think writing this has helped me, some! :)


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