|For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I want to do, I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do…But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.|
There are many of us who have decided to give up bad habits or something significant to us for the season of Lent. At one time or another during the next 40 days, we are going to encounter struggle with something we decided to sacrifice in hopes of drawing closer to God.
In a moment of transparency, I will share that I have given up any beverages that doesn’t spell:W A T E R
This is really hard for me, because I used to despise water. I love any type of tea or fruit juice, so my body is waging war right now. Just like me, I know there are many of you who are already beating yourselves up about something that you’ve had to give up, whether it’s for lent or just a personal journey toward being healthy.
In the verse from Paul above, he describes our situation that we’re facing for the next season of our lives.
We don’t do the things we know we should be doing, and we do the things that we know we shouldn’t. This only happens because we are too attached to things that satisfy our flesh and not our spirit. We let the devil take advantage of our weaknesses, because we don’t prepare ourselves to handle him when he attacks. That’s why we have too many cases of obesity, alcoholism, and homosexuality among other lifestyles.We don’t guard ourselves against bad habits.
However, Paul also gives us hope. If you read the verses following the one above, you’ll see that he asks, “Who will deliver me from this?” Then he answers, “Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25). God gave us a way to break the chains of bondage also known as addictions or bad habits. Prepare yourself, pray about your journey daily, give up your habit, and give your heart over.He can set us free from anything if we truly want Him to. The power of God never fails.