It has been 7 whole days without any SUGAR! For those of you who know me very well you know this is a first for me. Also this is quite a great feat! I have a HUGE sweet tooth. When I was a little girl I could just sit for hours and eat sweet after sweet without feeling bad. As I have gotten older my hips won’t let me do that, but that still doesn’t keep me from indulging in something sweet at least once a day.
It has not been as hard as I thought it would be to live without any sugar what so ever, but I must be honest and say that I have been craving it from time to time. Some of my old habits of reaching for sugar when I was hungry or grabbing a chocolate bar at the register when grocery shopping are things I cannot do anymore. One thing I have realized is my body craves sugar. I need something sweet even if I really don’t need it. Sometimes I would just eat something sweet just because it was available.
Now your source of craving may or may not be sugar, but maybe its social media or anything with a screen (cell phone, laptop, tablet, TV, etc.). Maybe its reality TV or meat or certain types of music or books you know you shouldn’t be reading. We all have something that we over indulge in. You may not see the big deal in having an extra donut at breakfast or watching another hour of your favorite reality show, but when you are forced to give it up completely you begin to see how much it controls you. Don’t think it does, well try going for 21 days without it…if you are not having withdrawals by day 8 then no worries. But if you find yourself losing sleep or can’t focus on work then it is best to consult the Holy Spirit!
Still not convinced it could be a problem? Try this. If given a choice between doing that “thing” and spending quality time with God which would you choose? If you are not sure which you would choose then try it out. Whenever you want to get on Facebook, Instagram, or watch TV stop and go read your Bible. If it is a struggle or a negotiation (ten minutes of reading my Bible then Facebook) then “Houston we have problem!”
Jesus is very sure about how to address this problem. In Matthew 5:30 Jesus says,
“And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
A little drastic? Maybe, but anything that will cause you to sin needs to go, especially if the hand holding your cell phone is keeping you from spending time with God. Cut it off!
If your desire is to become pure and holy and blameless in God’s sight then drastic measures must be taken. Yes the flesh is weak, but we must not allow our flesh to control the spirit.
Jesus urges us in Mark 14:38 to:
“Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
We must identify the things/people that are consuming all of our attention which should be placed solely on Christ and doing His will. In 1Thessalonians 4:1-12 Paul writes about how to live to please God and in verse 4, 7 and 8 Paul writes:
“…that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable…7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instructions does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”
We must not allow our cravings to rule our lives, to dictate our decisions or how we spend our time. God longs for use to live a holy life in all that we do. If we reject His word then we are not just hurting ourselves but we are really saying we don’t want God.
But the good news is you don’t have to try and live holy by your own strength! God has given us a helper to guide us and show us the way to holiness. This helper is called the Holy Spirit! We must rely on the Holy Spirit to provide direction and discipline to our flesh.
So what are you craving? What is something you are holding onto that divides your attention? Is there someone in your life that you are making a god? If given the choice between honouring God and pleasing your flesh which would you choose? If you are struggling with that answer don’t worry, the Holy Spirit is able to provide all you need to discipline your flesh! Just press into Him and allow Him to rule your life.
21 Days of Surrender: Tips for as Successful Fast
- Give your cravings to God! By now you may be craving some of the things you have given up for your fast. Don’t let the flesh rule you! Fight the flesh with the power of the Holy Spirit! We can do NOTHING in our own strength. We will fail every time! But through the power of the Holy Spirit working within us we are able to command our flesh to obey the Spirit!
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