Has the flesh ever pulled so hard, you just didn’t know if you could refuse it?
Have you ever wanted SO much to do what is SO wrong?
Sometimes I’m on the mountaintop — sing with me, Amy Grant — fellowshipping with the Lord. It’s wonderful! It fills me up and I don’t want to come down. I truly want to stay there for eternity.
But then, the world comes crashing in with such turmoil. Sometimes the pain of it causes me to want relief. And I want it NOW.
To learn to stay in the discomfort of NOW — to learn to endure through the pain of this life — to learn to reach beyond ourselves to Someone greater — this is the goal of the Christian walk.
Makes me think of the verse,
“Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
~1 John 4:4b
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does— comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives for ever. ~1 John 2:15-17
I know I will live forever. I have that assurance in my soul based upon the words of our Lord. I choose this day whom I will serve. The cravings . . . I can overcome. The choice may not feel comfortable in the moment, but that’s OK. I will endure the discomfort and not give in to the flesh.
I am longing for eternity, but temporarily earthbound . . . so, I pray.
Greater is He who is in me . . .
God is greater.