I recently lost 10 pounds. It was not easy. There were lots of times I felt hungry. There were yummy treats I didn't eat. But each time I made a good decision my confidence boasted and made me stronger to make another good decision.
I also decided that I would exercise a minimum of 15 minutes daily during my weight loss program. I hate exercising! But I would drag myself to do it, mentally saying, "I hate this!" throughout the program. Then a strange thing happened. The other day as I started exercising and my mind started thinking of quitting (as I always do), I realized that the thought of not exercising was worse than the thought of exercising. My will had beaten my flesh, and now I desired the exercise.
Losing weight is not a spiritual battle. So how will it help me to fight a spiritual temptation? I am confident that my will is stronger than my flesh now. When I come to a spiritual battle, a true battle of the flesh, temptations, my will can confidently and boldly stand firm, with the help of God. I know my will has beaten my flesh before, and that it can again.
What spiritual battles, or battles of the flesh, are you fighting today? Will you boldly command your flesh to obey your will? Will you fight with the spirit of self-discipline that God gave you? Nothing is impossible with God on our side. Stand firm against the devil. With God's spirit and a strong self will - you can stand firm. You have a spirit of power - empower it!
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at www.kellycombs.com