My goal is to make my last meal of the day at 7:00 pm with my evening snack.
The hardest part of my day are those 3 hours between 7-10 pm before I go to bed.
The other night was challenging because my husband Mike and I watched a movie and he offered me popcorn.
Now, there is nothing wrong with popcorn. It was just the timing because 7-10 pm is my ‘rest and digest’ period as I call it.
My spirit said inwardly ‘No, not now.’
So I told him ‘No, thank you’ and followed the Spirit.
My flesh did not like that one bit! It hurt to say no.
We all have pain in these mortal bodies. Yet we can find strength from Jesus in the midst of suffering.
In reflecting on that experience now (and feeling good that I said ‘No’), I thought about how Jesus suffered on the cross for me.
Reflecting on Him gave me a reality check about what it really means to suffer.
It amazes me how our flesh complains about suffering the temporary pang of saying ‘no’ to certain foods!
Yet our Savior endured so much more for us.
Our flesh does not care about that, however. It just wants what it wants, when it wants it!
Romans 8:7-8 tells us why: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
I am so thankful that Jesus was willing to suffer for me.
Without that, He would not have risen again on the third day to newness of life, giving us the opportunity for a newness of life in Him!
We who believe in Him would not have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do what our flesh cannot do.
So the next time the flesh tries to fake you out with self-pity in the midst of suffering, give yourself a reality check.
Consider Jesus. He is the author and finisher of your faith.
He has begun a good work in you. Stay faithful to follow Him daily and press on, knowing that suffering is temporary.
Romans 8:18 says:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Take heart, knowing that the Spiritual maturity you gain through trusting Jesus in the midst of suffering will be eternal!
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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3 John 1:2 says,
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
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