Do you do this? Am I the only one? We just finished a really healthy dinner, low in fat and carbs, high in protein and veggies. The dishes are done and the kitchen is sparkling so I skip on over to the couch and settle in for some TV with Mike. About 20 minutes in I start hearing this voice in my head, screaming for a snack. I need cake! Cake is good, it’s carrot cake so it’s almost a vegetable. It’s ok, just one little piece, it won’t hurt anything. You know the drill. The voice gets louder and louder as the minutes tick off. Pretty soon I’m convinced the voice is also shaking me to get my attention. I want cake! I deserve cake! I’ve been good all day and need a little reward! Ok, so I give in and have just a little piece. That’s when the real trouble starts.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 came up this morning in my prayer time.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
Well then, that shines a lot of light on the problem. The flesh argues, creates strife, anxiety and gets your mind twisted up. Your flesh hammers at your mind bringing confusion and frustration. Give me cake, give me cake! Then, when you give in and shut that voice up, the devil swoops in to berate you and make you feel guilty and condemned. Depression, negative self-talk. He loves to grab our weaknesses and make them forefront in our minds. But wait, here comes the flesh again gearing up to demand another snack. Sugar after all, is addictive, and now that you’ve had some, it stands to reason that you need more. So what do I do? I decide that’s it! I will just go on a diet and deny my flesh the satisfaction of unhealthy sugary goodies. Sentence imposed, no more snacks, gavel down! And what happens? You guessed it, epic fail. Now the devil is not only making you feel bad for eating, he’s berating you as a complete failure in life, doomed to be chubby. And, the whole cycle begins again the next day.
God said He would never leave us nor forsake us. That’s the Bible, that’s the truth. So where do I go to find the answer to my fleshly dilemma? The word of God. I dig in and He is faithful to provide the answers.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. This my friends, is a stronghold. The enemy has discovered my weakness for cake and has created a stronghold from the lie that I can’t resist. He bugs me with that till I accept that as truth rather than the truth that Jesus conquered all on the cross. My focus is off, I need to repent and get my thinking in the right direction.
I need to use my weapons. What are they? The Word of God, the Blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus. The Word is truth and like a sword, cuts off the lies of the enemy. The Blood of the cross overcomes all evil, even death. For we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I declare and testify that the Word is truth, the devil is a liar and the father of lies, there is no truth in him. I plead the blood of Jesus and I am covered by that overcoming power. Finally, I wield the name of Jesus and all the authority that name bears. I have the privilege of naming the name that is above all names in Heaven and in earth. In the name of Jesus, I declare I am free, I am saved and am provided for. I am now equipped to cast down those arguments in my flesh and bring them to the obedience of Christ.
So the next time I think I need some cake, I’m prepared to do battle with my flesh. If I sow to the flesh, I will reap weakness in the flesh. If I sow to the spirit, of the Spirit I will reap life. Now I know, now my eyes have been enlightened. Now I get it. I am not weak; I am strong because He is strong in me. I am filled with the Holy Spirit and He goes before me and is my rear guard. I will, in His strength, resist the devil and as promised in the Word of God, he will flee from me! I have dominion over cake, cake does not have dominion over me and the devil can no longer use it to make me crazy!
Bless the Lord!