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I shared in my devotion that I have a continued struggle with over-eating, especially sweets. Four weeks ago I began the couch to 5K exercise plan. I am getting healthier, but I haven’t lost any weight. I pretend the lack of weight loss is due to muscle gain, but in reality it is probably due to the cookie I eat right before bedtime or the sugary coffee creamers I use in the morning. I know there are healthy alternatives to these things, but you have to make the choice to use them. That is a choice I continue to struggle with. It’s hard to pass by all the delicious treats this time of year, especially when you love pumpkin!
Romans 8:5 describes the battle perfectly for me, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
My flesh wants candy corn, cake, and pumpkin spice lattes! I have my mind set on these things! But it is a choice. I can choose to set my mind on things of the flesh or things of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17 tells me, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
There is freedom from my addictions, my sin patterns, my guilt, my shame…freedom from all forms of bondage…with the Spirit of the Lord.
How do I access that freedom? I choose to walk in the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Bible says that against these things there is NO LAW!
The list looks intimidating at first…and I wonder how I can be all of these things! For me the key is to focus on one at a time. Over the next week I need to focus on self-control. I need to pray about it, read about it, study it, and most importantly ask for empowerment from the Holy Spirit to live it out.
I hope you will choose one fruit of the Spirit to dig deeper in today. Ask the Lord for His strength and power so that you may grow in the Spirit. Where the Spirit of the Lord is…there is freedom…it’s TRUE! What will you start to break free from today?