Eat What You Crave?
This was an actual advertisement on a bill board we passed as our family was traveling last week. I was shocked when I saw it, but of course found it thought provoking.
These four words summed it all up for me. This is exactly the kind of world we live in. Our minds are filled with constant ideas from the media, advertisements and internet. They fill our minds with the idea that if it feels good we should go for it. “Just Do It” as the Nike ads encourage. We are bombarded with the idea that if it feels good – we should do it, if you crave it – eat it, if you want it bad enough – do whatever it takes . . .
In this self absorbed world, there are more than enough pits to fall in, sins to overcome and temptations to resist. They are around every corner and in almost every situation we face. We must stay grounded in Christ, focused on His word and as Beth Moore says, “Live life one surrendered day at a time. Eyes to the East, hands to the cross, feet to the path.”
We were all born sinners, but we don’t have to give into sin. When we are controlled by sinful nature we can’t please God. (Romans 8:8) We need to choose God over sin. I once read that when the “Lord Jesus is in the center of your “circle of life,” He takes care of the circumference as well.” With Christ in the center of our lives, our thoughts and hearts we can over our sinful nature.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Romans 13:14
I am not saying this is easy. Let’s face it . . . we wouldn’t be so drawn to sin if it wasn’t fun. Just think about the 60’s. God doesn’t give us rules, laws, commandments because He wants to control us. He knows how hurtful the results of sin can be to us and others. He wants to protect us from harm. The same way we want to protect our own children. Choose to conquer your sinful nature!
Eyes on the Lord!
My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.