It never fails! It seems every time it calls, I come running. Every time I think I’m over it and I think I’ve kicked it, I fail again. I want to stay away from it, I really do. But, why can’t I?
We all have something, don’t we? IT is different for all of us, but we all have one, an IT, that thing we struggle with. So why do we give in? God says no, but we do it anyway. He tells us not to worship other gods. He wants us to worship Him alone. So why do we allow ITs, gods (little g), to rule over us?
I have to admit, a text from a friend the other day fired me up. She asked, “Do you ever get in those moods when you wish you weren’t a Christian, or when you wish you could do whatever you want without judgment from others?” I know, it’s a loaded question, and she was serious!
I can’t say that I ever “wish I was not a Christian,” especially after having spent the majority of my life being one.
After being away from God for a season and coming back, I know rebelling isn’t what I thought it would be. IT never is, is it? IT’s normally tied to some short-lived, SELFish pleasure. We think IT will satisfy, but it doesn’t. We desire to fill up with something, and we fall for the lie that IT will fill us. But the only One who can truly satisfy is Jesus, The Bread of Life and Living Water.
I learned quickly how miserable IT was… the sin and being away from God. And I quickly found out, I really wasn’t away from Him. He was there. I couldn’t hide.
This desire to do what we want when we want, with no strings attached, is the dilemma of being born with a sin-nature. In Christ we are new creations, but that doesn’t mean we never struggle again with sin. It reminds me of Paul when he wrote,
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:18-19
So how is it then, that we overcome IT?
By denying ourselves IT and trusting completely in the resurrection power and miracle-working power of Jesus. By allowing Him to be ruler. By asking Him to be Himself through us. In our own desires and efforts we can’t, but He can!
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
So when we are tempted to give up and give in to IT, that’s the moment when we say no to ourselves and surrender to Him. That’s when we say no to idolizing ourselves and what we want, and we worship God by trusting Him alone to deliver us.
So I guess you’re wondering what MY IT is?
It’s more than one thing, believe me. Lately, I’m gaining some serious ground on surrendering MY ITs to Him, but I still struggle sometimes. I understand my ITs may mean nothing to you, but if God is telling me to stay away from them and I don’t. Then, for me this is sin.
Okay, okay, in the past they’ve been different, but today… dark chocolate, Diet Sundrop, and cute shoes tempt me every time.