The truth is: we are all the same; human is human and each of us fights a battle of some kind. That’s why we are the same.
Mainstream culture and society tries to tell, or sell, us differently.
Like a caged animal in a zoo, I pace the house back and forth, from room to room; looking for a way out…
My mind races with swirling thoughts and I cannot lasso them. I grab for the open bag of chocolate chips in the cabinet and hope the sweet, smoothness in my mouth will focus and settle me.
After some energy is expended on the chores at hand, I find myself back in the kitchen making a grilled cheese, surely this will do the trick! Warm cheesy, goodness is surely the comfort that will hug me into a calm for the day.
Disappointment fills me instead.
Obligatory errands take me out of the house and two hours later I find myself exactly in the mind space that lured me to the chocolate chips. Salt is one of my go-to’s when I want to pacify my weary, wounds and so I plop on the couch with a bag of chips and crunch, crunch, crunch.
Am I filled?
Am I calmed and focused now?
Am I settled?
As if someone turned on the lights, I realize, all day, I have been mimicking the behavior of one who is addicted; I was seeking something, anything, hoping to find the specific- particular thing, to satisfy an emotional and physical need in order to center and calm the things that unsettled me. My flesh was out of control and very needy and I used flesh desire and pacification as the remedy and it did not work.
It did not; I just feel depressed.
My son was addicted. And I know that he, like many others who are addicted to substances, are caught in the same patterns of trying to satisfy the daily need, whatever that may be for each person. For my son, he sought to settle his anxiety and soothe his depression.
He tried to fight against his flesh with flesh, with drugs.
I tried to fight against my flesh with flesh, with food.
Herein lies the trouble.
You can’t fight flesh with flesh!
You need something stronger than flesh to fight your flesh.
The Son, of the God who made you, is the One thing, the One someone, that can fight against your flesh and win for you, the victory that is desired. Jesus is the answer.
Seek a personal relationship with Him by talking to Him and seeking Him. No formality or special language needed. Cry out to Jesus and He will hear you – read His Word in the Bible and He will speak to you. Walk in Faith and He will make your paths straight and focus you for every day.
I know this firsthand.
And I also know, on the days when I take my eyes off of Him … I am seeking the chocolate chips, grilled cheeses, and chips of the day and I get nowhere but fleshly depression.
This is an invitation to close your eyes and listen to the words of this song and consider the best way to fight the flesh that holds you captive like an enslaved prisoner:
Don’t have His Word? Contact me – I will get it to you.
Don’t know what to say? Contact me – I will talk to you.
The truth is: we are all the same; human is human and each of us fights a battle of some kind.
Let Jesus be your way to victory in the battles.