Monday, June 11th, 2012
Don't Feel Like It?
For the good that I will to do, I do not do.
Romans 7:19 (NKJV)
Can any of us count the good things we intend to do, but do not do--because we just don't feel like it? Like working out, eating better, reading the Bible, spending time with family, or keeping difficult appointments?
Do we skip out on commitments because they're hard, or we're scared, or something better comes along? Even commitments with God, like tithing or prayer time? God says, 'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?' (Jeremiah 17:9).
But a man of integrity 'Keeps an oath even when it hurts' (Psalm 15:4). And Jesus says, 'Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one' (Matthew 5:37).
In other words, indecision about doing the right thing or keeping a promise is from Satan. 'Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7). Here's the breakdown:
1) 'Submit to God.' How? Read His book, stay in prayer, and give Him Lordship over your life--like Paul, who called himself 'A bondservant of Jesus Christ' (Romans 1:1). Words transform us. We become what we say. Speak your status as a servant to Christ out loud, because royalty has clout.
2) 'Resist the devil.' How? Speak scripture, like Jesus did at the end of His 40-day fast. Study spiritual warfare, because you are 'A good soldier of Jesus Christ' (2 Timothy 2:3). Because second-guessing, mind-changing, and waffling are not from God. 'Purify your hearts, you double-minded' (James 4:8).
3) 'He will flee.' Who? The enemy, Satan. You are promised that no temptation (like backing out of a commitment) 'Has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it' (1 Corinthians 10:13).
If you fulfill steps one and two, God Himself will fulfill step three.
Paul's misery at the end of Romans 7 ('Oh wretched man that I am!' v.24) turns into one of the most beautiful and promising chapters in the Bible: Romans 8. It begins with these words: 'There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1).
Conclusion: When we don't feel like doing something we are supposed to do, do it anyway. Push through. Only then can you achieve His destiny for you.