I think I can… I think I will.. I think I want to… I think I don’t need to… I think I won’t.
Sometimes the ‘The Little Train that Could’, should be the ‘The Train that Didn’t’…
Discipline. Control of one’s self. This is something that many of us struggle with our entire lives…at least in particular areas of our lives.
It’s possible to very disciplined in some areas, while being out of control in others.
Disciplined in one’s finances, but not in one’s diet.
Disciplined with one’s credit, but not with one’s relationships.
Disciplined with exercise, but not with one’s prayer life.
Disciplined with work, but not with worship.
Most of the time we say we need more ‘will power’…meaning discipline over one’s own will.
But, maybe we need more power over our ‘won’t power’ or our ‘want power’.
Too many times our problem is the fact that…
We will do it. We will say it. We will eat it. We will drink it. We will smoke it. We will watch it. We will, because we are driven by our wants. We let the power of wants (fleshly, carnal desires) overpower the power of our wills.
Maybe instead of praying for more will power, we should pray for more won’t power!
We won’t do it. We won’t say it. We won’t eat it. We won’t drink it. We won’t smoke it. We won’t watch it. We won’t because we aren’t driven by our wants.
Galatians 5:16-21 (NKJV)
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[a] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[b]drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God
Did you know that God has provided a spiritual exercise to strengthen your ‘won’t power’? The problem is either we don’t take advantage of it enough, or we do it to manipulate blessings out of God to feed our ‘want power’.
The exercise is fasting.
Fasting is an exercise in putting our flesh and desires under subjection so we won’t be ruled by our carnal desires, or even needs.
Look at what the Apostle Paul said through the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit…
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Now, look what God says about fasting in the book of Isaiah…
Isaiah 58:5 (NKJV)
5 Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord?
And, don’t forget about how Jesus told us we can release the faith to move mountains…even the mountains of our desires (our ‘wills’ and our ‘wants’)…
Matthew 17:20-21 (NKJV)
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[b]
Every physical battle that you fight is a spiritual battle over your ‘will’, your ‘won’t and your ‘wants’.
I pray that God gives you the strength to overcome whatever seems impossible to you today in the name of Christ Jesus the Son of the Living God.