I recently posted regarding our battle. Reminding us that our battle isn't against flesh and blood, but instead it's against the things that desires to master and rule over us. Yesterday I was talking to a friend about the desire for food that we have. Last night as I lay sleeping I kept waking with its thought. And that verse, ".. sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must master it" (Gen 4:7) kept running through my mind. Another version, "It wants to control you, but you must master and rule over it."
I kept thinking that if you don't control it, then it will control you. If you don't master it, then it will master you. If you don't rule over it, it will rule over you.
What is it that you serve?
Do you have food issues like I do?
Are you being served food; or, are you serving your food?
Are you controlling it, or is your food controlling you?
I was studying last night about the Holy Spirit. He kindly reminded me that we are to be FILLED with the Spirit, NOT FILLED with food! And of course He reminded me too that we're to be filled with His fruit! His biggest reminder of that fruit, though, was the reminder of "self-control".
NOT, mind you, FOOD controlled! Or substance controlled! Or alcohol controlled! Or drug controlled! Or fury controlled! Or man controlled! Or..... whatever the battle you struggle with and the thing that you're allowing to master and rule over and control you.
You may think you desire to have it... but be careful, because it desires to have you!
I've decided to refuse the offer! Because of my Savior that died for me, I refuse to be controlled and ruled by any other thing! He alone deserves being served. I want my only passion and obsession to be in the One that has passionately pursued me. I want to passionately pursue only my Savior, not waste it passionately pursing my food.
"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.... For sin shall not be your master;... Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone [something!] to obey him as slaves, you are a slave to the one whom you obey - whether slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness" ~ Rom 6:12,14,16.
""Everything is permissible for me" -- but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me" -- but I will not be mastered by anything" ~ 1 Cor. 6:12.