Monday, May 7, 2012

Dialing it Down: Reloaded

I just made a stop by the grocery store to replenish our 7 foods. We were running so low on these items that Brian's peanut butter sandwich for lunch today was made from butts of bread (or heels, as the finer folks call them). I, of course, took it upon myself to partake of the meal that was being served at my lunch meeting, which included about 700 foods that are not displayed in this picture.  I'm a real rebel. 

Our weekend consisted of more food failures than feats, with it being Cinco de Mayo, and all. We couldn't hold ourselves back from all things Tex-Mex, including chips, salsa, and queso~ Be still my heart! With full, and aching tummies, we are now committed to returning to our challenge for a strong finish. Since, honestly, we haven't made it more than about 3 or 4 days in a row without an altercation or two with this whole thing. 

Today, as I was equipping us to get back on track with our fast, the Lord allowed me to interact with a truth that He's been faithful to make more and more clear to me all the time - my constant need for redemption. The salvation experience is so much more than a one-time conversion. Sure, it's critically important that we accept the grace of God through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. But, it doesn't end with that single confrontation with sin. 

I'll be the first to admit that I've often been guilty of thinking that the whole gospel message was most critical for unbelievers. But, Dear One, it's most critical for me! All the time. 

God knew what He was doing when He gave us the Holy Spirit to constantly change and grow us. 

This truth reminds me of Paul's words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6-7, "This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

This Holy Spirit creates in us power when we are weak, love when we hate, and self-discipline when our willpower fails. 

For me, I'm relying on the anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry me through, not only this challenge, but life. We are reloaded and ready! 

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