“I don’t care what my personal trainer says! I’m eating these pancakes!”
And so we are sometimes with our spiritual trainer, the Holy Spirit! We just want to go ahead and satisfy the flesh “just one more time!” But as soon as we signed our contracts (became saved) and told Him (the Holy Spirit) we were ready for training, the Holy Spirit began working us out with a strict daily regimen. A part of that regimen involves submitting our diets and lifestyles to Him. We can’t continue to eat whatever we want (the fruit of the world) whenever we want. Our lifestyles can’t be to please the flesh, devouring the lusts and pleasures of this world!
But while in training, when the Spirit gives us guidelines for living, we must listen and act in accordance with those guidelines. If we are toiling and sweating too much throughout the work out, we are trying to do too much on our own! Let the Holy Spirit lessen the weight, “spot us” more closely, and coach us through our circumstances. Those pancakes though tasty and oh so satisfying may be to our detriment.
Our trainer knows exactly what we need when we need it! Let’s stop cheating ourselves, nibbling at the desires of the world, thus gaining the weight of the world and losing our souls (Mark 8:36). Dr.J.