Devotion For October 1st 2019 – By Dave White
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13 (KJV)
Recently after suffering a panic attack I was told by my doctor to give up smoking, drinking alcohol and constant coffee. I felt ANXIOUS about giving up smoking, it’s hard to do, it requires self-control. People will not understand your pain. “What’s wrong with him?” They will look at you and not see your mind in utter turmoil. Like a drug addict going through cold turkey, “I just need one more hit!” your heart will pound as if it’s about to explode, you will struggle with anxiety as you don’t know how long you can go on – feeling like this.
If only there was a pill that would knock you out instead of having to go through such a day. “I’ll just phone in work as sick – I don’t want people to see me like this.” But life’s not like that. You have to go to work, do the shopping, cook and survive and exist; regardless of how you feel and what people think about you.
You will be strong for a few days, congratulate yourself and then just want to relax, take it easy and gratify the flesh a little bit (and then a little bit more) and BANG! You’re addicted and obsessed, again!
We need to mortify the deeds of the flesh. If you are mortifying the deeds of the flesh, your body will be screaming at you. You will be suffering inside but the word of God is your medicine. Meditate on it daily, It will seek out the obsessions of the soul and capture them for you and set you free.
Thank YOU, Jesus, I never tied Heroin 🙂