I am a huge fan of fruit. In pursuing a whole food diet, I’ve found that eating fruit is not only delicious, but a fantastic treat. One that I look forward to throughout the day. And the best part about eating fruit is that I’m feeding my body the nutrients it needs to function at its greatest capacity. A treat with health benefits!
Oh my goodness! My absolute favorite is when I cut up a banana into small pieces on a plate, and then cover it with all natural peanut butter and melted dairy free chocolate. And then I freeze it. Holy wow is that amazing!!
But enough with the tangent.
The truth is, however, that while I was growing up there were a lot of fruits that I really was not crazy about. Maybe they looked scary, I wasn’t exposed to it very often, or I tried it once and it just wasn’t really something my palette enjoyed initially. I allowed my fear of the unknown to keep me from receiving the nutrients and health that would allow my body to function at its best. I was essentially missing out on my own wholistic health by denying myself what was good for me.
What I’ve realized over the past few months is that I’ve been approaching the fruit of the spirit the exact same way. The word of God says,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. ”-Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Wow! That is just oh so much fruit! There is some fruit that I love. Truly devour it every single day. But other fruits, not so much. They were scary fruits, not desirable to my palette. And the one I have struggled with the most through my lifetime is self-control.
Self-control has had a hold on me for far to long!
Or should I say my perceived lack there of. Throughout my entire life I have struggled to say no to food, and if I’m being entirely honest, I’ve had a hard time saying no to some life choices that brought nothing but heartache and pain. And over and over I would say to myself, l want to say no to that cookie, to that bag of chips, to that poor life choice, but I have no self-control.
What I had to learn was, if we are temples of the Holy Spirit, then self-control already lives with in me.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” -1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT
Self-control is not something that is unattainable or even undesirable. It’s a fruit that brings health to our lives. And it is something that is already living in me and you, through the Holy Spirit.
What freedom exists in that one thought!
Now I know what you are thinking, you are asking yourself, “Do you mean that I actually have the ability to put down the cookies??” Yes ma’am! That is exactly what I’m saying. Not only that, you have the full desire to trade them in for a fresh basket of blueberries instead. I can put down the cookies. You can put down the cookies. We can all put down the cookies!!!
Having the control to say no to the things I know will not bring me health and yes to the things that will help me fulfill my Godly purpose is freeing. If anything has more control over my life then Jesus, I will automatically be set up for failure. Let me say that again.
If ANYTHING has more control over my life then Jesus, I will automatically be set up for failure.
Once I let that really sink into my heart, I felt like I could conquer anything through the strength God gives us.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” -Romans 8:37 NKJV
I can do this. You can do this my friend. If you are in a place where you are just getting down on yourself about not feeling in control, let me tell ya, I know what you are going through. But I want to encourage you, my dear friend, that with the Spirit living in you, you have the self-control to say no. I want to cheer you on as you make good, healthy, purpose fulfilling decisions that are not going to just change your life, but bring life to the world around you.
Today is your day! Will you join me?!