Starving Out Our Temptations, Part III—Sistertalk…Reflections from Ellen
If we want to ‘starve out’ our specific areas of temptation to sin, let’s not miss the thing we so obviously need: to KNOW what they are! What immediately comes to your mind? You obsessively hop onto Facebook to “stalk” certain people? You casually cruise over to websites that are “borderline” pornographic?
You pop into chat rooms to “just” talk but you know you’ll soon be exchanging sexually graphic messages? What books, music, and movies are those that you know arouse your senses in ways that lead you on to sexual arousal and sexual self-gratification? What guy or girl, whose verbal affection and/or touch, is something that you feel you can’t live without?
Sisters, the above scenarios (and hundreds of other specific things that may have come to your mind) really aren’t the things that need to be starved out. They are the fruit or manifestations of deeper, more profound heart-temptations that are within you. To starve them out, you must go below the surface sin struggle, and get inside to what you are craving. Are you desperately lonely and seeking companionship? Are you sad and brokenhearted and seeking to feel comfort…even just a drop of attention or affection from someone? Are you bored with life and just wanting to feel alive? All of these are very specific areas of pain and struggle and longing for which Jesus must be your covering, your comfort…your heart’s clothing.
Here are some diagnostic questions to ask of your heart:
1). What activities, people, habits, commitments are a part of your daily life? Some of mine are: my cell phone and texting, my computer and checking email, my French Press and coffee.
2). How long can you go without any of the things you just listed?
3). What kinds of feelings surface when you “fast” from these things for an hour? Half-a-day? An entire day?
The feelings that surface when we fast from any regular or habitual activity (anything that we feel we “have to do” and suspect may have a hold on us) will help us to discover root causes to our temptations and sin struggles. Try to fast this weekend from one thing you came up with in question #1, and jot down the feelings that surface during that fasting period. I’m going to fast from checking and writing email Saturday and Sunday so I’ll join in on this.
What will you fast from? What will your heart display…what will you learn about the heart within you that drives what you do?