(This is the final installment of our “Fighting Dirty” devotional series.)
Good morning, peeps!
“I’m saved, but my face isn’t.”
When people say, “Well! Why don’t you tell me how you really feel??”, my face has already said it. *sigh* I don’t have to say a word. Nope. It’s already been said. Every time I see t-shirts with the phrase “I’m saved, but my face isn’t”, I think about filing a lawsuit because that saying has obviously been inspired by someone’s encounter with me and I want my money. Surely that’s an infringement of some kind. This face…lawd. She needs her own “come to Jesus” moment. Just backslidden.
I think she’d be okay if she didn’t hang around my right eyebrow all of the time.
Sometimes I can rein her in, but then there are times I just give up and put her in timeout: I’ll have a blank expression on my face. This is not a good look and I’m not very good at it either. I can pull it off sometimes, though. Let’s take yesterday, for example. I was in a meeting with my boss and and someone went completely off-subject. As we were walking out, my boss said, “Deone, I wish you had a ticker on your forehead so I could know what you were thinking because your posture did not match the blank look on your face.” I said, “Well, in that case, you already know”, but my thought was, “Man! Now, my body ain’t saved either!”
“I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” – Romans 7:21-24
I am a wretched (wo)man. I love the Lord, but I am wret-ched. And I am so wore out from fighting my wretchedness that I don’t have the energy to fight anyone else. This war with me, myself, and I has been going on for years and these sistas are not backing down. We go toe-to-toe every day! Every day it’s a fight to see who will be in control. And you want me to fight a whole ‘nother enemy, God? I can’t even win against myself! I thought about this a few minutes ago, and what came to me was “verse 25”. Romans 7:25 reads, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” Y’all, I’ve been doing the copy/paste thing on Romans 7:21-24 for this entire series and I never thought to read the last verse. My bad. The mind. Hmm.
In a war, a country is only as strong as its infrastructure. Our mind is our infrastructure. If it’s not strong, there’s no way we are going to win this war between our flesh and spirit – a war that will continue on until the day we die. It’s not going anywhere. Another law will always be at work in our members. We just have to be stronger than it. That’s where the mind comes in: we’ve got to build it up. This devotional series is really not over. Part 8 is the segue into a new series that will jump off on Monday called “What Doesn’t Kill You”, using James 1:12 for reference. This verse is about temptation, but we’ll focus on where that starts: in the mind. We’ll tackle the who, what, where, when, and how of temptation and learn how we can come out victorious. We’ve got a war on our hands, peeps, and I look forward to fighting it with you. Have a great day.