He Won’t Take It
My Sisters in Christ, when it comes to matters of the heart, life is full of choices. We, as women, often find ourselves struggling to please the people we feel matter the most. The nurturing and compassionate nature that was planted in the soul of a woman is often the driving force that tends to lead her through this journey we call life.
It’s that very nature that drives her to get up on a Friday night and choose the “sexiest” form fitting outfit in her closet, so she can go out drinking and partying with friends when she does not want to. However, the desire to “fit-in” outweighs the spirit to say “no!”
It’s that very nature that persuades her to continue seeing and spending “intimate” quality time with a certain man, when everything in her soul has told her to walk away. Yet, the fleshly craving for male companionship completely overpowers the spirit of celibacy. Therefore, she convinces herself that maybe she’s being too hard and has not given him a chance. As a result, she holds on, just a little while longer.
It’s that same nature that falls upon her while at a Saturday afternoon family gathering filled with food, fun, liquor and smoking. Where the common language used is profanity, and she just goes along with the flow because she surely does not want to seem too “holy.” Nevertheless, Sunday morning she’s in church praising God and speaking encouraging words to the “saints” with that very same mouth.
Yeah, that’s right, our friends, our family and a MAN will surely lead us down the wrong path if we are not careful. So what do we do? What do we do when our flesh is craving smoking, cussing, drinking, and fornication? What about when this fleshly Vessel wants to tell a little “white” lie, watch pornography, or go in the club and let loose with the people of the world? Well, to put it in simple terms, what do we do when this body desires to sin?
Well, my sisters in Christ, I am about to give you a very simple message. It’s the same message my mother gave to me years ago. It’s simple, short and to the point. It’s powerful and extremely easy to comprehend. Here it is!!! HE WON’T TAKE IT; YOU HAVE TO LOVE HIM ENOUGH TO LET IT GO!!!
When those cravings hit your flesh please know and understand you are either going to choose God or choose Satan!!! Love is an extremely powerful word. It’s a word that’s frequently used, however, rarely experienced. Do you know why; because real love requires sacrifice? And there is only a few who will be willing to truly surrender for the cause. The word of God states that Jesus cried out and said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NIV)
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus suffered the agony of the cross because of love. He pleaded and asked God to take the cup that seemed too hard to bear, however, because of His love and commitment to the Father; He was willing to endure whatever pain was necessary.
Therefore, we as “Disciples of Christ” must choose to do the same. Ladies, you have to choose!!!! There is no other option. I truly do understand and agree that it would be so much easier for God to just reach down from heaven and make us do the right thing every time. But that’s not going to happen, because that’s not what He stands for.
Love is a gift that was freely given. However, that gift required sacrifice, and sacrifice is painful. He endured this magnitude of pain, the crucifixion of the cross so that we did not have to. However, know and understand that they did not have the power to make Him. He chose to go!!
Jesus, lived as our example, therefore we must also be willing to endure some pain. This Christian walk is solely about love, and love is sometimes painful. When you hear people say that love “does not” hurt…that’s not biblical. True love requires you to deny yourself and the denying of the flesh is painful. Nevertheless, it’s the only way. We cannot walk as a Christian and not deny the flesh. We cannot continue to do as we please and profess that we have given our life to Him. If you truly gave Him your life, why are you ignoring His voice?
Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me!!” (Matthew 16:24 NIV) It’s not an option, it’s a requirement!! There is only two ways you can go. It’s either with Jesus or with Satan, there is no in between. And guess what, your lifestyle will determine which Master you chose to serve. Remember, His word clearly states, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27 KJV)
My sisters, if you are single and participating in sexual activities, you are not following the voice of Jesus! If you are married and having sex with someone other than your husband, I can assure you that it’s not Jesus you’re hearing!
If you are always going out in the public with clothes on that expose your temple (body), you are not listening to His voice. If you are always drinking, clubbing, gambling, and never reaching out to help someone in need, my Sisters, that’s not Him!
If you never have time to minister to, or encourage someone you are not following His voice. Trust me; if you never stop to feed the hungry, clothe the naked or needy, or take the time to put someone else’s needs before your own, you are clearly not listening to the voice of Jesus!
When you gave your life to Him, it is no longer about you. Everything you do is about worshipping Him and glorifying His name. You became a new creature. Old things should be passed away. Yet, we run around and tell anybody who will listen that we are saved, when there is absolutely nothing about our life that has changed.
If you belong to Him, you have to make a decision to follow His lead. He’s not going to force you, you have to choose!! He’ll walk with you, but you have to freely choose to follow Him.
It’s a road that is going to be uncomfortable and very lonely at times, because it’s not traveled much. But although uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it’s a very peaceful journey. As there is nothing like being in His will for your life. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV)
All the things your flesh craves (and you know exactly what they are) you have to make a decision to put them on the altar. It does not matter how painful it may be, and it will be painful, but you have to freely let the things that are outside of His will for your life go. Remember, if your heart truly loves Him, it will choose to follow Him in obedience with your life. HE WON’T TAKE IT; YOU HAVE TO LOVE HIM ENOUGH TO FREELY CHOOSE TO LET IT GO!!!