The battlefield of obedience is in our mind. How we see the world, what we believe, all play a factor in our choices. Recently I’ve been battling a couple of issues, both ultimately based on my trust in Him and His sovereignty.
In these battles I’ve found the need to re-mind. Re-, as a prefix, means again: anew, or back: backward. Mind means to attend to closely, or to give heed to attentively in order to obey. I’ve had to go back over again who He is and what He calls me to. Re-mind.
One battle revolves around the choices of a loved one, the other my health. In both, I’ve had to re-mind myself of His love, His trustworthiness, and His sovereignty.
My diet has been a battle of obedience because I have eating restrictions. About five years ago I was diagnosed with glucose intolerance or pre-diabetes. As long as I exercise regularly and eat properly, I can avoid medications. I’ve done pretty well keeping within the boundaries until about six months ago. I’ve compromised in more places, and the truth is, when we compromise we give birth to flesh.
Scripture has been key to repenting in the issue of diet. I’ve re-minded myself over this last week:
“It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Matthew 4:4 NIV84
As I’ve brought this Scripture to mind, I remember this health condition is His word to me. In the beginning, He made it clear I was to approach this malady as a spiritual discipline. In my compromise to feed my flesh, I had forgotten. The re-membering (the putting back together) of the spiritual discipline aspect of my dis-ease based on His sovereignty in my life causes me to choose His way rather than mine.
In the battle with my loved one’s choices, obedience is more about not doing. Not getting in God’s way, trusting His great love, and not let worry take hold. He’s graciously given me Scripture to help re-mind.
He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 NASB
…for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 NASB
“… I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail…” —Jesus
Luke 22:31-32 ESV
Being in His Word, knowing His Word, and trusting His goodness and sovereignty are foundations we need in our thought life to face any battle of obedience.
Re-mind yourself with His truth.