It’s day number eight, and if you haven’t hit your “first wall” yet, I would guess you are superhuman, and don’t need to waste your time reading any further. For the rest of us, it’s a different story.  We’ve all hit a wall of resistance once or twice, and need some encouragement and inspiration in our fasting journey.

A few days ago, I hit my own “first wall”, and wrestled with my own weakness. Let me tell you about it…

I was meeting our missionary from Hawaii, who just happened to bring me a special treat from the Aloha state.  Temptation came alive in an instant, as the big box of Hawaiian Host Maui Caramacs called my name.  Go ahead. Look them up. They look as delicious as they taste.

This tray full of creamy caramel & macadamias covered in milk chocolate, was launching a full on assault on my defences!  In no time at all, rationalizing thoughts raced through my head.

“It wouldn’t hurt to just have ONE.”

“I don’t want to offend our missionary by ignoring his gift.”

“Why in the world am I fasting anyways?”

In a split second, I had more than enough reasons to break my fast.  It’s almost laughable how a box of Hawaiian chocolates brought me face to face with my own personal frailty.  By the grace of God, the very little left of me that was feeling anything spiritual, blurted out the words “we’re on a church fast, and I can’t wait to enjoy these in a few weeks.”  I was off the hook.  Temptation averted.

I got thinking about this near-miss moment, and the war that was happening in my head.  I was reminded that anything worth having is worth fighting for.  That wanting to quit shows us we’ve got something good worth giving up.  That when the enemy is fighting me, I. should be fighting back

Look at Galatians 6:9.  It says, Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.”

When I became ‘weary in doing good’, the choice was between Hawaiian Host Caramacs and reaping my own “spiritual harvest”.  For you it could be anything else that makes you weak in the knees.  It’s in these moments of weakness, we can remember His promise…  The harvest IS coming.  Don’t give up!

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  • Millie Parsons says:

    No I am not superhuman…it has been a battle for sure. I have failed a few times and I know the enemy has had a good laugh
    because he “thinks” he has won. But I have news for him…I am determined to make the enemy think again so I pick myself up and try again.
    Just because I fail today does not mean I cannot try again and success tomorrow.
    Pastor Jeff you are very loving, kind, approachable and sincere. Your sermons are challenging, encouraging and inspiring.
    I pray that God will best you and your family and that God will continue to guide you as you shepherd your/His flock.
    I am very proud to say that Jeff Johnston is my pastor.

  • Les Trempe says:

    I was tempted with “savory food”. I am doing a modified Danial plan and I did enjoy chicken wings with a friend, a date put back many times.
    Next thing I knew it was in my first week fasting. I asked for forgiveness and help to keep going. I’ve recieved both. I find myself asking for help now at the beginning of temptation and I pray for something I remember off our church prayer list. I like communing with my God and my heightened awareness of my need pray. Win win, I love God .