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Tastes So Good ~ Hurts So Bad

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 I love donuts. Chocolate glazed is the best. Rarely does a person turn one down. People that have “already had breakfast” or are “super healthy” generally end up eating at least one. One of my favorite lines from a movie is “you don’t have to be hungry to eat a donut”. It is true, you know :).

Here in El Paso there aren’t many “Mom & Pop” shops but we do have my 2 friends Dunkin’ and Krispy. Unfortunately, they are close to my house and the church. This is a problem. As I said, I love donuts BUT they don’t love me. Sugar and I don’t have a pleasant relationship. That much sugar is not good for anyone and it adversely affects me. This presents a serious issue. I realize that I don’t have what it takes to stop eating them. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps.

Hey, why were those sentences italicized? These words were taken straight from the Bible, except the donut part (Romans 7:17-25). They are for everyone that fight with internal contradictions.

The issue that the writer was struggling with was sin. Look at these excerpts and see if you can relate to the writer. I know the law but still can’t keep it…the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions…It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? 

016 angel and devil on shoulder.jpgI read this and I immediately feel his pain. There are things in my life that I am at war. The little angel on one shoulder says “don’t do it” while the little devil on the other says “ ahhh, go ahead. It’s not THAT bad. Besides, everyone is doing it”. Sound familiar? Sure it does, but don’t see this as those cute “little guys” on your shoulder. Sin isn’t something to wink at. The fight between being godly and sinful is all out war. God desires us to be holy and gives us the power to do so. On the other side,the Devil wants nothing more than to totally annihilate us. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. I obviously need help!

Here’s the verse that I’ve been anxious to show you. The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

You don’t have to give in to sin, evil, or bad. We have the answer in Jesus. Don’t struggle alone. Let God help you and then surround yourself with people that want to support you. By the way, DON’T EAT THE DONUT even if you think you have room for it.

Ben Hodge is lead pastor of Bethel Family Ministries in El Paso Texas.
Bethel Family Ministries
Lead Pastor
El Paso, Texas

Posted on: April 19th, 2017


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