Chocolate Truffles & Bacon

Chocolate truffles and bacon

 

That’s all it took

 

for me to fall into the ditch

from my higher road

 

Resolved to eat better,

I was on my way

 

less sweets

less carbs

more exercise

 

The usual song and dance

for many a New Year enthusiast

 

only 13 days in…

 

But it had been a rough day

and I really wanted to eat bacon

and I really wanted to eat truffles

 

and I jumped in

with both feet

 

Not just a little

 

but a lot

 

and man it tasted good!

 

Then

the after…

 

the feeling crummy

the regret

the guilt

the sigh

 

Isn’t it that way with sin?

 

Without vigilance

we can find ourselves

up to our necks in it

 

Sin can be so tasty

 

But there is always the after

 

and in Jesus

we are free from those chains!

 

Sin reigns no more in us

because of Christ!

 

So when we choose to sin

it’s like bacon and chocolate truffles

 

It is blatant

or

it’s because we haven’t taken up our armor

 

Something is slipping

 

and I have left myself exposed

without a piece of my armor

 

Flesh exposed

 

And I’m not just talking

about the supposed “biggies” of sin

 

How often do we know

the Holy Spirit is pricking our hearts

when we start to speak gossip about another?

 

And we know we should stop

but we’ve already started

so we jump in deeper

because we’re already there

 

Run from sin’s snare!

 

Christ will fight for us

We need to surrender to Him

 

Don’t be burdened with slavery

free Warrior

 

– Susie Stewart

 

 

Version 2

 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

– Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

 

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

– Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

 

Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

– Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)

 

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

– Romans 6:12-14 (NLT)

 

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Photos taken by Susie Stewart and Arik Stewart

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you Susie for all of your blogs this year. They have been very encouraging as well as convicting!!! I love seeing them in my inbox each morning.

    Reply

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! Glad they are ministering to you. I love posting each morning.

      Reply

  2. melanie knutson January 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Love these emails Susie! I love YOU! 😊

    “Be Courageous”

    Reply

    1. Thank you, Mel! I love you ❤ and I'm proud of you for the journey you've chosen recently!

      Reply

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