In the past month, I have had a new mindset towards these thoughts.....my flesh WILL fail me. Maybe not every time, but honestly my flesh wins this war way too often and I have decided it's time to put a stop to the crazy back and forth conversations (in my head). I am calling in the big guns....the WORD!
I have implemented and watched the active nature of the Word when I employ it in a situation. It immediately brings me back to center....THE center....Christ. The center where it's not all about me and my fleshly desires but how my decisions about those desires are pleasing to the Lord. When I place my name in the scripture and pray it over myself and trust in it and obey it....He shows up and comes to my rescue every time!
For example, I have been praying about, working on, and trying to implement more discipline in my life about my food and exercise. My inner conversation about my food choices was supportive and positive most of the time. However, my convo about my exercise was futile at best. I would tell myself that I was too tired, didn't have the energy, the hills were to tough, my legs couldn't go that far etc... One day while jogging up a hill the Holy Spirit encouraged me to use the scripture to get past the war waging in my mind. Here are the scriptures I prayed over myself throughout every run for the next 3 weeks:
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." Isaiah 40:29
Guess what?! Each time I would want to stop I would quote "God my flesh is failing but I know through your strength and power I can do this!" At the end of the three weeks I was stronger and faster than I have been in over a year.
The truth is that without God's help my flesh WILL fail but when I place Him at the center of all my decisions....He is my strength to deny myself and do what pleases Him and brings Him Glory.
You may struggle with your eating habits, exercise, daily choices of time management, smoking/drinking, too much time on facebook/email/technology....whatever it is, He wants to be an active participant in your decision making and He WILL give you the discipline and strength to make Godly, wise choices.
I would love to hear from you and pray with you specifically about your daily choices!