Deprive of Power
Freedom comes when our soul is empowered to live the life Jesus died to give us. One way we gain this strength is by disempowering or depriving of power our natural human carnal flesh.
Colossians 3, in the amplified version of the Bible says this in verse 5;
The command is clear, Deprive your evil desires — which live in the recesses of the mind, will and emotions — of power. The “what” to do is obvious. But the “how-to do it” is often not so clear!
So, let’s explore the how.
First, STARVE what you want to die.
Don’t feed your wrong desires by sitting yourself in front of a 3-course meal. In other words, turn the TV off from the shopping chanel, don’t visit a bar where alcohol is served, don’t buy that ice cream “for the kids,” don’t drive through the neighborhood where your old boyfriend used to live, or search for him on Facebook. These are things women have told me they did right before a fall. The Bible calls it making provision for the flesh:
This verse tells us not to make it easy for our carnal inner man or flesh — mind, will and emotions — to slip into compromise.
Next, FEED, and give power to what you do want to live, grow, and become strong.
Write your goals down. Envision yourself reaching them. Meditate on scriptures that confirm what God is calling you to, and repeat them out loud … often! Practice the skills that lead you toward your God-given dreams. Associate with those who will encourage you toward your vision.
Yes, consider yourself “dead” to your old nature. If you dwell on any negative thought or desire for more than 5 seconds without abruptly interrupting those thoughts, you will give energy to your temptations, perhaps even succumb to them. Instead, listen to God’s Word on this … it is not a mystery.