“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” – Galatians 5:16-17
Your favorite show is on, so you stay up later than you should. The next morning, your alarm clock goes off. You’re still tired, so you hit snooze. Then you find yourself running late to the gym, and now stuck in line for the showers, since it is later in the day… which causes you to be stuck in more traffic, late to work, late to that meeting, rushing through lunch, staying later at work, stuck in rush hour traffic, late for dinner, and all stressed out… which causes you to stay up late again because you can’t relax. Just one domino falling out-of-place causes them all to fall: The Domino Effect.
You begin with one small compromise: you watch that TV show that makes your wife uncomfortable due to the scandalous script and wardrobe. You then catch yourself checking out the actress and noticing her body. Instead of turning it off… you find yourself lusting. Then looking at pornography. Then you’re noticing women out in the world and workplace. Next thing you know, you find yourself in an affair… so quickly that you ask yourself, “How did I end up here?!” One small compromise opened the door for the enemy, and the dominoes all came crashing down: The Domino Effect.
An extra cup of coffee, when the Lord has told you one is enough. Then an extra cookie. Then the whole jar of peanut butter. Then a package of cookies. Then you skip the gym because you’re feeling pretty miserable. Then you take a week off from working out… two weeks… you stop tracking your meals, your macros, and you stop eating clean… until caring for your “Temple” is no longer part of your lifestyle, but something you “used to” do. One transgression can set you so far off course, that you end up somewhere you don’t want to be: The Domino Effect.
Sure, this may be an over-dramatization, but our point is that one, seemingly small, compromise can lead to larger, more serious and life-altering sins. The Domino Effect does not happen overnight. It is a gradual slide into sin, that creeps in so silently and sneaky… until you are a person you no longer recognize… but you can look back and see where that first domino fell.
So how do we walk by the Spirit, rather than gratifying the desires of the flesh? How do we win this conflict between good and evil, when we have an enemy, diligently fighting against us? We start by diligently seeking HIM. God is greater than the enemy, and His Holy Spirit is living within us. So if you knocked that domino over, acknowledge it, repent, and set it back up- standing tall. Ask for God’s strength to say “no” and then go turn of that TV program. Get to bed on time. Don’t snooze your day away. Put down that cookie. Get to the gym today. Every domino you set in the right direction can build upon itself, until you find yourself saying, “How did I end up here?” In a great marriage. Uncompromising to sin. With a pure heart and eyes. Eating healthy. Exercising. Living a lifestyle of spiritual and physical fitness. Instead of allowing the dominoes to fall, you are now building them tall. To stand tall on His promises and His truth. His grace. His forgiveness. His conviction. His mercy. His love.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
You can do this. Just seek Him.
Here’s to your health!