At this very moment, somewhere in the world, there is a birthday party being celebrated for a co-worker or friend, a daughter or a son, a grandpa or mother. And in that room, there is a woman there who is refusing a piece of cake.
Down deep inside she desires nothing other than that luscious looking piece of cake. But, in order to conquer one thought today, she must dominate her cravings. She must take control for the sake of her human image to conform her body and will power to meet the world’s expectations of her. Just for today she will fight it, maybe tomorrow will be easier.
Somehow, refusing the cake makes her think she is in control of her life. She is in control of her happiness. She has control of her destiny. But in the quietest part of her rapidly beating heart, there is a murmuring beckoning her thoughts, her mind. It argues with her insistently, demanding that she pay mind to the message it holds inside of her. For years it knocks on the door of her thoughts. At first entering her consciousness like a waking dream and then progressing as a vision.
She pays no mind to the rumbling in her tummy and the cravings in her mind; and each time that piece of cake comes sailing by, she refuses. The moist crumbs of chocolate goodness and glistening icing capture her heart as she follows it around the room. But, when it’s offered, up comes the hand with a smirk and a smile and a discreet, “No thank you” irks from her mouth. She wants chocolate cake and she wants it now.
Years go by and in an early quiet morning as she reads her scripture, a message creeps into her mind. A message that would change her life forever. As she had been seeking the Good Father, He had been seeking her. He had a masterful plan to give her everything she had ever dreamed of and more. He wanted to do good by her and prosper her and lift her up to shine. But, before He could, there was a message she needed to hear… And as she listened intently silencing her mind; she heard a voice from her heart, that message He had been sending all along. “Eat More Chocolate Cake.”
Her soul leapt into Her Father’s presence, excited and elated, she had come to the realization of His Absolute Love for her after all these years. It wasn’t her discipline or works. It wasn’t her ability to do the right thing or even to say no to chocolate cake. She didn’t need to do anything more than seek His face and He would be right there with her, just her and him, celebrating one another, their love and eating chocolate cake.
Our relationship with our Heavenly Father is based on nothing more than His Love for us. When God tells us to live in Eternity now as we will then, He is asking us to trust Him with every single moment of our lives. To forget our ways and live with a new mind, a new way of thinking and a new process of decision making.
1 Corinthians 2:11 tells us that not one of us can understand the ways of our Lord. How He thinks, or what He is doing at any given moment is a marvel to any man. However, we can place all of our Belief in Him, holding onto His promises, His Hope and His Victory will be ours.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
When we look at my most favorite verse that was given again and again in 2019, we see where the Lord reminds us that we are not of this world, but of another. That our ways will be more like His as we seek Him further. I used chocolate cake
as an example of the ways we deny ourselves His love and provisions. In this life, by following the mindsets of those around us, we deny ourselves the things the Lord has planned for us. Because again, not one of us thinks like God. So how can we be sure that what we assume to be right or wrong is indeed following the will of our Father for our lives?
We must not use the world as a measure of these things, but in everything bring our sufferings, (or greed for chocolate cake) to the Lord so that He can manifest our path ahead of our wanderings. We must let Him decipher for us first, so that as we grow and learn and watch what the Lord does in our lives, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds to start deciphering for ourselves.
It is in the hope of our Lord we find strength and faith to carry on. It is not in ourselves. So, our futile attempts to say no to chocolate cake will be eventually be taken over by our cravings and alas, we will eat it anyway. We must count on the Lord to remove our fleshly desires and count on Him to make us pure without sin or wrongdoing. When we do this, we start to find that what we thought were wrongdoings, may be silly tactics to keep a false sense of control over this life that we ultimately do not control anyhow. And that somehow, eating chocolate cake, isn’t such a bad idea after all.
You see, the idea of “Eating Chocolate Cake” may be the best example we have collectively as the human race to throw all cares aside and just for a moment, be free of worry and self destruction. We use it as an excuse to “live our best lives” to be carefree and nonsensical. It is our “YOLO” excuse every time! It represents our moments of triumph, celebration, renewal and hope. It is the food of jubilee. And in the same way we eat chocolate cake, we should walk with the Lord.
Do we eat the Word of God the same way we eat chocolate cake? Do we savor each bite, rolling the words around in our mouth like we do the icing on a cake? Do we get just as excited to receive the Lord and His Ways as we do our plate of cake? Do we pull out the Word of God when we celebrate a new triumph in our Lives or sing praises to someone we love?
Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God first and all other things shall be added to you. The thought behind this is that if we are as focused on God much more than our lives, He will take care of everything else. Spend more time with Him on a daily basis is the first step. Try a Daily Bible Reading Plan like “A One-Year Bible Reading Plan” by Crosscards.com or a Book of Encouragement like, “Jesus Calling, Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young. Try talking to Him every morning and praying every night. Celebrate your salvation through praise and worship. Share with others who also Believe. Remind yourself at least once a day just how much He really loves you. Gobbling up the Word of God just as though you are celebrating with a piece of chocolate cake will give your relationship new magnitude, joy and exuberance. These are the small actions we can take in every moment to live eternally. In order to keep our minds on Him, we must change our focus.
While we live this life in celebration of being with our Father, keep in mind that the road is long and this process of change will take time. We cannot place God’s thinking into our mindset but we can however allow Him to transform our mindsets into His thinking. We are here for nothing but a passing day and all the work is done for us. These things in which we vest ourselves up in are being burned up or renewed, so hold onto what we know is the truth, the Word of God.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
So, on this new year date, a change of a decade, I give you this resolution; eat more chocolate cake. The things you are focused on now are probably not at all what God is trying to show you. Relax, in all due time He will reveal to you His ways. In the meantime, spend less time worrying about what you are about to do and simply live in the moment with Jesus! We aren’t supposed to see what lies ahead or explain what happened in the past. We are supposed to look at Jesus and everything else that matters to Him and our Eternity will start to make sense.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The resolutions we set up for ourselves are typically of flesh nature. So, how about setting one of Spiritual Nature instead? Put in place a resolution that puts our eyes on Jesus instead of ourselves. God will fight all the other battles for us when we simply follow Him. And we will be surprised about what battles he chooses to fight! Battles like envy, gluttony, greed or avarice, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. Battles like anxiety, worry, guilt, shame, depression, malice or hatred.
These are all things that are a part of this world! Things that are of our flesh! The addiction to smoking! The need to have the perfect body! The hopes for more money! The anger that precedes our grace! Our lazy bones when its time to go to work! Our covetous behavior for our neighbors house! And YES! Even our cravings to eat too much chocolate cake! All of these things shall be done away with in us when we give our hearts to the Lord. That was His promise! He wants to fight all of the battles of TOKOGAE “The Knowledge of Good and Evil” and replace them with Spiritual Gifts, Fruits of the Holy Spirit!
These sins represent an army we battle here on earth. When we realize the fight is not ours to fight, but that we must stand in the face of that battle with the Truth of the Word, we will be most triumphantly victorious.
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
God Bless and Happy New Year! And remember to eat more chocolate cake.
PS: Here’s my other favorite verse from 2019! Be Encouraged Saints of God! He’s got you!