31ish Days | Comfort Detox: Saying No to Yourself

By October 23, 2012 culture, faith No Comments

You may be wondering if embarking on a Comfort Detox program is helpful.

How would restricting coffee consumption or abstaining from gossip or limiting media consumption for a short time do anything lasting? Does such a small act make any sort of impact?

Oswald Chambers, a chaplain and Bible teacher (1874–1917), debunks our doubts in this devotional from the classic My Utmost for His Highest:

Never disregard a conviction that the Holy Spirit brings to you. If it is important enough for the Spirit of God to bring it to your mind, it is the very thing He is detecting in you. You were looking for some big thing to give up, while God is telling you of some tiny thing that must go. But behind that tiny thing lies the stronghold of obstinacy, and you say, “I will not give up my right to myself”— the very thing that God intends you to give up if you are to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.1

Little changes that we refuse are often just the front man covering for the enormous stronghold of self will within our hearts. Saying no to the flesh is never easy, even for the so-called small things like coffee, gossip, and media. It is no small thing to say no to yourself and depend upon Jesus to see you through the discomfort of deprivation.

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Is there something small that has more rule over you than it should? What sort of Comfort Detox program could you institute to gain a measure of freedom so you can more fully give yourself to Jesus?

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Source
1. Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest. The “Go” of Preparation. RBC Ministries, n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.

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