I used to love to smoke.
As a matter of fact, I liked to smoke more than I liked to eat, which really tells you something,
Because I like to eat!
But I remember the day God spoke to my heart about it.
He said, “Chelsea, I love you whether you smoke or not, but I can’t uphold my end of the covenant, while you’re deliberately poisoning your body.”
I said, “Alright then Lord, you know how much I like it, so you’re going to have to kill the desire.”
And He did.
It was within that week that I lay on the hospital waiting room floor, while visiting someone, that I was sickened by my last cigarette.
I had went out for the usual smoke break, and was instantly sick to my stomach.
I laid there thinking I would just get up and go back out and try another,
And the Holy Spirit, said,
“Didn’t you ask me to kill that desire?”
Now, I had a decision.
To reckon what He had done as a fact-
Or move past that-
and continue to fool myself into thinking I needed that thing.
Look at this scripture;
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11
The Blue Letter Bible describes the word Reckon this way;
to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over
- to take into account, to make an account ofmetaph. to pass to one’s account, to imputea thing is reckoned as or to be something, i.e. as availing for or equivalent to something, as having the like force and weight
- to number among, reckon with
- to reckon or account
- to reckon inward, count up or weigh the reasons, to deliberate
- by reckoning up all the reasons, to gather or inferto consider, take into account, weigh, meditate onto suppose, deem, judge
- to determine, purpose, decide
I like this last point.
This was what did it for me-
To determine, purpose and decide.
As I sit here this morning, thinking about other areas of my life that need dealt with,
this Word reckon jumped up from within my spirit.
According to scripture, Jesus killed the desire to sin completely, in our new, recreated spirit.
But now we have to reckon in our minds and bodies that that truth is so.
As a matter of fact.
In the flesh, we’ve been taught to go with what we feel, as a basis for truth,
But that is not scriptural.
We go by what He said.
And if He said-
that the Son set us Free,
Then we are Free indeed.
Now it’s a matter of reckoning.
It’s like being in prison, but holding the keys.
(Shout out to NF.)
I reckon today, that we can use the Keys Jesus gave us, open the door and bust outta here!
Let’s start Walking in the Newness of Life.