I was going to write about how we are to replace willpower with Holy Spirit power to help us win the battle to stop overeating. But as I began to meditate on it I began to get a different viewpoint come to me.
- willpower is the inner strength to enable you to make decisions and carry them out.
- willpower gives you the strength to take action and perform tasks and plans, despite inner resistance, discomfort, laziness or difficulties.
- when there is willpower there is firmness, decisiveness, determination, assertiveness, resolution, persistence, and the power of pushing yourself toward goals and achievements.
- willpower is the ability to control yourself; strong determination that allow you to do something difficult.
- willpower is control exerted to do something or restrain impulses.
- willpower is strength of will, strength of character, firmness of purpose, resolve, single-mindedness, drive, commitment, dedication, staying power, backbone.
Do we replace our willpower with Holy Spirit power, or do we join the two together when it comes to stopping overeating, or other areas of our Christian life that we need help in?
I’ve realised I had this anti attitude to the whole concept of willpower for a Christian. Like it’s something we don’t do!
Don’t we need to be determined to obey the Holy Spirit? Don’t we need to be resolved to obey God’s Word and not eat with no self-control whatsoever? Don’t we want to be single-minded in surrendering our eating habits to God? Don’t we want to be committed to daily putting God first before food? Don’t we want to be people who have staying power where it comes to living out the Word of God?
Our willpower and Holy Spirit power go hand in hand. Victory is secured when the 2 work together.