God reveals Pt3: Stop smoking
As mentioned in the first 2 postings on this topic (here and here), there have been 3 experiences in my walk with the Lord whereas this overwhelming sense came over me that I was about to experience Him. This is #3. (skip to nxt paragraph if you have already read the explanation of this sense). These were situations whereas there is an advance heads-up. Kinda like “Pay attention, I’m about to reveal something.” This sensation is a bit difficult to explain. As stated in the other post, the best way I can explain this is as a sense, a feeling.. a forewarning? The thought that goes through my head is “God is here and I’m about to experience something from Him. Be watchful.” It is a very strong feeling, like everything goes still.. It is so strong that I pause at whatever I’m doing, because I know something is up and the next thing I experience will be Him so I start watching.
The night before this took place, I was struggling with my choice to keep smoking. I was talking to the Lord about this, and discussing my ignorant reasoning. See, to justify it and make it easier to smoke, I decided to start rolling my own cigarettes. The tobacco was “all natural” without any additives. But I was still convicted because the Lord revealed that I was justifying it with the natural mentality.
The next day, I went to my mailbox (in an apartment at the time). As I was getting my key out, that sensation came over me. I knew something was going to be in my mailbox. I open it, nothing but junk mail. When I closed the mailbox, a mailbox around 4-5 slots down to the right opened up around an inch or 2. I hadn’t locked my mailbox yet and I was just standing there holding the key.. I pull my mailbox back open, and the other one closed.. I closed my mailbox cover again, the other one opened. I locked my box and walked over to the other box.. I look in. I see a postcard for a brand of cigs, american spirit. In big letters – “IT’S ALL NATURAL!”
Lord, you know I’m still struggling with this stupid habit. Forgive me for tainting your temple. Help me Helper.. Give me strength, in Jesus name, amen.
So what are you saying? Is it that He was giving you a message to smoke “natural”? Or was it another temptation from the evil one? Just quit, there is no alternative. You are still poisoning your lungs regardless.
When i was examining myself and discussing with Him the night before, I saw justification within(from the post – “See, to justify it and make it easier to smoke, I decided to start rolling my own cigarettes. The tobacco was “all natural” without any additives. But I was still convicted…”).
I’m pretty sure He gave me a confirmation. Showing me that my justification (making it not so bad by being “all natural”) was the thing that was keeping me smoking.
And thanks for asking, because now.. I see how foolish I am. He gave me the answer, but I ignored it. I heard Him, but didn’t do it – As Jesus said:
24″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
I can relate to the smoking habit. I was a slave to it for years and years. Thankfully, by the grace of God, He purged that habit out of my system. But for a long time I tell you, the enemy had me thinking that I was the one in control and that I could stop at anytime when really, I was the fool.
The Fool- Lee Ann Womack
” I’m the fool, in the love with the fool, who’s still in love with you”
:) Thanks brother.
What is your understanding of what that statement could mean? (The lyrics). I say it all the time “Lord, I’m such a fool.”
I know there is a message there from God, but it has been hidden from me for years.
This is about as close as I get: “I’m considered a fool in man’s eyes for continuing to love you in your sin, but I’m not because I’m in love with my Son and His blood covers you. Man also thought Him as a fool and crucified Him. And we’re still in love with you, the one you also call a fool.”
What is your take?
So, did you quit smoking?
Well, I got 2 answers for ya. :)
Yes, I’m delivered.. but it hasn’t fully manifested yet. No, I haven’t fully surrendered it..
I smoked 1-2 in the last couple of days.