“To attack on all sides; assail to trouble greatly or grievously; to afflict with mental or physical suffering; harass:”
This is the definition of the verb, “BESET.” Now before you write it off as some old, antiquated term(AKA King James Version), let’s dive deeper into it’s meaning.
Attacked on all sides…Do you ever feel like you are being attacked at every turn? That no matter what you do you seem to come up short in your struggle?
Troubled greatly or grievously…Are you or have you ever been so bothered by something that you can not rest or sleep? It even produces anxiety and it causes anxiety and unsettledness in your soul!
Harass…Have you ever been so afflicted by something that it causes you mental and physical distress?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you understand the term BESET!
Let me speak for myself when I say, I understand this old, antiquated term BESET quite well!
For the majority of my adult life I have woken up every morning and started with the best of intentions on a healthy eating and exercise plan. Only to fall short over and over again, sometimes on the daily! Now this may or may not be a “BESETTING” sin for many of you. But for me it is a matter of self-control. I give it to God regularly and then take it back on my own almost as regularly!
So is it hopeless or is there a way to gain victory over a BESETTING sin?
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
There is good news, it is not hopeless!
The only bad news comes when it is hopeless because you keep relying on yourself!
Leave it to God to give us the solution in the next verse!
“Fixing our eyes on JESUS, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2
TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOURSELF AND PUT THEM ON JESUS FOR THE VICTORY!
When you are walking in the presence of Jesus, full of His spirit, you will have all of the fruit of His Spirit! And for me, that includes self control! What fruit of the spirit do you need Jesus to give you the victory for?
Speak Truth Love