As I reflect on my post yesterday, I think I need to elaborate on who the Inner Fatman is. This blog is not only about food, weight, and overeating, and I want to make sure that is understood. This blog is about fighting against sin and our sinful nature. It just so happens that my biggest and most prevalant habitual sin is gluttony (overeating). So that is why I will usually write from that perspective, but I want you to see that the lessons I am learning apply to any and all aspects of that pesky sinful nature that likes to hang around.
The Inner Fatman is a reference to my sinful nature, if you didn’t smell what I was cooking. The Fatman is the old self that wants to take over again. Is it always about food? Goodness, no. I, like most other human beings, have all kinds of pet sins and sinful habits that want to pop up from time to time. Gluttony is just the most obvious one, and so the “Inner Fatman” just fits. He has been with me for a long time, and now it is time to kill him and let him go.
So, all of that being said, who is your Inner Fatman? What are the sins that you have the most trouble letting go of? What is it that your sin nature brings you back to over and over again? Is it gluttony, like me? Is it trying to control everything and everyone? Anger? Subtance abuse? Having to be accepted by everyone? Lust? Greed? Envy? Anger?
I think it is so important to name those things that you struggle with. That is the first step to letting God have control and start helping you have success over your old nature. You need to know who you are fighting against so that you can fight (and ask for help? Who is your Fatman? And will you join me on the execution squad to help start putting an end to your sin nature?
There is hope. Christ already died for your my sins and yours. Jesus took that sin nature in himself on the cross. He lived without sin so that he could die for mine and for yours. Sin no longer has a hold on me…and it now longer has a hold on you. We are free from the hold that our sin nature has on us. We just have to live to take hold of that freedom!
Romans 6:1-6: Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
I will pray for you as you seek to kill your old self. Please pray for me as I do the same!