If you’ve ever been tempted by what feel like irresistible impulses, take heart, there’s a spiritual perspective that can conquer those impulses and replace them with spiritual peace and dominion from within.
The temptation to overeat, smoke, drink, recreate with drugs, or itch, are symptoms of the belief that man is a mindless creature that has no control over his thought and actions. But this sensation is a deception.
God created us thinking beings. As a reflection of the one intelligent divine Mind, we reflect God’s ability to think every action through and decide on a good outcome. We are not mindless creatures filled with involuntary impulses that take us by surprise.
One time, when I had an itchy condition on my feet, it felt impossible to resist the temptation to itch it. The condition continued to grow worse over a long period of time. Finally, one day, I got upset with myself for caving into temptation all the time and decided that I could do a better job of expressing dominion over this disease. I reminded myself that I was not an ignorant, mindless, empty-headed slave to the selfish mortal mind. I was an intelligent man who was in full possession of his thoughts and that I could choose not to itch or indulge this lie any longer.
The apostle Paul instructed, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
I mightily resisted the temptation to itch, reminding myself that it was much more desirable to find peace with my harmonious spiritual self, than to continue serving an indulgence that only brought guilt and misery my way.
I also knew it was God’s will for me to be free of this error.
Once I stood my ground with spiritual truth, I was amazed at how fast the condition retreated and disappeared. In a few days, it was gone.
I realized that the only reason it had hung around so long, was my belief that it was irresistible, which in turn, made me feel helpless. Once I conquered the belief of helplessness, and accepted God’s help to conquer it, the condition had nothing left to hold it in place. It became as nothing in my thought, and then on the body.
There is no such thing as an irresistible impulse. Any sensation of mortal mind can be resisted and conquered.
Side with God, and win.