This past week the news has been consumed with coverage of Whitney Houston’s sad death. I have seen countless interviews and replays of her amazing voice. One such interview struck me with an intense truth. It was in 02 I think and it was in response to her reported drug addiction issues. She actually joked about being too rich to ever smoke crack, that was sad in itself but the comment that caught me so strongly was her answer to a question. In an attempt to identify what her particular addiction was, Diane Sawyer asked her was it crack, cocaine, alcohol, heroin etc. That was when she made the joke about being too rich to use crack but then Diane asked “What is the enemy?” and Whitney smiled a sad smile and said “Me. I am my own worst enemy”. I looked at my hubby and said ‘wow-she just hit the nail on the head’.
Then in my Bible Study on the book of James, Beth Moore was teaching about James 4:4 and she said repeatedly “There ain’t no high like the Most High”. That applies to all of us because we all have our flesh nature at war within us and we look to find fulfillment and satisfaction in all kinds of things, people and habits. Then we turn around and try to find a place to lay the blame to justify our behavior.
Instead of looking for a substance, addiction, or even person to blame for her situation, Whitney recognized the truth of the matter– that we are our own worst enemies at times. How many of us need to realize that? To stop blaming that person or desire or need for the choices we make…
It’s a biblical concept covered not just in James. Paul talks about it in Rom 7:19-20 “I don’t do the things I want to do and the I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
Paul goes on to talk about the remedy to the problem-surrendering to the Holy Spirit and being full of Him. Think about it this way, the less of me–then the more of Him. And isn’t that the goal???
Maybe we can all learn a little something from this superstar voice who died tragically—we are our own worst enemies and we must choose to be intentional about who is in charge of our lives. The choice is ours to make–me or Holy Spirit??? The war rages inside us between flesh and spirit–whichever we feed the most will be the strongest.
As for me–He does a much better job of running my life than I ever could…may I always remember that and choose wisely:)