We live in boxes. We sleep in a box shaped bedroom, on a box shaped bed, and wake up via an alarm from a box shaped clock. We enter our box shaped toilet to wash up in a box shaped shower stall before eating our breakfast from a cereal box. After working in a box shaped cubicle and eating from a lunch box, we return home in our box shaped vehicles. We watch our favourite programmes from a TV box set or from a box shaped computer. We sleep on our same old box shaped bed and the cycle repeats.
But the attention that we should pay is not so much towards the boxes we live in, but the restrictive boxes that take away our full purpose in Christ, which LIVES in us. These boxes, in the shape of strongholds and dominating attitudes and mindsets, prevent us from having life-changing breakthroughs.
What are these boxes? Christ addresses them and Satan attacks using them when Jesus was tested in the desert.
1.The box of immediate fulfillment.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:2-4 ESV)
Eating is important to sustain our bodies. But should bodily desires dominate our priorities so much so that they must be fulfilled immediately? It is true that many, including myself, have lost the will or are 'incapable' even to wait or delay fulfilling our hunger or thirst, resulting in many problems and sins such as pornography. The perceived need to immediately fulfill our own needs, especially bodily ones, drags us away from God's purpose and into the box that satan has set for us.