I heard something on the radio the other day. When Israel (in the Old Testament) insisted on worshipping false gods, God would allow them to be taken over by countries that worshipped the same false gods. How many times have I insisted on getting my own way? My parents, I’m sure, would say that no one can possibly count that high. We insist that we know better than God, and eventually He allows us to have that thing we wanted . . . only to find out His plan was best in the first place. I believe I’ve been doing the same thing . . . with food!
Now, gluttony seems to be the sin that no one calls out in the pulpit. But seriously, I wouldn’t want to talk about it in front of people. It would be so hard to call people out on their sin when you’re standing there in all your own overweight glory. That’s a perk of being a girl – I don’t have to preach. I can, however, spill my guts here. That ten second blip on the radio got my attention. How often does food consume my mind? I don’t believe that gluttony is just over-eating. I believe it can also be when your mind is consumed with food, or when food is the only thing you seek out for comfort. That’s where I am. Food is my comfort. I’m having a bad day – chocolate. I’m having a good day – chocolate.
I believe that God gave us food for nourishment and enjoyment. He wants us to enjoy food just as much as He wants us to enjoy the rest of His beautiful creation. The problem lies when we find enjoyment in food instead of in God. That’s where the conviction hit me. How often would I grab a Twix instead of search the Scriptures? All that to say, I believe I’ve found a new reason to diet: sanctification.
Today, I’m starting my Journey to 50. The goal is to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year. There are 42 weeks left in the year, so that makes it only 1.2 pounds a week. The purpose of this diet is to grow closer to God more than it is to lose weight. The weight loss will be just a physical sign of spiritual growth – hopefully. My goal is to keep track on this blog, so I’ve got all y’all to hold me accountable! Mandisa did a journey to 100. Here are the verses shes uses to encourage her:
1 Corinthians 10:13– No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Deuteronomy 8:3b– Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Philippians 3:13-14– I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:12-13– I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
1 Corinthians 6:12– “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
Mark 9:23b– “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Isaiah 50:7– Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
Proverbs 13:25– The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
2 Timothy 1:12b– I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
Romans 8:1-2– Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Deuteronomy 30:15/Joshua 24:15– See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction…then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…we will serve the LORD.
2 Corinthians 10:5– We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Isaiah 55:1-2– Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
John 8:32– Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20– Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Galatians 5:16– So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
1 Peter 5:8– Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Psalm 139:23-24– Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ephesians 3:20– Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
Romans 12:1– Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
1 Corinthians 6:14-15a– By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?