Monday, January 17, 2011

Chapter One Reflections

Chapter One is full of insightful goodies but what really jumped out at me was "we crave what we eat." This hit hard since it let me clearly see what I am putting into my body and mind. I am craving unhealthy food options because this is what I am consuming. I am not just craving them because I have a weak mind or weak body. I have set myself up for these cravings *ouch* It is comforting to know that I am designed by God to have cravings, however my cravings were never meant to be for food but for Him. If I start consuming healthier foods my body will begin to crave those healthier options. If I consume God's Word regularly than I will crave God and this is the goal. To crave God more than anything else.

At the end of Chapter One, Lysa gives us a scripture that she used when resisting cravings, "Everything is permissible'--but not everything is beneficial" (1 Corinthians 10:23). This is a wonderful scripture to keep in  mind. Nothing is off limits but it is up to me to decide if it will be beneficial to my body. After I read this scripture I looked up the cross reference, 1 Corinthians 6:12  "Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything."  This scripture hit me HARD. I do not want to be mastered any longer by food. I will not be mastered by food any longer. 

Then I read the first part of verse 13 "Food for the stomach and the stomach for food—but God will destroy them both." This is powerful for me. God is going to destroy both food and stomach so why do I want to be controlled by something that is going to be destroyed by God? I also have to ponder, if I cling to my stomach and cravings for food, do I run the risk of being destroyed right along with them? Maybe not in the spiritual sense since I know I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, however this makes me wonder just what part of me will be destroyed if I continue to cling to the sinking ship of food.

Bottom line I will crave what I consume and I want to crave God.

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