Monday, February 10, 2014

Made to Crave Study, Chapter 10: This Isn't Fair!

Probably everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has echoed the title of this chapter. It's hard to know why some of us have such trouble with weight and others seem to eat all the things that would make us look like balloons, yet not gain an ounce. But Lysa points out that those people have their struggles, too, in other areas.

She also reminds us that God is using our struggles to sanctify us and to increase our dependance on Himself. "The Bible teaches that 'this testing of [our] faith develops perseverance [which] must finish its work so that [we] may be mature and complete, not lacking anything' (James 1:3-4)."

Some highlights from this chapter:

"Temptation doesn't take kindly to being starved."

"I had to grab hold of God's strength and the only way to do that was to invite His power into this situation."

"Weakness is hard, but weakness doesn't have to mean defeat. It is my opportunity to experience God's power firsthand."

"Having a pity party is a clue that she is relying on her own strength rather than God's."

"This feels good now, but how will I feel about it in the morning?"

"Compromise built upon compromise equals failure. Resisting temptation allowed promise upon promise to be built up in my heart, and that creates empowerment."

The verses discussed were the passage in James mentioned above and these from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

Participating in the  the Made to Crave Bible Study hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

1 comment:

Senkyoushi said...

"Compromise built upon compromise equals failure. Resisting temptation allowed promise upon promise to be built up in my heart, and that creates empowerment." Loved this! It's so true. I'm seeing small victories as I make it my goal to move away from compromise.