Saturday, February 15, 2014

Made to Crave Study, Chapter 11: Stinkin', Rotten, Horrible, No Good Day

Continuing with the Made to Crave Bible Study hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

I've been keeping up with reading the chapters, but am behind on jotting my notes on the last couple. We had a snow storm, which made my mother-in-law's aide not able to come in, so I had more of her hands-on care for a couple of days, then yesterday I spent a good part of the day on Valentine preparations.

But to catch up, this chapter, as the title suggests, deals with the temptation we face to throw in the towel on watching our diets (or whatever it is we're struggling with) when things go wrong. Sometimes that's because we want or feel we deserve some comfort food (it's not for nothing it's called that), or it might be that our brains are just too distracted by everything else that is going on to think about right food choices.

Lysa discusses this, and what helped her was admitting her need and sitting silently before the Lord, trusting the Holy Spirit to intercede for her (Romans 8:26: "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.") 

Then she began to recognize the lies in the rationalizations of her thoughts ("I need these Oreos. They will fill me up with a chocolate high and taste so good.) and to replace them with truth ("The Oreos will only taste good for a few minutes and will bring added weight plus guilt. Am I eating for nourishment or for emotional reasons? "If I truly need a snack right now, I'm capable of choosing a healthier option.") And then she applies a truth from God's Word: in this case, Ephesians 3:17-19: "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God," reminding herself that when she feels empty spiritually, she need to "fill up" on God's love and not food.

"Food was never meant to fulfill the deepest places of our hearts reserved for God alone."

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