Thursday, January 23, 2014

Permissible But Not Beneficial

I have been struggling with my weight all of my life. I don't tend to,well,for long on a diet. The restrictions make me feel deprived,  and the first time I "mess up" I want to wait until Monday to try to start over, and indulge all I can until then. BUT meditating on scripture and on The Lord has helped so much. Scripture says,

1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT
"You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial."

Galatians 5:16, 17 NIV
"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want."

It helps me so much more to look at my eating choices through the lens of scripture. I CAN eat anything I want, but not everything will benefit me. God only wants the best for me, so eating junk food and sweets all the time will only harm me. He loves me and wants me to be healthy! Our church has been doing a corporate fast to begin the new year, so I have been doing without sweets and caffeine and only drinking water for almost three weeks now. Every time I crave those things I am focusing on God and realizing that I need Him to meet all of my needs. My Mother-in-Law just passed away and we spent many days round the clock at the hospital. We got maybe three hours of sleep a night. Being tired and sad I wanted sweets and caffeine in the worst way. But who I really needed was The Lord. Those temporary comforts would have, in the end, made me feel even worse. I'm so glad I have The Lord! I feel so loved knowing He only wants the best for me!

I am participating in the Proverbs 31 ministries Bible study called, "made to Crave." If you would,like to join us, go to the link below!

P31 OBS Blog Hop


ChristiS said...

Wow, good for you for doing the corporate fast! I, too, struggle with my weight and am really trying to get a handle on it, with God's help! Aren't you so thankful for this study for helping us do so?!

DebbieP said...

Yes I am grateful,for,this study. It's so much easier when you are not alone!

Sarah Travis (OBS Small Group Leader) said...

I love how you put it...looking at our eating choices through the lens of Scripture! How much better would all the choices in our lives be if we just lifted them up to look at them through that lens!
Praying that you can continue to pave the way to victory and be #empowered!
Sarah Travis (OBS Volunteer)

DebbieP said...

That's what I love about this study, it's about our food choices but it's focused on God. That's the key to everything is to be focused on Fod alone!