I have finally found the courage to admit I’ve craved food more than You. I have wept over giving up food while hardly giving a thought to You giving Your life for my freedom. I’ve been bound up by feelings of helplessness. I’ve been angry that I have to deal with this weight issue and have been mad at You for allowing this to be one of my lots in life. I’ve made excuses. I’ve pointed fingers. I’ve relied on food for things it could never give me. I’ve lied to myself about the realities of why I gain weight. I’ve settled and excused and made pithy comments justifying my issues. I’ve been enthralled by buttered bread while yawning through Your daily bread.
For all that, I am so sorry. These are not just little issues. These, for me, are sins – missing the mark of Your best for my life. With my whole heart, mind, and soul, I repent. I stand on this step and stare at the reality of my depravity and turn. I turn from the dieting mind-set. I turn from what I must give up and weep no more. I remove my toe keeping open the door to my old habits and patterns, my old mind-set, my old go-to scripts.
I choose freedom. I choose victory. I choose courage. And yes, above all else, I choose You.
—— Lysa TerKeurst, “Made to Crave“
This week I was focusing on feeding myself the right kind of foods in the right kind of portions and getting in some more exercise. I thought that I was doing such a great job of working my program and staying within my plan.
I was finding myself in the middle of temptation following the three steps to get myself out of the heat of the moment: 1. Stop, 2. Pray, 3. Surrender.
I thought that I was doing everything right – - – I was trying my best. I was feeling positive and good about my efforts.
Then I had a moment of realization: I was focusing on my earthly food more than my heavenly food.
I spent more time this last week planning meals and feeding my physical body more than my spiritual one.
I spent more time on my exercise bike than in focused prayer to flex my spiritual muscles in spiritual warfare.
As a result, by today, my spirit felt neglected
and I longed to get my priorities aligned according to God’s way
of focusing to please Him
rather than my way
of pleasing myself.
Matthew 6: 31-33 (AMP) reminds me of what should be my focus in life no matter what:
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
Wow! Did you see that? Look again in verse 32: The heathen wish for, crave, and diligently seek these things (eating, drinking, clothes/provision) – - – but what are we reminded to wish for, crave, and diligently seek in verse 33? His Kingdom and His Righteousness.
I want to please God in this area of becoming F.I.T. by faith. I want to wish for, crave, and diligently seek His kingdom and righteousness more than anything else in my life.
I will need to pick up my Bible and seek to feed on His Word more this week. I want to spend more time in intentional prayer to exercise my spiritual muscles…. I want to meditate on the Promises that God is my All in All – and will meet all of my needs – savoring each word as if it was a fine morsel of chocolate.
I feel the need to scrutinize what I am feeling myself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this week
just as much as far more than I focus on my daily bread and calorie restrictions.
Each moment in the Word
each word spoken in prayer
each beat of each song of praise
can be a time of precious communion spent at His Banqueting Table of Love.
Will you join me this week? Praise You, Father, that you provide all we need, even in the area of pleasing you with our lives and decisions.
Lord, have Your way in me.
(The book excerpt above was taken from the book, Made to Crave: satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food, by Lysa Terkeurst. I plan to read this book this week – - – if you are interested in getting it for yourself, we have a link in the sidebar on the right. Share your thoughts with me below – - – I welcome your comments!)
To God be the GLORY!
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