I’ve been reading Made to Crave. Have you heard of it? It’s a devotional that was recommended to me by a friend through my YouVersion Bible app. (YouVersion is a great, free bible app. Just download it, create a profile, search ‘food’ and start the Made to Crave reading plan. This plan is adapted from the book written by Lysa TerKeurst wrote.) It’s a 21-day reading challenge and it is really great.
This devotional has given me my Ah-ha Moment #3 … (you can read about moments 1&2 here).
I don’t like to deny myself. I like comfort. I like control. And I like to eat food that tastes really, really good … and has sugar in it!
23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Quote from the Made to Crave devotional: “Jesus was saying that it’s hard for people who are satisfied with the things of this world to deny themselves.”
26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
From Made to Crave: “If you study this verse in the original context, it actually means, “With man, it is impossible to deny yourself. With man, it is impossible to make sacrifices. With man, it is impossible to have self-control. But with God, all sacrificial things are possible. With god, all self-control is possible.”
My interpretation: Without God, I CANNOT have self-control with food. It’s just not going to happen. And it’s not up to me mustering up self-control … it’s up to God. It’s His self-control in me. By the power of the Holy Spirit it’s the same self-control that Jesus has. I get this from Galatians 5
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
We are free in Christ. Free to make decisions and choices.
“16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”
I cannot be walking in the flesh and the spirit at the same time. The two do not coexist.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Self-control is a direct result of the Holy Spirit working in me. Without God I cannot have self-control. I’m never going to be able to muster enough of it up. It is truly a supernatural gift that will come out of me when I’m walking in the Spirit and He is at work in me.
Y’all God is soooo involved in my thoughts about food, decisions about food, love of food, enjoyment of food, cravings for food, my ability to go without food, my choosing to indulge in it and my ability to have self-control around it. God is involved in every area of it.
So I need to willingly involve Him in every area of it.
For me, that happens through prayer, journaling, talking to my friends appropriately about it, learning about it through scripture, coming to Him with victories over food, and coming to Him with my failures surrounding a lack of self-control. He’s already there. He already sees it. It does me well to be in conversation with Him about it … all the time.