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It’s hard to believe that we have made it to week 6 of our study on Made to Crave. If you have missed any part of the study or you need a refresher, you can go here to read the previous week’s lessons.
This week’s reading and study was filled with so many truths and nuggets of goodness, it is really hard to summarize all the teachings. So I’m not. Instead I’m just going to highlight a couple of key scripture verses and quotes from the reading that I spent a lot of time chewing on this week. Then I’m going to point out the truths that I want to remember and stick with me.
If you had access to the video this week then you already know how powerful it was. I highly recommend getting a hold of the DVD to watch session 6 if you haven’t already. You can purchase a copy here, or perhaps your library or church has a set you can check out.
From this week’s reading, chapter 17, “The Very Next Choice We Make”, was especially powerful. When choosing what foods we need to avoid because they are our trigger foods, we need to realize that those choices are more than just physical decisions, they are spiritual ones as well.
God wants us to step back and let the emptying process have its way until we start desiring a holier approach to life. The gap between our frail discipline and God’s available strength is bridged with nothing but a simple choice on our part to pursue this holiness. ~ Lysa TerKeurst
Where are you standing? Are you standing on the strength of your own self discipline, which I assume is probably not very strong. Or are you making the choice to turn to God to help you make better choices and in the process find victory and peace? To be honest, I’m somewhere in the middle.
You might call it my stubborn-sin nature, but I still struggle giving over this area of food issues to God. I sit down each morning and make my healthy eating plan determining what foods I think I should eat and focus on. Yet when the cravings come throughout the day I don’t turn to God to help me make it through those time, instead I lean on my own will power to overcome those cravings, and I usually fail.
However on those few times when I have prayed to God, and I have filled my mind with truths and scripture, I have been able to overcome those poor choices and choose something that is beneficial to me. Last week, the challenge was to ask ourselves, “This is permissible, but is it beneficial?”
The next choice I make is a crucial one. Literally, it will determine if I am walking the path of victory or compromise. One wise choice can lead to two, can lead to three, can lead to a thousand, can lead to a sweet place of utter dependence on God and lasting discipline. ~ Lysa TerKeurst
I don’t know about you, but I desire to be in that sweet place of utter dependence on God and lasting discipline, even in areas other than food struggles.
- I can make a plan of what choices I will make, similar to my healthy eating plan.
- If I’m going out to eat, I can let my husband know what I need to avoid so he can help keep me accountable.
- I can plan to always have some healthy snack options with me to avoid making unnecessary stops at the drive-through.
- I can choose to say, “Nothing tastes as good as peace feels,” when I am standing in front of my pantry.
- I can choose to say, “This may be permissible, but is it beneficial to me?”
- My choice can be a simple prayer to God when I have an unhealthy food craving.
What will your choices be? In wrapping up this study, I think it is important to note that food is not the enemy, Satan is.
He will stop at nothing to get us to believe his lies and to feel defeated. He will try anything to get us to a point where we feel and believe that we are a failure, so there is no way that God can use us. I love how Lysa says that, “When we’re defeated and stuck in issues of the flesh, it’s really hard to fully and passionately follow hard after God. So, lest we start morning what will be lost, we must celebrate all that’s being gained through this process.”
It’s like that popular dieting commercial, “What will you gain when you lose?” Now I realize that the advertisers are focusing on losing weight in that catch phrase, but I also think it applies here as well. While our healthy food choices do lead to a healthier body and possible weight lose, we are also gaining the knowledge that our strength and hope comes from the Lord. He is fighting for us. He wants us to taste and experience lasting victory. He desires for us to know peace.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.
As we come to a close on this study, I want to remember the focus words empowerment, determination, peace, truth, beneficial and courageous. I know that I am moving the rocks one at a time in my journey to overcome food cravings and seek to crave God instead.
My weight loss goal is peace.
I love how in the end of the participant’s guide on page 148, Lysa concludes by writing out affirmation statements. Here are a few that particularly took root in my heart:
You are a Jesus Girl who has her toes on the path to victory… You are a Jesus girl who knows how to lean into God’s power rather than mere willpower. .. You are a Jesus girl who knows who she is- a lavishly loved child of God… And you are a Jesus girl who knows she was created to crave God, not food. ~ Lysa TerKeurst
For more resources I highly encourage going to the Made to Crave web page or visiting Lysa’s blog. Both are filled with wonderful resources and tools to use.
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