Saturday, March 31, 2012
I'll be doing a challenge of my own...it's to read through the book, "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst, allowing God to challenge and change me on the inside. I will blog about my journey as I feel lead to share.
Intro- Finding Your WANT TO
The story of the Rich Young Ruler really struck me. Jesus isn't talking about money. He's talking about the heart--what we treasure more than Him. I used food to comfort me instead of Him. Especially chocolate. Chocolate is my trigger food. If I'm sad, I want it. If I'm celebrating, I want it. If I'm lonely, I want it. If I'm stressed, I want it. If I'm tired, I want it. If I ache, I want it.
Mark 8:34 "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
I need to stop using chocolate as my comfort. change that.... I WANT TO stop using chocolate as my comfort and I WANT TO use God as my comfort.
Chapter 1- What's Really Going on Here?
I John 2:15-16 "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, lust of the eyes, and the boasting of what he has or does--does not come from the Father, but the world." with Genesis 3:6 (Satan tempted Eve with food (craving) that was pleasing to the eye (lust of the eyes), and desirable for gaining wisdom (boasting of what have or do) and when Satan tempted Jesus in the desert as recorded in Matthew 4:1-11. The first temptation was to turn rocks into bread (cravings), the second was to prove His significance by forcing God to send angels to save Him (boasting), the third was to have all the kingdoms (lust-materialism). Eve fell, Jesus didn't. Because He didn't focus on the object, but on God's Word. Eve had EVERY need met in the Garden. Jesus had just spent 40 days being deprived of basic needs.
We crave what we consume, both physically and spiritually.
We crave what we focus on, both physically and spiritually.
I Corinthians 10:23 "Everything is permissible--but not everything is beneficial."
Edited to add: The Lord brought Psalm 42:1-2 to mind for me to meditate upon. "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my souls pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."