I'm getting so much from this "Made To Crave" study. This morning God made me realize that (and these are the exact words that popped into my head), "Satan is the craftsman of counterfeit". Think of all the things we desire, that we crave, and how we fulfill those cravings. Mind boggling!
I'm sure I could list a dozen different foods right now that I haven't eaten in awhile that I think I just have to have. (Everyone has a list of something, not necessarily foods, it might be shoes, or romance, etc.)
And counterfeit just means we often settle for the imitation, less rewarding thing. No one counterfeits $1 bills, they counterfeit the $20 dollar bills. And no one counterfeits glass "gems", they counterfeit diamonds. So why do we counterfeit love with easy sex or self worth with a new pair of shoes, or even a brownie!? When we are feeling a need for fulfillment, why do we let Satan, rather than God's Word, fill our minds and thoughts?
I'm, doing the index card exercise from the book. Write the old lie that Satan keeps telling you, like "I really need a brownie right now", and then the new truth, "That brownie makes me feel good for a couple of minutes while I'm eating it and maybe an hour afterwards when the chocolate hits my brain, but it's harmful effects to my body are lasting and the real pain will return, along with the guilt of the easy fix. Besides, there is a whole pan of brownies and I know I won't stop with just one." On the reverse side I'm writing out the Scripture that addresses the real need I have, for instance, "But from everlasting to everlasting, the Lord's love is with those who fear him." Psalm 103:17
Love, the real assurance, not brownies, the counterfeit.
I think this "homework assignment" is really going to help me.