Saturday, January 12, 2013
1. "I was made for more." How will this truth help me with my struggles?
Most of the time when I think about losing weight, it's because I want to have a flatter stomach and fit into my clothes and not look like I'm six months pregnant. But that's not the whole story, and I know it. If I'm going to stop allowing food to have a hold on me, I have to know that I was made for more. I was made to worship God, not food, which is what I'm doing when I eat something sweet, then have to have something salty, then sweet again, then salty...It's been a crazy cycle lately. But I was made for more than that. I was made to exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit, which means I have self-control.
2. When I introduce myself to someone, how do I define myself?
Frankly, usually I say, "Hi, my name is Claire. What's your name?" Perhaps because I don't have a "career" by the world's standards, I don't usually define myself as anything but who I am. Claire. Child of God. Loved. Content.
3. If I were to describe my identity by my circumstances, what might I say?
I started to write some negative things, but God has brought me past that and I don't want to dredge it up right now. I'll go right to the next question, which is positive.
Claire, the forgiven child of God.
("They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24)
Claire, the set free child of God.
("Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spiritís law of life in Christ Jesus has set you[ free from the law of sin and of death." Romans 8:1-2)
Claire, the accepted child of God.
("To Godís church at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lordóboth their Lord and ours." 1 Corinthians 1:2)
Claire, the holy child of God.
("But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became God-given wisdom for usóour righteousness, sanctification, and redemption," 1 Corinthians 1:30)
Claire, the made-new child of God.
("Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come." 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Claire, the loved child of God.
("For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love" Ephesians 1:4)
Claire, the close child of God.
("But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:13)
Claire, the confident child of God.
("In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." Ephesians 3:12)
Claire, the victorious child of God.
("No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37)
5. Okay. Well, the next question is kind of long, so I think I'll save that for tomorrow. But I'll close with one thought, the first part of Ephesians 1:17: "I keep asking..." I was really struck by Lysa's statement: "God, I recognize I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food. I need to eat to live, not live to eat. So, I keep asking for Your wisdom to know what to eat and Your indwelling power to walk away from things that are not beneficial to me."