Scripture: Romans 14: 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Application: Once more through another Scripture passage we are told what the Kingdom of God is not all about. It is not about eating and drinking in which we devoted so much time and pursuit to. And now that we are dieting, this is so much more true. Hey, God has to do what He has to do to grab our attention and keep it!
We cannot become obsessed about how we will face the diet day being so restricted in our caloric needs, but instead our every day focus should be on righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit, I call Him the forgotten one of the Trinity. How many of you are in Him every day? How many think of Him, as Scripture tells us, as the Helper and the Comforter? He was given for us that we might have power to be the children of God. We need to develop a relationship with Him which results in righteousness before God, and peace and joy in our lives.
Food and drink, with all its time consuming demands would not be then such an unsavory master over us. Perhaps before our dieting efforts began in earnest, we needed to do a little soul searching to see why we prefer the false comfort of food over the One who gives us true comfort.
A good adage to quote here is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We need to analyze why we would forfeit righteousness, joy and peace for the temporary satisfaction that food gives. God is greater than our undisciplined appetites. I seek this well being which the Holy Spirit gives instead.
Prayer: Thank You Father for the Comforter. May I allow Him free reign in my heart and life so that I may truly know You and Your Kingdom instead of the temporary pleasures of the earth which will some day perish. I commit this day to learning ever new things about the third Person of the Trinity, and may He be pleased to dwell within me and flow out to others through me. Amen
Today's action and commitment: I know that cults deny that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. I know I hear so few words, sermons and prayers addressed to Him. I know that I must feel comfortable with Him and not fear Him or deny Him. "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" he asked them. "No," they replied, "we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." (Acts 19:2) What will you pray or praise or speak today to the Holy Spirit about, or what will you do/have done to let others know of His Presence? Don't drive Him away from you through neglect.