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Lenten Diet Devotions- 38

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 38

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHARIKAYE 3/23/2013 12:52AM

    Great Blog! I don't know what I would do without the Holy Spirit. There is a reason Jesus sent Him after he ascended back into heaven. He knew we would need His presence with us always.

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ANHELIC 3/23/2013 12:22AM

    Thank you Editor for your lesson today. I call on the Holy Spirit often when I am in need of something. He is always here for me and I feel He is my friend and comforter. I give him complete authority over me and ask for His guidance every day. God Bless you for you lessons and teaching us God's message.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/22/2013 8:22PM

    I willingly put aside my hunger for bread for the comforting presence of God's Holy Spirit. emoticon

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HAGIN2010 3/22/2013 8:00PM

    Hi Editor

Thanks for bringing this up. I submitted a report for school that I was very nervous about today. Then I found out I made a typo and it will probably cause me to lose 10 points by just not using the proper title when I saved the document. I turned to a fellow SP person for comfort. I really should have turned to the Holy Ghost first. Thanks for pointing that out friend :-)

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MELLIESUE13 3/22/2013 7:54PM

    When I was a little girl, my mother put so much emphasis on feeding our family. The holidays were always about the love and comfort of family and good food. I in turn, did the same to my children. I want to get to the point where food is just fuel... nothing more.
I have really been impressed lately how HUNGRY we are for the Holy Spirit. I think we are all hurting right now, as a nation, and as a race. What is it we hunger for? My answer is, I think we are hungry for the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sharing this with us .. beautiful blog!

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CHRISLE 3/22/2013 12:54PM

    Yes, the Holy Ghost guides us in ALL things! You will notice here that I am from the "old school". I prefer calling the Spirit of God the Holy Ghost as I read the KJV of the scriptures that is how it is written. I will also say that I am a one God, apostolic, Jesus name believer (UPC). You know where I am coming from and what I believe.
Today's blog is a beautiful application in that the Holy Ghost is our Comforter,teacher and guide. If we let the Love, Joy and Peace reign in our hearts and put Christ first how content we would be in Him. We would not worry about food, exercise and the scale. All things in HIM and through HIM work in harmony. He knows our struggles daily. He cares for our small needs as well as our bigger needs. What an awesome God!
I like Avanell, went through some of my life not knowing that there be any such thing as the Holy Ghost. The night I found out how real the the Holy Ghost is, it changed my life forever! So true, we must be born of the water and of the spirit! For it is that spirit that will raise us at his coming!

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AVANELL 3/22/2013 11:44AM

    Holy Spirit is my best friend. There were a lot of years in church when I didn't hear any teaching about Him and then when He was taught it was just about His convicting power for salvation. Nothing was said about His friendship, His power to sustain and give us the victory over sin, nothing about the baptism of the Holy Spirit that gives me a prayer language to communicate spirit to Spirit with God or that through His power He enables me to witness and do the same things that Jesus did. I had to learn all that through my own study of the Word and experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit. I wouldn't go back for anything in the world. He makes my life so much fun!

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CEEMAY 3/22/2013 10:55AM

    Today I will focus on feeding my spirit rather than my body. All things work together for good when we recognize and embrace the power of the trinity.


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LOSTLIME 3/22/2013 10:26AM

    thankyou for sharing.

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JOANIE69 3/22/2013 9:17AM

    Today's lesson reminded me of this Scripture as well: "John (The Baptizer) answered their questions by saying, "I baptize you with water; but Someone is coming soon Who is greater than I am--so much greater that I'm not even worthy to be His slave and untie the straps of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit, Who is our Comforter and leads us onward in the things of the Father, Son and Himself; the Person of the Holy Spirit. And I just recalled this verse (John 4:24) as well, dear Editor- friend (who brought this to our attention): "God is a Spirit, and they who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth." emoticon
I like to liken the Trinity to an egg...with shell and yolk and white. All 3 parts make up an egg.

Blessings, Joanie

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WENDYW596 3/22/2013 8:24AM


How timely for me to read this day's Blog!!

Yesterday in my Ladies Bible Study, our study focused on the Person of the Holy Spirit!! Isn't that just the wonderful way he works and His perfect timing!

Really, our eating should focus on Healthy, and get into our heads, that it isn't a diet, it is a new way of eating..... And the Holy Spirit, because He is our Helper can give us the desire and strength to follow through, and bring Glory to God in it.........

Thanks again!

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SANDRALEET 3/22/2013 8:17AM

    The Holy Spirit Saved me first Then I read the bible then went to church That is whot drives me to learn more Thank you for this lesson.To grow God teaches trough the Holy spirit.

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JSTETSER 3/22/2013 6:14AM

    Love is the focus of the Kindgom of God. Living and giving with joy!

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JSALERNO 3/22/2013 6:09AM


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MARYJOANNA 3/22/2013 5:51AM

  I like the Message Bible's rendering of this verse. It says God's kingdom isn't a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness' sake. It's what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you'll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.

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MISSM66 3/22/2013 5:51AM

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DGFOWLER 3/22/2013 5:42AM

    "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

This scripture is also a good reminder that we are to eat and drink to glorify God. It's hard to have that mindset, but once it's there it just keeps getting easier and easier. You will have days of despair, but that's when you need to turn to God in prayer and let the holy spirit fill you instead of food. emoticon Donna

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STALEYK 3/22/2013 5:28AM


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