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Old lies...new truths!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

So, in this journey I have been learning that it can be just as much of a head game as it is a physical one. I need to be putting practical physical things into effect (like eating the right portions from a variety of food groups and exercising more) as well as learning how to address the things that have been going on in my head and in my heart to get me to this point.

I'm part of a small group that is working through the study "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst. It's a book that basically is about how we were made to crave God, but we try to fill that craving with other things. In this case, food. So she walks you through some things that need to be done in order to address those issues that cause you to turn to food in different situations rather than God.

One of those things is actually our homework assignment for this week. We are supposed to identify some lies that we have been believing in our hearts and reciting in our heads but have come to accept as truth. The thing is, they can be quite subtle and difficult to pinpoint. God's revealed to me at least two lies right now.

Lie #1: That amount of food on my plate will not fill me up. I'm going to need to have more than that. *piles more food on plate*

Lie #2: I'm too weak to be successful at changing my lifestyle. It'll never work.

But it's not enough to identify those lies (although that can be quite freeing in and of itself), I also need to address those lies with the truth. I need to have that truth spoken into my heart (and yes, sometimes that means saying the following things out loud).

Lie #1: That amount of food on my plate will not fill me up. I'm going to need to have more than that. *piles more food on plate*
Truth #1: God has supplied all of my needs and will continue to supply those needs. If I truly am hungry after eating the smaller portion, I can always come back for seconds.

Lie #2: I'm too weak to be successful at changing my lifestyle. It'll never work.
Truth #2: I may be weak, but God is strong. He has and will continue to give me everything I need to succeed. All I need to do is ask and obey.

To take it one step further, though, and drive it down deeeeeeeeep into my heart, I needed to have scriptures to back up those truths. The more I focus on those verses and the truths that parallel them, the further out of my mind and heart those old lies will be driven.

So, here's what I came up with for verses:

Lie #1: That amount of food on my plate will not fill me up. I'm going to need to have more than that. *piles more food on plate*
Truth #1: God has supplied all of my needs and will continue to supply those needs. If I truly am hungry after eating the smaller portion, I can always come back for seconds.
Verses:
My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt (or in my case, captivity to food).
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
~ Psalm 81:10

Lie #2: I'm too weak to be successful at changing my lifestyle. It'll never work.
Truth #2: I may be weak, but God is strong. He has and will continue to give me everything I need to succeed. All I need to do is ask and obey.
Verses:
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! ~ Matthew 7:7-11

I would challenge you to take a look at your life, at what lies are being whispered to your heart and then combat those lies with truth. Particularly the truth of God's Word. Because once you start to address those lies and go to the root of them, fighting them off with truth, there ain't nothing gonna hold you back.
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  • ALLBW2U
    Great blog, Erin. I really enjoyed it.

    Some of my favorite Scriptures that the Lord continues to remind me of.....

    Psalms 42:11, NLT Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again - my Savior and my God!

    Romans 5:3, NLT…..We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

    1 Peter 5:7, NLT Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

    Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

    Hope you have a wonderful week. Best wishes always....Bill
    3056 days ago
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