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What do I hunger for? ("Made to Crave" Reflection Questions Chapter 6-continued)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How is it that I keep forgetting what to do when it comes to food? As I've blogged, before-- I know the good I should do, and yet I don't do it. Hmm...sounds familiar...

"So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." Romans 7:21-8:2

Praise God for Jesus Christ! Otherwise we would be stuck in a sinful cycle. But we can be free of that! Yay!

On to the questions:
3. Have you ever had the experience of the Holy Spirit nudging you in connection with your food choices? If so, what was that like? If not, how do you hope the Holy Spirit might help you now?

I suspect I have had the experience of the Holy Spirit nudging me in regards to my food choices. Most of the time, I'm ashamed to admit, either I'm not listening, or worse, I ignore the nudging. But I have paid attention at times, and thanks be to our merciful God, He doesn't give up on me. If I pay attention and show God I love Him by obeying Him, I can sense those nudges and follow the Spirit's lead, not the flesh's.

I believe, also, that God can use SparkPeople as a tool for us. I have found lately in my overeating, that it happens most often on days I haven't tracked my food. I think "I'm hungry. I'll have something to eat," or "I want something sweet right now," so I eat something. Then I eat something else. Then I go on the "I-ate-something-sweet-now-I-n
eed-something-salty" cycle. All the while I am "forgetting" to track what I eat so I don't "really" know what I'm doing. And in the back of my mind, I know I'm doing wrong, but I do it anyway. (See Romans 7:21-8:2 again!)

4. As Christians, our calling - and our source of spiritual nourishment - is to do God's will and finish His work. (John 4:34) To what degree have consuming thoughts about food impacted your ability to pursue your calling and receive spiritual nourishment?

Whoa. I looked up John 4:34 and saw this: "'My food,' said Jesus, 'is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.'" But then Jesus talks about the harvest, and it made me think...if my food is really to do the will of God and finish His work, and I'm not doing that, but rather allowing my thoughts to be consumed with food that we eat, then is it any wonder I'm not seeing a harvest? I'm not seeing growth in myself and I won't be seeing growth in others, either.

Wow. Oh, Lord, change me!
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    LOVED Made to Crave, too! Can't find my copy right now (I read it two years ago) and it's driving me nuts. I think I'm going to buy another one-it's THAT good!!
    Great blog!!
    1867 days ago
    I find myself tracking the food that I'm supposed to eat and overlooking the snacking that I mindlessly sneak in! Somehow I guess I expect that food to not count! How deceived I am!
    1886 days ago
    Sounds like St. Paul and St. John and Jesus are intimate friends of yours and mine! emoticon
    1887 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Oh, I know exactly what you are talking about!!
    Unfortunately, I got used to tuning out the Holy Spirit about my food as well as other sins. I am praying every morning now when I get up to rely on the Lord's strength for without Him, I can do nothing Jn 15:5. That is my reminder for the beginning of the day. emoticon , we just need not to forget to ask Him for his strength!
    1887 days ago
    Yep...we can't do this alone. I stop and ask God to convict me when food becomes a nagging irritation in my life. Satan loves to poke at our thoughts to crave food and even when I cave in and indulge the fullness I am seeking is not there. When I rebuke Satan's influence in my life and give God the glory then my satisfaction is complete. That is the victory I want!
    Have a blessed day....
    1887 days ago
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