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Nov 27

TEMPLE: Fighting Battles

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I nearly skipped posting this week. But God reminded me that I write to share my struggles in order to encourage others as He has encouraged me.

So here’s me sharing my struggle.

My whole life, I’ve known that if I ate breakfast, then I wanted bread before lunch. By noontime I needed a cookie. By 3 pm I had to have candy and by dinnertime I was so hungry I didn’t care what I ate. As long as it was a lot.

Over the years I have tried every diet to control cravings. The ones most successful have been to give up all carbohydrates—even many of the complex ones containing sugar: carrots, apples, bananas, whole grains.

But those left me with a chunk of meat and plain lettuce. They also left me unsatisfied, which meant I’d revert to the bad stuff. And too much of it.

Scripture tells us that the battle belongs to God. Not just the battle against evil.  Carbohydrate craving is a clear physical battle for me. I have tried to fight on my own. I finally feel ready to give Him that battle.

I recognize though that Jesus expects me to participate in the battle. So I will put on His armor and prepare.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17).

The belt of truth speaks the truth: obedience to the life God desires me to live includes fueling this body with the foods He provides, unpolluted or distorted by mankind. I am picturing this belt as a measuring tape.

The breastplate of righteousness protects my internal organs. My future is secure knowing I will eat from the tree of life in heaven. I shouldn’t speed up my entrance to heaven however by what I eat here.  What I put into this temple protects my health in this life.

The boots of peace ready my feet to go into the world to share the Jesus. And since I’m wearing such supportive footwear, I might as well go for a nice, long walk, as I run the endurance race of faith Paul tells us about.

The shield of faith reminds me that my faith is strong. It also reminds me of Jesus’ power at work in me through the Holy Spirit, right here inside this temple, ready to encourage me, help me resist temptation, nudge and nag me, and help me tell the difference between a craving and an actual need for fuel.

The helmet of salvation protects my right thinking and reminds me of what James said:

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them (James 4:17).

The helmet also reminds me to keep my mind open to learning about health and applying it to my life. It reminds me to focus my thinking—not on “I’ll never eat another milk dud in my life”—but on, “wow, this apple is delicious!”

The sword which is the word of God. Scripture teaches and reminds us of God’s truth, such as these.

  • Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? (Isaiah 55:2, NLT).

  • He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:2:5).

  • Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).

  • You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you (1 Chronicles 20:17).

  • I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26).

I am not embarking on another diet. I am embarking on the next part of my journey of faith—stepping out in confidence that the Holy Spirit is in me, encouraging me and teaching me to make the most of the one and only life I have on this side of eternity.

As 2017 ends, Jesus has nudged me to review my year of focusing on the word temple. He has shown me the importance of taking care of our own temples and the physical temples of other people in our lives.

One overall lesson is that stewardship over this earthly body is also part of my journey of faith. This aspect of what I eat is one more way He seeks me to surrender to His will.

Fortunately, He has taught me that in all things, His will is good and perfect. Why in heavens would I want my “only-sometimes good will” when His will is perfect—always?

I look forward with excited expectation at what you have planned, Jesus. Thank you for loving me so much that you made me teachable and care enough to work on turning me into the woman you desire me to become. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU: Do you have a battle you need to give to the Lord to fight?

2 comments

  1. Pam

    It was hard to read this because this is an area where I have been struggling. In the morning, I tell myself I am going to be strong and focused, and at bedtime, I feel humiliated and defeated. I haven’t been able to rein myself in on my own at this time in my life. “Lord, I pray for a balanced relationship with food where I eat to fuel my body and not my emotions, and I pray that my relationship with food supports a healthy body. I need Your help to change me. How do I surrender my will to You and be free of being out of control when it comes to eating? With Your help can I get to a place where healthy eating is as natural as breathing? I pray that the answer is yes.”

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      I will be sure to pray for you as I pray for myself. I have felt a deep nudging that this is the next major area God is leading me to surrender to Him. This is HIS body; not mine and I’m not doing “for the Lord” very well with how I’m feeding His body. Praying and trusting as we surrender, Pam! Love you.

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