February 2, I started leading the second semester of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I am so blessed to have a wonderful group of ladies in my class! This book teaches us how to satisfy our deepest desires with God, not food. I wanted to share some of the email I sent them this morning in the hopes I can encourage you to seek God over the other unhealthy temptations of this world! If you are struggling with weight loss or food addiction, please take a look at this book.
This morning, this verse was on my Bible app:
Luke 12:29-31 NKJV
“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
I thought this was so fitting for our study; Lysa spoke about being empowered with our food choices, not deprived. Luke tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or to be anxious. God knows our needs; when we seek HIM and the rest will fall into place.
I found that so reassuring!
I pray you are all enjoying the reading this week. A couple of points that have stood out to me are:
Page 52 – Be Persistent
Paul doesn’t ask for wisdom one time. Paul asks over and over.
I once heard an un-biblical pastor say “Once you pray for something let it go and give it to God. Don’t keep asking over and over again.”
What a lie he told from the pulpit that day! God commands us to come to Him for everything.
Jessie showed us in Philippians 4:5-6 where it read “Be anxious for nothing , but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
Be made know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Just because we “give it to God” does not mean the struggle ends. He doesn’t want us to worry about it because worry takes our minds of His work in our lives. He does want us to lean on Him and come to Him when we are not strong.
That does not show lack of faith! It shows excellent faith because we continuously show God we trust Him with everything.
Pages 52-53 – Embrace a True Identity
I was made to be set free, holy, new, loved, and confident. Because of this , I can’t allow myself to partake in anything that negates my true identity.
At the beginning of the week, I sent you the verses of WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST. Please print this list and carry it with you and meditate on it. The world will tell you lies to break you and to make you feel less-than.
God made you in HIS image, so you are perfect. Please don’t misconstrue that with a free pass to be unhealthy. We are beautiful at any size, but we are also commanded to take care of these temples God has created!
This journey will set you on that path. You will learn how to use your relationship with Christ to make better choices for you to live a long and healthy life serving Him!
Food isn’t sinful. But when food is what Satan holds up in front of us and says, “You’ll never be free from this battle. You will always bounce from feeling deprived when you’re dieting to feeling guilty when your splurging. Victory isn’t possible. You aren’t capable of self-control with food,” we must see that its inappropriate consummation can be his lure to draw our heart into a place of defeat. For others it will be sex outside marriage, the inappropriate consumption of alcohol, illegal drugs, or some other physical means.
Wow! That hit me like a ton of bricks. Thank goodness we are free in Christ! Can you imagine what it is like for people who do not know the Lord to tackle these lusts of the flesh?
1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour.”