I read this article “My Unholy Love Affair With Food” by Kimberly Wagner and it made me focus on my relationship with food. Food has been an issue for me for most of my life – it’s been my idol. I either ate until I was in pain or starved myself in order to lose weight. In the past, it has been my comforter and one of my worst enemies. I’ve let it control me instead of me controlling it. One of my favorite Bible verses tells me (and you) that I (we) have self-control. “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
And according to Galatians 5:22-23, one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Through God’s grace, I am learning how to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live in a way that is self-controlled, honorable and devoted to God (Titus 2:11-12) I realize now, there is only one way to win this battle and that is with God! I must be totally dependent on Him.
As I think about honor and devotion, I really get it now, that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is our true and proper worship – Romans 12:1.
Am I living this way, taking care of my body, a temple of the Holy Spirit? Am I offering my body as a living sacrifice? I feel I’m grieving the Holy Spirit by being gluttonous and eating toxic food that is wreaking havoc on my mind and body which is His temple. As Romans 12:2 says, I am not to live like the world but be transformed by the renewal of my mind. So, I will know the will of God – those things that are good, acceptable and perfect.
With God’s love and strength, I am making progress in these areas. I am taking it one day at a time or sometimes hour by hour. At the end of the day, I want to hear my Master (God) say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21)