Entry: Awakened Week 16 Monday, October 29, 2007

Jas 2:15-16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

The context of this verse is certainly to alert us to charity and good works and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Yet, we cannot help but to note that food indeed is needful and that as dieters we must face either being in subjection to it, or being in control over it. Food became an addiction to us, and although it is not the most difficult of all addictions to overcome, unlike those in bondage to alcohol or drugs, it is not something we can put down, walk away from, and never have to face our temptation again if we so choose.  So we have a dilemma, and God is the only one that can show us the route of escape.

Therefore we need to study the Scriptures if we are sincere in seeking weight loss. And we need not meditate far when we recall Paul saying, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."  God does not require abstinence; He requires contentment. God does not require we become super human; He provides His strength. God does not hide the solution; He reveals the secret.  God does not demand all or nothing; He teaches us in either plenty or want.

Those are keys to the Kingdom of heaven. We have lived in plenty and overabundance with food. Now, as dieters, we might tip toe through want, but as we see the blessing of weight loss occur, we learn to be content. We learn obedience is far more satisfying than plenty. We learn to ask forgiveness when we took advantage of plenty and we learn to thank God for just enough fuel in our bodies to keep us efficient. Thank You, Lord for awakening us to the true riches of the Kingdom of heaven---contentment without remorse.



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