Thursday, August 15, 2013

Radical Obedience - Going Gluten-Free

I've been participating in the Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible study this month, based on the book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa Terkeurst. The study has been really great and this week, we've been exploring the idea of "radical obedience" - the kind of obedience that leads to following God with all our hearts, minds and souls (Deut. 6:5).

I've been convicted this week, friends.

Ever since my lupus diagnosis a month and a half ago, I've been reading a ton of information about how important a role food plays in autoimmunity. Eating the right (or wrong) foods can totally impact how I feel and can alleviate (or aggravate) my symptoms. I've been desperately praying for relief, yet I'm still eating things I know I shouldn't.

As I was reading through my study this week, I realized that foods, especially bread and sugar, have been preventing me from fully experiencing everything God has for me. He wants to give me a life of health and happiness. He has a good plan for my future (Jer. 29:11).

Scriptures just kept popping up, in the study book, on Facebook, and even Twitter about how our physical wants can prevent us from practicing radical obedience.

"But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."
1 Corinthians 9:22 

"For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world."
1 John 2:16

"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do."
Galatians 5:16-17

Today, I gave my sugar and gluten addictions over to the Lord.

I'm trusting in His promise in Isaiah 41:13...


"For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you."


And I modified Lysa's prayer from chapter 3...

"God, I know You are more powerful than this pull I am feeling to eat this piece of bread or sugary snack. I know these things I think I want so much right now will only provide temporary pleasure. I know the consequences of eating these snacks will only rob my joy, my peace and my health, in the immediate future and long-term. Through Your power I am making the choice to walk away. I will find my delight in You and look forward to feeling Your fullness and satisfaction replace the emptiness this desire is creating."

Amen.

14 comments:

  1. Christa, I am touched by your words and honesty. I too struggle with food. I have realized that my lack of biblical knowledge and my fear of not knowing where to start reading and if I will misunderstand are blocks that I have created. I purchased Lysa's book Crave and started reading it, but then was called to participate in this bible study. I realized that instead of going to God with my issues, I go to food. It is not healthy, instead it perpetuates the cycle of destruction. When I read your words and hear you describe the sugar and bread, I remember walking down the isle of the store and seeing all of these gluten free pastries and sweets sitting on the shelf. This is so much more than a gluten free life it is about obedience. I hold your hand in this struggle and will pray for you and the others who need to reach for God and not for food. He is all we need and you are so right when you said that our choices to eat (without control) deny us the joy God has set out for us! Thanks for being my encouragement today!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments Denise and thank you for stopping by! I think P31 is going to do "Crave" as their study in January. I noticed that on the website today and I'm already looking forward to it. I think it's something many daughters of Christ struggle with, yet don't often turn to God for help!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story. I pray that you will experience Godly relief from the symptoms of Lupus after your surrender of sugar and gluten. I am excited to see what the remainder of the OBS has in store for us.

    Be blessed

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    1. Thank you so much amandacl! I really appreciate your prayers and I'm looking forward to the rest of this study as well! Hugs from Holland.

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  3. Thanks for sharing how you need God to be in control of everything, and He is more powerful than the pull to put not so great things in our mouth. I too need to trust God for the times I turn to junk food when stressed and not to Him. Radical obedience to God means what we eat too. I needed to be reminded of that too.Blessings as you continue in this study to discover all He wants from you when you say #Yes God #Say What. Thanks for the reminder to turn over everything to God, holding nothing back.
    Marilyn V OBS (Group Leader)

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    1. Thank you Marilyn for your sweet note and for sharing that I'm not alone in this struggle! He is so much bigger and better for us than any food could ever be. I'll be praying for you!!!

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  4. Christa - This week I have also been spending a lot of time reading and meditating on Isaiah 41:13. I knew God was leading me toward something. I just wasn't sure where we were going yet.Your post on the blog hop was the moment God chose to lean down and whisper into my heart "Read This!" So glad I obeyed. I feel blessed and inspired by your words!

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    1. Thank you Beckey for your sweet words and for sharing with me! What a friend we have in Jesus and what wonderful promises are contained in God's word!

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  5. Thank you for sharing. I'll be praying for you as you continue on this journey. I, too, struggle with what I eat and my weight. Thank you for the verses you shared.

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    1. Thank you Beverly, for your comment and for sharing that we are together on this journey! I'll be praying for you and I appreciate your prayers in this direction as well. Hugs from Holland!

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  6. I can relate so much to your words here. I am a "stress" eater nd I always go toward those breads and sugary foods.While I don't have Lupus I do find that "garbage in- garbage out" is so true. I find my aches, pains and inflamation are out of control when I don't pay attention to what I put in my body.

    Sending a prayer for you as you lean into Him to get you through!

    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Julie, so much for your prayers and for your comment! You're so right about "garbage in-garbage out" - my prayer for all of us is that we can treat our bodies as temples for the Lord as we're called to in 1 Corinthians 6:19!

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  7. Thank you for your honesty, I too struggle with what I eat! It is a hindrance and I know Satan uses my food weakness to make me feel defeated at times. But praise God, we are all a work in progress! I want to be a qualified witness for the Lord, so thank you for the reminder in 1 Cor. 9:22. May God bless your Radical Obedience as you choose to honor God in your eating!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Brandi - and I'm sorry it too me so long to notice it! I'm not a very good blogger, as you can tell :) May God bless you as well as you continue on your healthy eating journey!

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