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."
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."