Thursday, January 23, 2014

The things we do : permissible, yes. Beneficial? Hmmm...

I'm so thrilled to be a part of another great Proverbs 31 Ministries online Bible study. This session, we're studying the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. This book is awesome, folks! It's all about how, as humans, we mistakenly look to fill our natural cravings with food/sex/alcohol/shopping/drugs/etc in a desperate attempt to fill the void that is created when we take our focus off our heavenly Creator. As a somewhat-retired, certified health coach, this subject is resonating with me big time.

Part of each study is the opportunity to participate in a weekly blog hop. If you're not familiar with "blog hop"ping (and I wasn't until my first P31 study), the basic idea is that a group of bloggers write on the same topic and then all post together. It's fun!

This week, we're exploring the concept behind 1 Corinthians 10:23...

"I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.

I love this verse because it cuts right to the heart of the difference between what the mainstream world says about health and weight loss and what God intends for His children.

Large, secular weight-loss programs tell you: 

"You can eat whatever you want, no matter how bad it is, as long as you count calories/points/nutrition info and structure your entire day around those calories."

This verse is telling us: 

"You can live in a calorie-counting world of madness. Or you can choose to turn your back on this process that does nothing but distract you from your true purpose in Christ." 

Companies selling the latest version of a new "diet food" tell us: 

"You can eat this whole bag of diet cookies! No sugar added! All natural! (just don't read the back of the package where we list all our toxic ingredients that are really really really really bad for you!!)"

This verse is telling us: 

"Yes, you can eat the whole bag. But it's not going to do anything constructive for your body. You're looking for nourishment, but the only place you'll find it is in your Heavenly Father." 

Television informercials tell us: 

"Buy this set of DVDs for three low payments of $99 and workout six days a week for only six minutes and see your six pack abs in six weeks or less - guaranteed!" 

This verse is telling us: 

"Yes, exercise is beneficial. But, pursuing empty promises is not constructive. Find your health in making choices that honor God. Don't pursue the quick fix." 

There are more than 40,000 women around the world participating in this awesome study. 

Think about that number for a minute.

40 THOUSAND

40 thousand stories. 

40 thousand health histories.

40 thousand relationships with cravings. 

My prayer for each and every one of those 40 thousand+ women (including myself) is that we collectively remember the promise of this verse that Paul penned to the church in Corinth so many years ago. 

We can do anything we want. Christ died and took legalism to the cross with him. But, in that death, He also brought us freedom. 

To choose Him. 

To pursue Him. 

To crave more of Him - the only thing that is all three - permissible, beneficial and constructive. 

Love and hugs to all from Holland! 



22 comments:

  1. this is beautiful Christa! :) I am so glad I found your blog. I love how you did the differences with the verses and what the world is telling us! <3 God speed XOX

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    1. Thanks for your kind note Amy! Hugs!!!

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  2. Christa, this was so good. I love how you pointed out 40,000 people represent 40,000 struggles. How you replaced the words in the verses with how it applies to us was so good. Thank you for sharing today! Love, Sue (OBS Leader)

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    1. Thank you for your note, Sue!! Hugs from the Netherlands!!

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  3. Beautiful Christa! You are awesome and I love you! The way you compared the verses with each was amazing and to the point, Thank you!♥

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  4. This is really wonderful Christa! I truly want to crave God & only God more than anything else in the world. The world has nothing to offer me compared to Him! Thanks for sharing! I think it is really cool you are from Holland!

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    1. Thanks Tonya! I completely agree - the world truly doesn't have anything that compares to His love for us! We're actually not from Holland - we're Americans. We've been here since 2011 for my husband's job. It's been an amazing blessing of an experience - and so thankful for it!

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  5. Christa, I love the way you've broken down what the various forms of secular advice tells us in comparison to what Scripture tells us! Looking at that...what more do we need other than God's Word...it really does instruct and guide us in EVERY area of life...if we just let it! So thankful that God has #empowered us for this journey :)
    Sarah T!

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    1. Me too Sarah! And glad we're journey-ing together :) Love from the NL!

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  6. Helloooo Christa,

    Amazed with your comparison between secular promotion/advice and biblical truth, it really bring the awareness to me. Let's carve more with Him, more in Him & more of Him., To seek/follow/love/obey/know Him more and more.... :)

    I am in another group of MTC.,but every day i keep an eye of your blog, i am really eager to read, as you are transparent in sharing and just wonderful, i enjoy it very much.... All Glory to Him, Amen !

    Cheerioooo & Hugs,
    Joyce

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you're in another MTC group Joyce - and I'm so happy for your friendship :) Love and hugs from Ee!

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  7. Hi Christa,

    Thanks for pointing it out with the 40 000 people. It is so amazing.
    See you in 2 weeks again,

    Christiane

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    1. See you soon Christiane! Hugs from Ee :)

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  8. Hello!! Thanks for posting, Christa! I am really enjoying the online M2C study so far. Like you said - 40,000 people means over 40,000 struggles. Here's to keeping each other inspired and encouraged along the way!! Here's my experience so far: http://cravingsconfidential.blogspot.com. God bless!

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    1. Thanks for your note Miriam - and for sharing the link to your own blog as well! I love your blog name - and I really look forward to getting to know you online. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Hey Christa, stopping in from the MTC Bible Study. I am adding you to my list to keep following. Good luck :) We can do this!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Mississippi Mrs! :) You are so right - we CAN do this :)

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  10. Loved your comparisons between culture and the Truth of the Word!

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  11. Awesome post Christa! I love what you stated..."Find your health in making choices that honor God. Don't pursue the quick fix."
    Good one! God bless!

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