Life and Conduct: Taking responsibility for our lives, our selves and our circumstances.
Proverbs 23: 1-3 (NASB)
On Life and Conduct
1 When you sit down to dine [with a ruler], Consider carefully what is before you, 2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite. 3 Do not desire [his] delicacies, For it is deceptive food.
Welcome to Few Words Thursday, it’s been a while! I have no good reason for not being here; the best reason is apathy. Apathy, just another subject of life and conduct and responsibility. But I digress; apathy is for another day!
Today I want to discuss the struggle with obesity. Obesity is a national epidemic here in the USA, as we know. However, we’ve spent a lifetime ignoring it as a weakness or a disability. Some people are simply genetically predestined to be overweight, right? Well, maybe, but in the end the victory over obesity is won by sheer perseverance.
Biblically it is said that we are healed: Jeremiah 30:17 says, “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”
Many believe that the illness of obesity is caused by a wounding of the spirit. That words spoken abusively, intended or not, wounded the spirit of the overweight soul; or that physical abuse caused the spirit to be wounded. However obesity, whether genetic or emotional is killing many; it’s killing me. So what to do?
I have recently turned these issues in my life to the Word of God … and they are there. The starting scripture tells me to be aware of the food in front of me; that the “delicacies” are a lie.
They are! Think about it, many of us eat out of emotional turmoil: loneliness, feelings of worthlessness … that candy bar or that bowl (pan) of mac and cheese … I deserve those! One more won’t do any harm, right? And I’ll feel better [emotionally] afterward!
It’s an emotional addiction … an emotional crutch! And it’s killing many (me).
So what to do?
Me, I’m doing all I know to do when it come to the heart event. The lack of salt in my diet rendered a ravenous sweet tooth in me that I fight with ever fiber of my being. I think I’m doing well … I really do try … persevere. So in this apathy ( that has kept me house bound, with writer’s block and a feeling of worthlessness) I allowed myself to make some poor choices.
NOW, I’m done with that ! I want to go from this:
Proverbs 15:29-30 (NIV) says:
“29The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.”
So in short … I must be self-controlled in my diet; conducting both my dietary and emotional life with diligence. I do this with the Word of God. I have found that direction for every area of ones life, for every area of concern or trial, the bible holds the foundational truth and the remedy to life and these areas and more.
So its full steam ahead. I will be discerning about what is on my plate, I will resist the lie of the delicacies for happiness and I will find joy and healing in the Word of God … applying such daily and in every circumstance.
Do you have an area of your life that you need to conduct differently or take responsibility for? Are you ready for the profound changes that God will make in your life if you allow Him access to these areas?
If so I would encourage you to do the easiest thing I know how to do … Google it, like I did. Simply write what I did (but according to your need) : What does the bible say about obesity? was my question to google … you will be amazed at the resources you find.
My advise from there is to check each resource, diligently, by the bible. Remember God promises us these things, but there is a part we must take responsibility for to receive the promises. Like the second scripture says; God hears the prayers of the righteous! But one must be righteous in the eyes of God for Him to hear your prayer … doing all you know to do in accordance with God’s Word insures that righteousness!
Do not be anxious about anything, Loves, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. As it says in Philippians 4:6
Blessings Loves, and thank you for joining me in FWTH! 🙂