““Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all food sclean.)”
Week four is for you and God to focus on every-day, specific, sometimes unaddressed areas of your heart. There are struggles you tucked away and have no interest in bringing into the light, or maybe you can easily excuse your actions because someone didn’t look you in the eye and call it out.
Today, and every day this week, I am looking you in the eye and calling some areas into the light. I will call it out specifically so that you and God can talk about it, argue about it, even cry over it. If you are willing, He will talk to you about these parts that you try to hide from. Will you go there with Him? Will you open your heart, let down your walls, and let Him speak encouragement over areas you may be devastated by, especially the ones no one knows about?
Let me be clear: there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, BUT! He does want intimacy with us, and anything we haven’t released to Him in prayer stands in the way of that. This is why He cares about your relationship with food (whether it controls you, or you control it.)
Food & drink, in and of itself, is awesome! A juicy steak, a sweet dessert, salty potato chips, and a cup of hot coffee are from the Lord (amen?) He gave us taste buds and a need to fuel our bodies to survive. God LOVES food. He even uses food and drink to represent Himself in communion. Do you love it like He does, as a fuel and a gift? Or is it your master? Do you let each meal be your comfort, counting the consequences later in guilt and shame? Can you take that to the Father?
1.) Remind yourself of God’s voice to you, first and foremost. His character is gentle correction is NEVER laced with condemnation, suppression, or tattle-telling. Pray out loud the characteristics of God’s voice that are important for you to remember, in worship to Him and a reminder for yourself. “God, you are ________.”
2.) Food & drink. Get that journal and pour out on the page every thought you have about it. How does it make you feel when you eat, when you don’t eat? How do you control it or let it control you? What do you use food and drink to accomplish?
3.) God wants to redeem your relationship with food. There are tangible steps to take to allow Him to do this. Ask Him what He needs to do in you, not what you STRIVE to do, but what He wants to work in and through you. It’s not about “being better”; it’s about letting God redeem you.