Monday, April 30th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 1: My Story)
Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Philippians 3:21 (NKJV)
If you've read AMTC's daily devotions for a while or know my history, it's not news that I suffered from an eating disorder for most of my first 37 years. I was the fat kid of a supermodel mom. No, she's not to blame. She had excellent eating habits and never belittled me. Growing into 290 pounds, my 'sweet 16th year' wasn't too sweet (except for ice cream and fudge).
By age 37, I weighed 360. Losing 220 pounds from 1991-1994 was the second largest transformation of my life. I didn't use surgery, pills, or any commercial diet. But I did have a sentence that ran through my mind during this unlikely transformation: 'It's not your destiny to be fat.' Although I was not yet a committed Christian, God was surely behind it.
God has a lot to say about eating right, and I believe it's no coincidence that the first of Jesus' three big temptations concerned food--man's most common stumbling block. Background: after His baptism and before His public ministry, Jesus went into the desert for 40 days of prayer. He fasted and fought the enemy. At His weakest physical point, He was hit hard. But Satan's S.O.P. is part of our lesson.
We know Jesus resisted and won, thereby teaching us the most effective weapon against the enemy: scripture. 'But He answered and said, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God' ' (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God will be used liberally in this devotion series, as it is our greatest ally in this freedom fight.
As for me?
'The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound' (Isaiah 61:1)--specifically by food.
'This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life' (1 Timothy 1:15-16)--including eating right.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.