Monday, July 16th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 16: Clean Out Your Pantry)
Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV)
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:14 (NKJV)
If you want to eat right, begin at home. If you are instructed to 'Be imitators of God as dear children' (Ephesians 5:1), then your homes should imitate His home. Your foods should be His food. To eat like the world invites bondage, illness, and death.
So clean house. Make it safe for you and your family. Begin in your pantry. 'If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you' (Matthew 18:9). The process of plucking out an eye (something that causes you to lust) can be painful, but Jesus says it is necessary.
Consider these basic rules for pantry cleaning:
1) 'Little children, keep yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21). An idol is anything you love more than God. It can even be food. What are the tempters you can't resist--the ones that make you sin? Ice cream? Sugar? Chips? Get them out of your house.
'Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's' (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
2) 'You shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place' (Deuteronomy 12:3). The gods of food production have created dreadful concoctions and engraved their brands upon them and us--through ceaseless advertising.
So stop believing the hype. Read the ingredients on man-made products. If you see things you don't understand, remove that so-called food from your house.
3) 'You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons' (1 Corinthians 10:21). Soft drinks bring hard trouble. Whether sweetened with loads of sugar or loads of chemicals, they are slow poison. If 99 sheep drink from a polluted well, be the one who doesn't.
Summary: Get rid of foods with unknown ingredients. Jump past the junk. Shun sweet drinks. Avoid temptations you cannot refuse.
Instead, fill your pantry with wholesome foods that come from God's garden.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.