Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Eating Right (Part 4: Prisoners)
For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
Romans 7:19 (NKJV)
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Romans 7:24 (NKJV)
Most Americans feel trapped in bodies that hinder their freedom and their joy. Since over 60% of us are overweight, we buy into diets and more diets. But we can't maintain them. 'I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out' (Romans 7:18). We are prisoners.
We are prisoners of our own desires. But it's not just psychological. It's physical; our metabolism has been altered. Our body's control system, programmed by the Master Bioengineer, has been degraded--kind of like putting a drop of sludge in a perfect engine day by day, for months and years.
But it's not just physical either. It's spiritual. We're surrounded by cunning warfare designed to take us down and out: a skillfully contaminated food supply dressed up in clever wrappers.
'Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food' (Proverbs 23:3).
'These are wells without water' (2 Peter 2:17).
God's children must know the enemy, Satan. They must not be 'Ignorant of his devices' (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Here's the thing: when Jesus began His ministry, His first order of duty was 'To set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18). 'For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death' (Romans 8:2).
Our King, disguised as a Carpenter, outwitted Satan--and then defeated him. He 'Gave Himself as a ransom for all' (1 Timothy 2:6). Therefore, we must remember our worth and honor His death; 'You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men' (1 Corinthians 7:23).
Claim the freedom that Christ died to give you. Eat right.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.