Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Eating Right (Part 9: Never 'Diet' Again)
We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.
Ephesians 4:14 (NKJV)
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
2 Peter 2:19 (NKJV)
The word 'diet' is derived from the Greek 'diaita,' which means 'mode of living.' Therefore, our diet is how we live. But in modern times, we have narrowed the meaning to become 'the foods we eat to live.'
In the late 20th century, chemically enhanced foods and artificially enhanced life (media) grew into giants. They dominated our taste and our time. Consequently, we grew too, but not in the right direction.
We grew fat as a culture, and the definition of 'diet' shrank again to a new meaning: a weight loss plan. Yet I believe we lost a letter in this last reduction. We lost the 't'. Now, diet means 'die'. Diets kill people: their joy, their health, and even their lives.
Legions of heavyweights try to replace bondage to food with bondage to diets; through the 'cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting' by those 'who promise them liberty,' diet gurus get rich marketing new cures for excess pounds.
Children of God: Never diet again, unless it's a change to a positive and permanent lifestyle. Overworked Americans seek a quick fix: a miracle diet, a perfect pill, or even drastic surgery. But you know better. Chains are broken by Jesus. Practically speaking, since you gained weight slowly, you should lose it slowly.
Therefore, focus on God: His image, His foods, His Word, and His path. God tells us bad habits and bad spirits must be replaced with good habits and the Holy Spirit. Because, emptiness begs to be filled. It's a question of who fills it, with what, and for how long.
'When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first' (Luke 11:24-26).
Diet translation: When you lose weight on an unnatural diet, you feel hungry and depleted. You want to return to your old life--believing since you are thinner, things will be better. Instead, you regain all the weight you lost and more, because you did not have the Holy Spirit as your Guide--nor did you have positive eating habits replacing the bad ones.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.