Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Enemies To Success: Flesh
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank.
Daniel 1:8 (NKJV)
The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
Genesis 3:13 (NAS)
The Bible is clear regarding our bodies and eating. As most people know, I used to weigh 360 pounds. God saw me differently, and eventually, my view came in line with His. My habits followed, and then my body.
Actors and models will be tempted to eat and drink as others do in Satan's temporary kingdom, this world. It started with Eve and a piece of fruit.
Let's face a worldly truth: you are less marketable in the entertainment industry if you are not fit. Let's face a godly truth: you are less of a role model if you are not fit. Let's face a food truth: Satan has poisoned most of our food supply and dressed it up nicely. He has blinded the eyes of those who alter it, market it, buy it, and eat it.
The 'king's delicacies' we choose to eat do not refer to King Jesus, but the temporary king of this world--Satan, the serpent, the deceiver.
Follow Daniel's lead when he and his friends entered the kingdom of Babylon. They chose simpler foods, largely vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Subsequently, 'They looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food' (v.15). Daniel and his friends were found to be 'Ten times better' (v.20), and they rose in prominence.
The majority of stars in Hollywood are cunning about fitness. As God's stars, you must be cunning but clean. You won't use pills, pop diets, or surgery to achieve a facade of health for all the wrong reasons. You will eat wisely to achieve true health for all the right reasons: to honor God, to rise in the kingdom of entertainment, and to set an example for those who follow you.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.