Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 93)
You will eat but never have enough. Your hunger pangs and emptiness will remain. And though you try to save your money, it will come to nothing in the end.
Micah 6:14 (NLT)
When I break your staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread in rationed amounts, so that you will eat and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:26 (NASB)
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)
As a lot of people already know, I once weighed 360 pounds: not for a moment, but for many years. I was a plump child, fat kid and huge teen in an era when girls my size were rare. For me, sweet sixteen wasn't sweet at all... or maybe it was, if you count desserts. Food ruled my life for almost four decades.
But here's the thing about eaters like me: the satisfaction we strongly desire continues to escape through our stomachs; the empty feeling we strongly dislike continues its reign a few hours later--no matter how super-sized our portions. Christians shouldn't be surprised by this news, because God explains it in the Bible.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I could write a book about eating (and I did),* so I'll fast forward to now. But consider a few simple thoughts:**
1) You're called to be examples of Christ. If you choose to eat unhealthy foods, you're leading your fans to do likewise.***
2) You're called be to soldiers for the Lord: strengthened in mind, body and Spirit. Too much food hinders your readiness.***
3) You're called to be stars in media. Surely, appearance is stressed too much, but good looks still help you get noticed.***
4) You're called to deny lusts of the flesh, which is more than just fornication. Lusts are anything you love too much.***
5) Any form of disobedience (not just overindulgence with food) can cause emptiness no food can fill.***
As too-full stomachs try to tell us: overextension is unhealthy.
To Be Continued...
* I wrote the quick-read book called The Holiday Diet before I was a believer. Nevertheless, God knew what I would become, and He inspired it. It's simple, because I'm simple. I didn't want to count calories, weigh my food, follow a fad, be told what to eat, start something I couldn't maintain, or deprive myself of what I enjoyed. Even so, God honored this eating plan for me (I lost 220 pounds) and many others. If you'd like a copy, check out this link: (All proceeds support AMTC's ministry: https://www.shine.us/merch/holiday-diet-book-1)
** Part 1 of a previous 31-part AMTC Devotion series on some of the physical and spiritual aspects of getting fit: http://amtcdevotions.org/eating-right-part-1-my-story
*** 1) Every aspect of your life will be studied by people who look up to you. 'It is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble' (Romans 14:20, NIV).
*** 2) Jesus fasted for 40 days during His wilderness battle with Satan. 'Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights' (Matthew 4:1-2. NIV).
*** 3) The Apostle Paul respected cultural rules and adapted to the group he was trying to win. 'To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some... Run in such a way as to get the prize' (1 Corinthians 9:22-24, NIV).
*** 4) Many Christians denounce fornication while they indulge other physical lusts, like gluttony, envy, intoxication or a love of money and accumulation of possessions. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=gal+5%3A19-21&version=NASB
*** 5) 'The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the stomach of the wicked is in need' (Proverbs 13:25).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.