26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Notes to myself:
FDA or GHW? For ME, this is where I struggle. When I am feasting, NOT grazing, on God's Holy Word, this food battle is put into perspective. I've been sparking since Christmas of 2008. Phase 1 DONE! WHat happened to Phase 2...this past year? Was it Grandma's Death, Nathan's Suicide, Daddy's Stroke...? Interesting how all three events involve food. Food to sustain the griever's heart...Food to sustain the believer's spirit.
So, here I am again to ask this question... "Am I really living for the supreme purpose of bringing pleasure and glory and honor to God?" In my devotion time this morning, I found an acrostic that spoke to me.
Listed are 12 questions to consider in order to determine whether my eating is sinful or not. To help remember these points is the acrostic “D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E-D Eating.” www.reviveourhearts.com/
As you consider the following, some of the answers will be obvious. Others will take some time and careful thought. Stop now and prayerfully ask God to help you as you think about how to make your eating habits more pleasing to Him.
1.Doubt: Do I doubt (for whatever reason) that I can eat this food without sinning?
2.Idolatry: Does eating this particular food demonstrate a heart either of independence—“I can do whatever I want”—or a heart longing for pleasure—“I know that I don’t need this for my sustenance, but I love the feeling of the sweet coldness”?
3.Stumble: If I eat this, will it cause a weaker Christian to stumble?
4.Coveting: Am I eating this just because I saw someone else with it, and I’m coveting it?
5.Inroad: If I eat this, will it create an inroad for sin?
6.Praise: Can I eat this food with thanks and gratitude? Is my heart overflowing with songs of praise to God?
7.Life: Would eating this food harm my health in any way?
8.Illustrate: Am I modeling good eating habits for others and encouraging them to be self-disciplined, or do I encourage others to self-indulge?
9.No: Am I able to say no to this even if I know that I can eat it without sin?
10.Emotions: Does the desire to eat this flow out of a heart of anger, fear, frustration, or depression?
11.Distract: Will preparing or eating this food distract me from something better that God has for me to do?
12.Enslaved: Does it bring me under any kind of bondage?
All of this, of course, can be summed up by one question: In my eating and drinking, am I glorifying God? (1 Corinthians 10:31).
© Harvest House Publishers. Used with permission. Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Available for purchase at www.Store.ReviveOurHearts.com
THank you for creating me. I want to be pleasing to YOU in all that I do. Help me, please, to be a good steward of this body and mind as I give YOU all the glory. Amen