Monday, October 24, 2011

HOW TO STOP OVEREATING DAY 1

Day 1 

Proper Motivation: The Glory of God

Today we are studying Day 1 (out of 60) of The Lord’s Table online course at Setting Captives Free.

In this lesson, the author starts us off with the proper foundation. Do you know the secret to the Christian life? The secret is motivation. If you are a Christian, what is the proper motive to stop overeating? What is your motive for wanting to be done with your overeating habit? Is it to lose weight, to look attractive, for better health, to impress others, etc.?

We have all used these motives and still have failed to stop overeating. Why? Because it has been all about us and not about God. First Corinthians 10:31 tells us, Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” That’s right! The only genuine motive to stop overeating is to glorify God in what we eat and drink!

Our Heart Issues

Pride

Pride is self-worship. Most of us dieters want to lose weight for our own glory. We have goals, right? We want to fit into the smallest size possible to impress others. We want to be the envy of everyone at the reunion. We may feel worthless and have put value on nothing but losing weight. If your motive for losing weight is self-glorification, then your heart is full of pride. God says in James 4:6,  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Control

Have you tried every diet under the sun? Do you know how many calories are in a small apple compared to a large apple? Do you know how much longer you have to workout to burn off the donut you ate at work? Do you obsess over how many carbs are in a stick of gum?

Mike Cleveland says, “If we set out on this course to control our weight for our own glory, we cannot expect God's assistance. Since God is the greatest good, He sets out to work all things for His own glory, and if we seek to control our weight for our own glory, we are at cross-purposes with God. He will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 48:11).”
We must understand that God’s glory is for our good. Self-glorification leads to self-destruction. How far would a loving God go to stop us from self-destructing?  

In Judges 7, Gideon had an army of 22,000 men to go with him to battle against the Midianites and the Amalekites. God said to Gideon, "The people who are with us are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'"
God went as far as to REDUCED the size of Gideon’s army to only 300 men so that Israel would not take the credit for defeating a large army. God wanted Israel to know that only He has the power to bring victory.

God is the same now as He was then. He does not want His glory going to us, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or any other diet or diet guru. He wants us to give Him the glory when He enables us to stop overeating.
Doesn’t this knowledge give you hope? Letting our motivation to stop overeating be for God’s glory instead of our own glory is a sure thing! It is a sure thing because we are working in accordance with God and He will enable us to stop overeating.

Mike Cleveland says, “Proper motive in losing or controlling weight (the glory of God) will ensure our success, as God Himself comes to our aid so that He would be glorified.”

Let your heart say with the Psalmist in Psalm 115:1:

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.
So, how do we get our hearts to say that?
Let’s read Hebrews 1:1-4:
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
From this passage, we learn that Jesus Christ is "the brightness of His glory." It is through Jesus Christ that we can live and do all things for God’s glory. This is the key! In order to be free from habitual overeating, we need to be transformed from the inside out. That’s what focusing on Jesus does. He transforms our heart’s desires so that we do not indulge in food.
The Challenge

Here is the decisive moment: Ask Jesus to help you have the proper motive to stop overeating. Decide now is the time to live your life for His glory and not your own.

If you’re not there yet, don’t get discouraged. You know where your heart needs to be. Be patient in this process. As you faithfully pursue Him, He will faithfully transform you.




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