Desires of the Heart - Fullness and Satisfaction
Today we are studying Day 2 of 60 of The Lord’s Table online course at Setting Captives Free.
Today’s lesson gets into the “why” of sinful eating practices. Haven’t you started a diet/weight loss program, reached your goal, thought you had conquered the battle, only to end up gaining all or more of the weight back in a matter of months? Then the feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment rule your life once again.
This cycle happens and will keep happening until you answer the “why” question. Why are you abusing your body with food? What is the root of the problem? The weeds of overeating must be pulled up by the roots—so that it never returns!
Ecclesiastes 6:7 states, “All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.”
In this verse, the word “appetite” refers to your soul. This passage is telling us that working only for what we consume will never satisfy our soul.
Think about it—why would a loving God allow your soul to be satisfied with food when He is the One who satisfies the soul? Therefore, He will let you eat, but not be satisfied and emptiness will remain in your heart (Micah 6:14).
Physical Hunger verses Soul Hunger
Have you ever thought you were trying to satisfy your heart with food? Without thinking about it, you may say no. When you overeat, are you eating because you are still hungry? Or are you eating because you are trying to numb unwanted feelings or trying to escape from your reality?
Physical hunger is evident in how God created our bodies. When the body needs nourishment, hunger pangs and growling of the stomach indicate that it is time to eat. Only food can satisfy physical hunger.
Soul hunger has nothing to do with food. Food cannot satisfy soul hunger, no matter how often you try. The author says, “One of the main reasons we desire to overeat is because, internally, we feel empty; we lack heart-satisfaction and we are attempting to nourish our souls by feeding our bodies.”
When it is put that way—it sounds ludicrous to keep eating food in order to satisfy what’s going on in your heart!So where should you turn in order to satisfy your soul? What kind of “food” does the soul require to be satisfied?
53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever." John 6:53-58
The above passage tells us the kind of “food” to feed our soul. The very first challenge for the overeater is what Jesus says in verse 53. He says, “I tell you the truth.” The first thing you must do to stop overeating is to believe Jesus.
Please believe what Jesus is saying. He is telling us that His flesh is real food and His blood is real drink, spiritually speaking. Your soul needs to feed on the flesh and blood of Jesus. Feeding on Him brings eternal life to your soul—which gives you the power to live daily in obedience to Him by saying no to excess food. As our desire for Jesus increases—our desire to overeat food decreases.
How to feed your soul with Jesus:
1. You must put your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life.Romans 10: 8-10
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”2. You must repent of your sins.
¨for putting food in the place of God (idolatry)
1 Corinthians 10:14
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”
¨for abusing your body with more food than it needs
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
¨for wasting your finances on extra food, diet programs, weight loss surgeries, etc.Isaiah 55:2-3
"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 your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me that our soul may live.”3. You must cultivate your relationship with Jesus.
¨Daily spending time in His Word getting to know who He is
“ Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you”
“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”
4. Use your growing relationship with Jesus to help you turn from food in times of temptation
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.