Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cut It Out!

I believe that most folks have a sin or a group of sins that they struggle with.  When I am tired and stressed, my natural bent is to overeat.  I have struggled with keeping excess weight off for almost twenty years.  When I am stressed, if offered a million dollars, alcohol, tobacco, legalized medical marijuana, or Reese’s Cups; I’m going to hammer the Reese’s Cups every single time!  For me, it is almost impossible to resist the chocolatey covered peanut butter cups.  Unfortunately, I turn to food during periods of high stress.  My choosing to over eat is wrong for two reasons.  First, I am out of control.  I have no discipline what-so-ever.  You better not leave out a bag of Nacho-Cheese Doritos.  Second, I am using food to soothe my mental pain instead of relying on God’s provision.

Because overeating is a sinful habit, I feel good for a while, but am later overwhelmed with guilt.  My heart hurts when I realize that my favorite clothes are too tight.  Hung neatly in my closet are a couple of suits that are a size too small.  I would love to wear them, but right now it is not going to happen.  The struggle is real. 
A couple of weeks ago, I once again decided to do something about my eating problem.  I asked Emily to help me measure my eating portions, and we are working out at the local fitness center.  The first few days of the workout, I thought I was going to die, but some friends encouraged me to keep going and by the fifth day, my soreness and stiffness had receded. 
The truth is, Satan knows your bents or weaknesses, and he is waiting to entice you at the perfect time and place.  That is the way he rolls.  In Matthew 5:29 Jesus says, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.”  Jesus is teaching that you should take drastic measures to strategically cut sin from your life.  My drastic measure is to wake up at 4:30 in the morning and work through a crossfit routine.  Additionally, I am writing this post so that tons of folks can hold me accountable.  I do not want to turn to a coping mechanism such as food to soothe my heart.  My desire is to rely on God to provide for my every need.  Please pray with me as I seek to honor God with life change, and I would also plead with you to cut sin out of your life.  I love ya’ll.

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