Author: Creflo Dollar
When people hear the word “lust,” they often automatically think of sexual sin. Lust, however, actually encompasses much more than sexual perversion. It includes any area of your life that is controlled by a desire that you can’t seem to quench. Eating is definitely an area where people allow their appetites to control them. This lack of control is especially evident in the United States. Obesity, high blood pressure and other serious health challenges are rampant among many men and women because they don’t have any control where their eating is concerned. Eating without restraint is just as bad as indulging in sexual sin. God looks at both as dangerous forms of abusing your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
When you don’t understand the purpose for something, abuse is inevitable. For example, if you were to attempt to use a car like you would a boat, your car would become ruined. That’s because the manufacturer didn’t create it to be used in water. In essence, you are abusing your car. The same is true for your body. While God created food for nourishment and eating to be a pleasurable experience, it was not meant to be abused. Overeating and refusing to use restraint in the type and quantity of foods you eat is gluttony, and it is sin (Proverbs 23:21).
First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Whether you are talking about sex or food, when you sin against your body in any way, you are abusing your temple.
Lacking restraint in eating is an easy area in which to become neglectful. People use food to deal with all kinds of issues, including depression and emotional despair. Besides emotional eating, some people simply overeat because they have made a habit of it. Their flesh is trained to eat more than they need to sustain them, rather than eating just what their bodies need for nourishment.
The key to overcoming gluttony is to renew your mind with the understanding that God desires for you to have complete mastery over your appetite for food. The Apostle Paul got hold of what was necessary to get the upper hand over his body when he said:
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).
You simply have to discipline yourself in this area. First, you’ll have to renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2) by looking at food differently. Rather than eating because you’re bored or depressed or as something you mindlessly do while watching TV, begin to look at your body as a machine that needs the proper fuel to function properly.
Think of eating like filling your car’s gas tank. Naturally, the best type of gas is “premium.” It keeps your vehicle running in optimum condition and is best for your engine. In addition, you may have seen the signs that say, “Don’t Top Off.” To fill your gas tank beyond the limit is asking for trouble. You should fill it up with the best fuel and then stop when the tank is full. This is the same way you should look at eating. Consume the highest quality of foods to maintain your health, and eat what you need to keep your body running, without overdoing it.
If you want to control your flesh rather than allowing it to control you, you will need to make a quality decision. You’ll have to set your mind on restraining your appetite for food. In addition, you’ll need to come up with an eating plan to establish personal guidelines and boundaries as well as incorporate moderate exercise into your lifestyle. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, you’ll start to view food differently, and you’ll begin to eat to live, rather than living to eat.
Proverbs 25:28 (The Amplified Bible) says, “He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” When you can’t control your will where your appetite is concerned, your body will eventually break down. Get control over your appetite by renewing your mind and exercising self-control and restraint. Though it may be hard at first, your body will thank you for it later!
There are great benefits for married couples who understand the power of unity. God will answer the prayers of a unified couple before they even pray! Unity and forgiveness are keys to a blessed marriage. In today’s article let’s look at restoration through forgiveness in marriage and relationships.
You have probably heard the saying "forgive and forget," but to someone who is upset after a challenging period in a friendship or marriage, this is often easier said than done. Unforgiveness and a refusal to let go of past hurts is like a ball and chain that will always hold you back from fulfilling your destiny.
Relationships experience challenges, but don't accept defeat by holding grudges and not releasing situations and people who have hurt you. The Word commands you to forgive others because it is a vital part of your spiritual walk.
Matthew 6:14,15 says, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
God wants you to have every opportunity to receive His blessings, and when you need it, His forgiveness. Don't block God's ability to do great things in your life because you find it hard to forgive someone else.
In the process of releasing past offenses, it is important to go beyond your feelings. Forgiveness is not a feeling. Forgiveness AND love is a choice! If you depend on feelings you will NEVER forgive. Don't let anything keep you from forgiving and forgetting. If you are a Christian, purposing to have a forgiving heart is a quality decision that you must make. Eventually, it should become second nature because it shows your respect and love for God and others.
Remember that you can always turn to God for help where your hurt feelings are concerned. Just as you would pray to Him for stability in your finances or peace in your home, pray to Him about the hurt that you feel. God is capable of not only healing your spirit of hurt and frustration, but He can also restore your relationships. He wants to see you make the effort to respond according to His Word—in love.
God bless you all!
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Author: Creflo Dollar
Have you ever made a decision to change, and genuinely meant it from your heart? However, the more you attempted to make necessary adjustments in your life, your surroundings, friends and memories of the past kept dragging you back to your old ways? Or, you may have taken on a "lone ranger" mentality where you tried to do everything in your own ability, without depending on God or a support system of strong Believers. These are not uncommon occurrences in the lives of people who initially embark on the journey of change. In order to successfully endure the process of change, you'll have to simultaneously disconnect from hindering relationships, behaviors and mindsets, and embrace the help of the Holy Spirit and others who can benefit your life.
First, I can't emphasize enough, the importance of disassociating from things that stop your growth, once you decide to change. You may feel comfortable with your old ties and relationships with certain people, but you must honestly evaluate them to determine if they are bridges to your next level, or burdens in your life.
Everyone has a friend who is fun to be around, but doesn't contribute to your spiritual growth as a Christian. I'm not saying to be mean to your old associates. The Word instructs us to walk in love toward others (Matthew 22:39); but you should not remain in close fellowship with people who aren't going in the same spiritual direction. First Corinthians 15:33 says, "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." You will never reach your destiny if you hang on to people who are not beneficial to your advancement.
When God spoke to Abraham to leave his country and what was familiar to him, he disobeyed God's full directive and decided to bring Lot with him. As a result, Abraham experienced a period when God did not deal with him directly. He and Lot ended up separating because there was strife between them. Lot was family, but he was hindering God's purposes in Abraham's life.
Like Abraham, change may even involve choosing God over family members and loved ones (Matthew 10:34—38). Yes, there will be people in your life you must break ties with, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you sever unfruitful relationships and trust Him to show you exactly what to do and say. Be encouraged and submit to the will of God for your life by agreeing with what He has to say about your relationships while in the process of change.
As you disconnect from your past, be sure to rely on the Spirit of God. He is a helper and is standing by to assist you. As you let go of old relationships, ask Him for new ones that will help you grow. Divine connections from God are essential to your success; He never intended for you to be an island all by yourself. The right people in your life can be positive bridges to help you reach your destiny.
Even in your daily life, you will need the power of God to help you sustain lasting change. The enemy will try to get you to accept his words and suggestions, all in an attempt to get you to revert back to your old mindset and life. When times of testing and temptation come, resist the devil by using the Word against him. Declare that you are a new creation and your mind is being renewed (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:1—2). When you begin confessing God's Word, you activate the power of God to come in and give you the help you need during challenging moments.
No one ever said change was easy. However, change is necessary and achievable when you do your part. Set your mind on the goal of achieving everything God has imagined for you and press forward.