Let Them Eat Cake!

Gluttony seems to be the sin that people are rising up and noticing as of late.  I’m grateful for that, as it was widely overlooked in the Body of Christ stealing energy, confidence, and even life for Kingdom work.  I wonder, though, are we approaching it in a way that will bring real freedom? 

Recognition of sin is a good thing.  God gave the law so that we would realize our need for a Savior.  Has the awareness of overeating and idolatry of food helped us to recognize that we need a Savior or has it only caused us to think we need an exercise trainer, nutritionist, and a greater level of discipline?

Pointing out the flaw and then placing the burden of deliverance on the sinner is no different than what the Pharisees of Jesus’ day did.  They kept adding to the list of rules, as they interpreted God’s commands, creating an even greater burden on the people.  People who earnestly wanted to do the right thing were left in frustration, weariness, and defeat.  There were over 600 commands at the time, broken into both dos and don’ts.  Do you see the connection?

…Exercise at least 5 days per week.  Not just five days, though.  Make sure that it is at least at a moderate level.  Also, it must be greater than 30 minutes.  Really 60 minutes.  Make sure you eat the current established amount of daily vegetables for health.  Don’t eat potatoes or corn, though.  Well maybe potatoes aren’t that bad, but be sure to serve them with a heaping side of guilt because we’re not sure.  Limit meat.  Instead, eliminate it altogether.  What about soy, gluten, dairy, and – GASP – sugar?!?!?  My head is spinning just thinking about it all.

My concern is that we are taking an already defeated bunch of people and leading them into another arena of condemnation, guilt, and failure.  My prayer is that we foster a hope of freedom that doesn’t involve a redirection of the root cause.  Self rejection is not removed with weight and addiction to food can easily shift into an addiction to exercise or legalism with food. 

We must be alert.  Vanity and works of the flesh can easily sneak into the Body of Christ as many treat the problem with something other than Jesus.  We can even use biblical principles, but if approached by or from ourselves it is still sin and leads to bondage.  We have only one Savior and His name is Jesus.  His work is finished and it is perfect. 

“For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13 AMP

Instead of going to the Living Water for healing and deliverance, if you begin digging your own well for water you’ll find that your well has a leak.  It may be slow and unnoticeable at first.  It may even appear to be working, but in reality it will not hold water and it will run dry.  It is very disappointing when you don’t get the results that you want after working so hard.

Recently, I struggled with gaining some weight during a tough time in my life.  In the midst of trying (unsuccessfully) to pull out by “doing all the right things”, all the things I know and taught that cause weight loss, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You have confidence in the flesh and it profits you nothing.”  He then began breaking this mindset that I’ve had for years.  Even with the right intent of doing it for God, I was still falling on myself to do it instead of resting in the work of my Savior.  The problem was getting chopped down, but the root was never actually removed. 

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Sometimes we think we are free when we are really still caged.  I thought I was free and had most definitely reached a greater place of freedom but my Abba said, “There’s so much more, Daughter.”  I believe He is beckoning us all to “so much more”.  Free indeed is much more than we give it.

The key to walking out of the cage is love.  Not the love you have for yourself or lack thereof.  Not even the love you have for God, although that is a great motivation and starting point.  It’s all about the love He has for you that while you were still a sinner Christ died for you (Romans 5:8).  His love, shown by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, broke the power and penalty of sin over you. 
This is such a relief to me!  I rest in confidence knowing that I am not only freed from the power and penalty of gluttony, but if I try to grab the reigns and make myself not overeat (i.e. fix it myself with faith in myself, instead of my Savior Jesus) I am also free by grace from the penalty of that sin of works.
While an awareness of what is healthy is beneficial, it becomes less about the knowledge of good and evil (eat this/don’t eat that) and more about a walk in temperance and wisdom by the Spirit.  Little by little as you grab a hold of His grace, the root cause is demolished.  Gluttony, laziness, pride, and self works all begin to diminish in frequency.  Exercise becomes worship.  Eating and drinking – a celebration.
Instead of worrying about what you will eat and drink or even giving God the plan of action and asking Him to bless it, seek His face.  You can trust that He will lead you to what is healthy for your personal make up and give you what you need to follow through.  He is for your victory and deliverance.  It’s all about King Jesus!  Gratitude for His love springs forth and Living Water eliminates the need for a well.  Now that is something I can dig!
“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” Luke 29-31 NKJV
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1 ESV
“They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:3 NLT

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2 ESV

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:6-7 NIV

 

“such are “freed from sin”; not from the being of it; nor from the burden of it; nor from a continual war with it; nor from slips and falls into it; no, not even freed from it, in the most solemn services and acts of religion; but they are freed from the dominion of it, from servitude to it, and also from the guilt of it, and from obligation to punishment on account of it: they are, as it is in the Greek text, and as the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions read, “justified from sin”.”

For he that is dead—rather, “hath died.”

is freed- “hath been set free.”

from sin- literally, “justified,” “acquitted,” “got his discharge from sin.” As death dissolves all claims, so the whole claim of sin, not only to “reign unto death,” but to keep its victims in sinful bondage, has been discharged once for all, by the believer’s penal death in the death of Christ; so that he is no longer a “debtor to the flesh to live after the flesh” (Ro 8:12). 

 

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