Day 21: A lifetime of fullness

Thought for the Day: Eating wisely can become more than just a diet. It can become our lifestyle! But better yet, we position our hearts to enjoy closeness and fulfillment with God for eternity!

I want to thank you for joining me the last twenty-one days. Our journey to healthy eating started by realizing how Eve, the first woman, gave in to temptation with food. We also read in the Bible how the Israelites, God’s people, struggled with food, which led to them wandering in the desert for forty years. Additionally, we read rich truths in the Psalms and New Testament which gave us a healthier perspective of food and of fullness in Christ.

So, we shouldn’t be surprised when the Bible ends with another pivotal verse about food. For me, this verse might be the one that elicits the greatest excitement in my heart. Revelation 2:7 says:

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Aren’t you encouraged to see that overcoming is possible? We can be more than just women who hide our struggles or deal with them just enough to survive. This verse in Revelation says “the one who overcomes.” In other words, it confirms that we can find absolute victory in an area where we once knew nothing but defeat.

There’s a reward awaiting those of us who press through our struggles all the way to absolute victory. This reward is crucial, because virtually anyone who overcomes a difficult challenge will tell you that their victory was the sum total of daily sacrificial decisions to reach a goal and the reward. I am thrilled to know that the reward for overcomers in Jesus Christ is that we are given the right to eat … in paradise! Eating from the tree of life with God will be unlike any satisfaction we’ve ever known.

Remember, you were made to crave God, not food. The best reward to healthy eating is experiencing closeness with God. I pray that you continue on this beneficial journey for a lifetime. Eating wisely can become more than just a diet. It can become our lifestyle.

And better yet, we position our hearts to enjoy closeness and fulfillment with God for eternity!

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the 21-day challenge. I recently gave the book away before I finished it to someone who I thought would benefit from it. I am planning on checking it out from the library soon to finish the last few chapters. But in the meantime, these devotionals have given me some great food for thought (no pun intended). Made to Crave has been life-changing for me in opening my eyes to the fact that I have put food before God. I recently prayed that I would get to eat at IHOP sometime in my life, or that there would be pancakes in Heaven (I clearly have issues with food!) but God inmediately convicted me of my wrong attitude and caused me to pray “actually, help me to love You more than pancakes”. That is my desire, and MTC has helped to place this hunger for God in me. God bless you, Lysa!

    • Praise the LORD for Lysa’s vulnerability and being able to express my heartfelt thoughts– it has been like she was in my head–I totally relate to all she had in her book. It seems my whole life has been centered on weight loss– I have circled the mountain too many times to count and lost and found the same 15-20 pounds. But that has not been my problem. My issue is eating healthy choices each time I eat and within thenGod-given parameters of hunger and full. than you Lysa’s and fellow travelers on this road.
      If any of you are still on this journey and would like an accountability partner please email me at
      mrauga74@gmail.com
      This is a spiritual journey. But what benefits come from greater dependence onJESUS!
      Marcia

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