GOING DEEPER ~ Do you feel as if you’re held captive by food and eating? How has this area of life kept you from doing all that God has planned for you?
Yes, I feel as though I’m held captive. I hate that I’m often unable to participate in activities with my kids because of my weight, or my lack of endurance/strength. I don’t volunteer for things because I’m either too self-conscious or too tired.
BIBLE STUDY ~ Read Jeremiah 29:12-14a. What does it show you about God’s deliverance from any captivity you may be experiencing? Read Jeremiah 31:3, Ephesians 1:5, and Zephaniah 3:17. Write down what these Scriptures say about God’s view of you, and His plan for your life.
Jeremiah 29:12-14a ~ He will end our captivity and restore our “fortunes”. He’ll gather us from faraway “nations” and bring us home.
Jeremiah 31:3 ~ He loves us with an everlasting love and draws us to Himself.
Ephesians 1:5 ~ He adopted us into His family, and He was pleased to do so.
Zephaniah 3:17 ~ He lives among us; He is a mighty savior; He takes delight in us; He calms all of our fears; He rejoices over us with singing.
KNOWING GOD BY HEART ~ Find synonyms for the word “love”… How do these words give you a deeper understanding of God as love? Read 1 John 4:8-10,19 and John 3:16. What do these Scriptures tell you about God?
LOVE = cherish :: devotion :: adore
God cherishes and adores us, and is devoted to us, His children.
1 John 4:8-10,19 ~
- God is love, so if we don’t love, we don’t know God
- God sent His son to die in our place to show His great love for us.
- real love = God loving us and offering up His son in our place
- v.19 ~ God loved us first, thereby enabling us to love others
John 3:16 ~
- God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to die in our place so that we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
GETTING PRACTICAL ~ Keep the phrase “when in doubt, leave it out” in mind as you wait for hunger. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re hungry when you may in fact be at a 1 or 2 on the hunger scale. Prayerfully invite God to direct you when you’re uncertain or in doubt. Make a prepared plan for those times of doubt, so that you’ll be ready when you’re bombarded by the overwhelming desire to eat.
My Plan: If I’m not really hungry, I will distract myself by any one of the following activities:
- blog / check emails
- do Bible study homework
- practice my Spanish
- go for a walk / do my workout