“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continued to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:2-4)
On Monday, November 23, 2020, I had hands and neck nerve conduction studies; as well as a lengthy conversation with my pain management physician about my excess weight. For the sake of my health, I can no longer ignore his recommendations.
In like manner, God has been instructing us through His Word to lose unnecessary weight that hinders our spiritual growth. For the sake of our soul salvation, we can no longer ignore His commandments to drop everything that weigh us down on our spiritual journey.
We know that sitting around tables eating with family and friends are places of connection, laughter and bonding. Therefore, during the upcoming holidays let us spice up our spiritual menus first with wholesome godly conversations and not inviting Mr. and Mrs. Loquacious and Mr. and Mrs. Gluttony.
Let us then start with appetizers of the fruit of the Spirit to remind us who we are in the Lord when in the company of those who are not Christians. We might be the only Bible they read! (Galatians 5:22-26 & I Corinthians 13:33-34)
Now, the main course of throwing off everything that hinders and the sin that is easily entangles. After carefully portioning and eating our meal to keep the weight off, we will run with perseverance the race marked out four us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
For dessert, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore, I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your Word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth and teach me your laws. (Psalm 119:103-108)
There is so much more to say about this subject. However, this is just a reminder to not put the Lord God to test by willfully sinning with Mr. and Mrs. Gluttony, or any of their sinful lustful friends during the holiday seasons. We must control our appetite rather allowing it to control us. (Proverbs 23:20; Proverbs 28:7)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread along, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4)
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.” (I Thessalonians 5:18-19)