2 Peter 2:19 (b) ..."a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”
I have embarked on writing a new book project. I’ve undertaken writing about going on a diet. I have learned that diets are almost always “yo-yo diets” because they have their ups and downs. One day, we have mastered the diet…the next day, we crave food again! I need to write this book to help myself, and to help others who, like me, have wondered what is it like to go through the diet process....lose weight (I've dropped 12 pounds and lost 2" off my waistline in 21 days), and to gain back some self esteem, and gain control over an addiction - in my case -FOOD.
I "accidentally" got into the diet that I believe will improve my life because, if conquered, I can stay on it for life, I can obtain the wisdom that I need to say yes to the right foods, and no to those that will cause cravings, and cause me to store fat, rather than burn it.
I "accidentally” bumped into the above Bible verse, which tells me (and you) that we become slaves to whatever masters or has control over us. Accidents don't happen. What we call "accidents" are really events directed by God.
Ah, this means that diets are not the only thing that may be masters of our life. We may be slaves to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, credit (yes the overindulgence in the use of credit cards), and, in my case – FOOD.
I’ve written 150 pages of my expected 350-500 page finished product. I hope to finish it when my goal weight of 175 pounds (from 216) is met on December 1st.
What I have learned, personally, and via this key Bible principle, is that we need to pray about our addictions….and we are all addicted to something. I asked God to help me lose weight because I know if I continue gaining weight, I will be heading down the pathway of poor health, higher blood pressure, possibly type 2 diabetes, and maybe even a stroke or heart attack.
The Bible tells me, in 1 Timothy 4:8 –“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” - intended to mean, we cannot gain one more day of life than God has assigned us, but we surely can ward off ill-health by eating properly and exercising…not to mention becoming independent from our addictions…which can only be a great emotional boost.
If we apply these same principles, ask God to help us with our addictions to those things that have mastered us, we will gain true freedom once again. Is it time for you to stop being mastered by things that will hurt your body, mind or your spirit?
John Tyler, Author
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