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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Diet - deadline is 8-9-12 9:59 am NY time. (08/02/12)

TITLE: Evil Twin
By Sandra Hartman


An Evil Twin?

I guess you are wondering who that is—well I’ll get to that in just a moment. The word “diet” comes up everywhere today. You can’t escape it. Did you ever notice what happens to the word “diet” when you drop the T?
No wonder this word holds such unpleasant and negative connotations.
For those of us who “diet” what comes to mind is—“I will die without all the goodies I want to consume this week.
God has after all designed our bodies to eat. In fact He may have designed them to carry some fat. Just think about our ancestors out there on the rugged plains hunting for their next meal. If they didn’t find it; that meant that a person might have to go for days without food so when a good meal came along the body went to work converting what was needed into energy for now and storing the excess for those leaner times.
I remember growing up in the 1950’s. Our eating habits went like this—we ate three meals a day. Yes we had a sweet tooth that we indulged with a desert at our evening meal.
Snacking in all its glory wasn’t invented yet.
We didn’t have soda in the house either. Though I loved the summers when I could go down to the local grist mill and buy penny candy and a cold bottle of RC.
Did anyone have weight problems then? Some did because they were genetically programmed that way.
The point is our bodies were designed to crave nourishment. They don’t, for instance, crave brownies at midnight. My body tells me I don’t need anything to eat. In fact, if I do imbibe, then my stomach is going to send up a protest that all the rest of my vital organs are going to join. .
So what is that voice that I hear tempting me to go out to that kitchen and have some mouthwatering brownies? Why am I craving the tasty sensation of eating food when I am not hungry and there is no nutrition to be had?
I think it is my flesh. I know body and flesh are one but then there is “the lust of the flesh” which makes me think my body has an evil twin called “the flesh.” What else whispers in my ear “eat” when I know I don’t need it and it is totally bad for me?
When we accept Christ as our Savior the Holy Spirit comes to live inside and to instruct us and teach us in all things that are for our spiritual edification. We become alive spiritually and our inner man is made new but our body—our flesh—remains unregenerated and sinful. Hence the evil twin emerges. It doesn’t care anything about the health and well being of the body it just wants to indulge itself in pleasure of any kind to our hurt.
The body seems able, in most people, anyway to control its appetite. It gets hungry when it needs food, and it lets us know when we are full. The flesh, however, has a voracious appetite for everything that feels good no matter what the consequences.
Read Galations 5:19-21 for an impressive description of the flesh--
“Another thought provoking verse is—“Philipians 3:19
Like I said my flesh is my body’s evil twin.
Scriptures go on to tell me in Proverbs 25:28 “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” A city without walls has no defense against the enemy and yes we have an enemy. Satan is always on the prowl and our body’s evil twin is the first to welcome him in.

So what can I do about it---James 4:7,8 “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” “draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.”
Read the verses in Luke 4:1-13 about the temptation of Christ and notice what He uses to resist the devil and his suggestions. He uses scriptures. So the answer is to find the scripture that I need to rebuke my flesh’s evil twin and send her packing. In order to do that I have to spend time in God’s Word thereby drawing nigh to Him.
I can be victorious because “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13

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C D Swanson 08/09/12
Great title and a very powerful story with a strong message. Thank you for this sobering and timely reminder.

God bless~
Brenda Rice 08/12/12
I recognized the evil twin right away. Good job with your story-telling. Interesting and informative.
Leola Ogle 08/13/12
Ah, I so relate. I, too, grew up in the 50's and snacks and soda was a rare treat and not an everyday happening. And usually I had to work to earn money for a soda. Good job. God bless!