In 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 Paul writes, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
“… the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11b-12.
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 (1 Corinthians 2:16b NLT versions says, “But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”)
Last week I spoke of my two month time period of not weighing and trying to get my desire and stress eating under control. I am a big time stress eater. I also let you know that I didn’t really get serious about not overeating until about two weeks before my time to weigh and constantly questioned, “Did God really say…?” like Satan asked in Genesis 3:1 (NLT).
So I stepped on the scale on Sunday, October 8th.
And I weighed exactly the same thing I did the last time I stepped on the scale.
Because even when I got a little more serious about two weeks ago, I didn’t get all the way serious. I still have not taken seriously enough…
- My body is God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19)
- He wants me to take care of it. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
- That overeating is a sin, and not a light one. (See Proverbs 23:2, Philippians 3:19)
- I am taking advantage of God’s mercy and grace, instead of disciplining myself to live according to the scriptures. (Hebrews 10:26-31)
I spent the day contemplating— how can you get something to turn out right, when you continue to do the wrong thing?
Answer: YOU CAN”T!
Can we know the mind of God in these matters?
He is very clear in His Word! It can’t get any clearer than Hebrews 10: 26-31.
I want my faith to “not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” To not stand in the world’s view that I’m not doing so badly. That overeating is okay.
Or the many other “little” sins I commit are okay.
I want to be faithful in the little things. Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (NLT)
After much contemplation—I am very serious now. Hopefully in the next months I can report success in this area.
Otherwise, my plan is to get back to reading the stack of children’s books my daughter has supplied me with and post more book reviews.
The reason I wrote these last few blogs is because I know I’m not the only one that suffers with these areas of sin in life. I hope you are encouraged to not give up, but to keep trying with God’s help to get the areas you struggle with under control.
I am praying for my readers—that you are discerning the mind of God through daily Bible reading and receiving His love and comfort in every area of your life.