Psalm 139 includes a verse where the psalmist asks the Lord to search and know his heart and to show him if there are any offensive ways in him, any anxious ways in him…wow. That is a brave prayer to pray. I know that, relative to so very many things, including my feelings about food and my body, I have a lot of anxiety. God has worked a lot of progress in me in this area, but there yet remains a lot of work to be done! I am so thankful that he continues to work. He continues to do that “new thing” in me constantly!
He does in you as well. Philippians 1:6 says that he will complete that which he has begun. We can rest, confident in this. No, it isn’t a “quick fix” or an easy deal…that much is certain.
…if there’s going to be any real change in our lives, this has to be our genuine request to God. Before we’re transformed physically, we must be refined and renewed from within. That’s what the HEAL Journey is about–going to God daily and asking him to search our hearts, to test us, and to make us more inwardly beautiful in his sight. It’s about transformation from the inside out. As God brings to light the things that are not pleasing to him, we are presented with the opportunity to become the women he wants us to be. HEAL, page 58.
We have to, have to be willing to invite his close scrutiny and correction–not just about which food or how much exercise. Those are all symptoms of something deeper. We have to invite him to evaluate what we value, what we hold dear…and when he nudges us gently, we must respond in tender obedience.
Look up Galatians 5:19-21. In the HEAL book, Allie and Judy break this verse down, looking at each piece of it. In your journal, list each of the words that are mentioned as being an act of the sinful nature. If you like to dig in to scripture, use the tools on Blueletterbible.org (where the link above opens a new tab in your browser) to develop an understanding of each of the words included. How do any (all?) of these show up in the area of food, your body, eating, in your life?
For instance: Envy…for me, I envy passionately (more than I would want to admit) those that seem to have no “issue” with food, eating, or their weight. I see that there is this ugly little area in my life where I have an automatic attitude about people like that! Lord, forgive me! In fact, when someone appears thin and athletic, I have an automatic set of assumptions I make about them…Gosh, this leads me to see other ugliness in me as well…all things that the Lord wants to change! He wants to transform me from the inside out!
Please don’t allow the enemy to use these words to put a spirit of condemnation upon you. That is NOT what is intended here. But what IS intended is that you will be challenged to humbly allow the Lord to love you into change. Our hearts is where the overhaul has to begin!
If you want a really good prayer/study, take time to go through each of the words in the passage and ask the Lord to search you and know you and show you if you need his loving correction in any of those areas. Don’t minimize or justify. Just welcome the fact that he is HERE to bring the much needed change!
Tell us about it here if you feel led by Him to do so!