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Thursday, November 10, 2022

You Can Never Go Home Again - A Walk Among the Tombstones - Purity 885

 

You Can Never Go Home Again - A Walk Among the Tombstones -  Purity 885

Purity 885 11/10/2022 Purity 885 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a lamp post illuminated pathway leading to the Oswego River reflecting the multicolored lights of the city, all underneath the relatively white and pure light of the full moon comes to us from yours truly as I decided to go a walk into the night to revisit some old familiar haunts in my alma mater’s city. 

Well, it’s Thursday and as different as today is from most Thursdays I wanted to be consistent in my efforts to encourage others to stay on or to get on the path of Christian Discipleship by sharing another photo of yet another pathway as a visual representation of my sentiment that life is a journey to be walked out and it is best done in the presence of God, specifically through a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior.  

Yeah, after last night’s walk through Oswego’s Riverwalk and some of the familiar haunts on the Oswego’s West Side, I am feeling somewhat nostalgic and disturbed about what I saw and what I felt as I walked through the shadows of Oswego’s streets and my contemplation of my college days in the distant past.  

A lot has changed since my college days and my last visit to Oswego. I am no longer the person I used to be when I lived in Oswego, and no I won’t just say “went to college in Oswego” because that would cheapen the truth of my experience. 

From 1990 to 1994, although somewhat sheltered and provided for by the generosity of my family who paid for my “studies”, I had the opportunity to really explore who I was and who I wanted to be for the first time without the shadow of my family, of being just one of those “Clark boys”, impacting how others or how I myself, saw me.  

I got to be “me” for the first time in my life and it was in those years that the small dream to be a writer, that really began after reading Stephen King when I was thirteen, started to blossom and shape who I thought I was.  I saw myself as born of the same stock as Stephen King, Earnest Hemmingway, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and even William Shakespeare.  I fell in love literature and the idea of being a writer but as bold as I was to fill my portfolio with wild experiences of running into the night, I didn’t really have a direction and certainly have the disciplines to write on a consistent basis. 

Even though I now write six days a week, what!,  I failed at the most basic level, that writers write!, right?. For all my confidence and courage to question authority, to anarchically defy it,  and to push the boundaries of my experiences, I was sheepish in actually pursuing writing. It was an unknow and unfamiliar path I was in love with, and I was afraid to follow it because I didn’t know where it was going to go, and I felt inadequate in light of the writers’ talent that I admired.    

Also I had really tied myself up in knots in terms of addiction. While I prided myself as being able to handle my liquor and to do the drugs and not let the drugs do me, the not so pleasant consequences to wild living and the resultant dependency revealed that I wasn’t as free as I thought. But that would only take divine intercession and 25 years to figure out.  

On last night’s tour of Oswego, I started with a sense of excitement and exhilaration as the crisp blowing winds coming off of the Oswego River reminded of my youthful exuberance for the night.  I gloried in those first steps of how wonderful the River looked and how good God was to safely bring me here to experience the beauty of the moment and I thanked God for the experience.  

But then I walked on down to the familiar haunts on Water Street, that were no longer familiar, and discovered not only disappointment and a sense of grief over the things that had changed but also felt shame and regret and deep sympathy for younger me, who was oh so ignorant, oh so lost.   Old City Hall was a favorite drinking establishment of mine on Water Street back in the day but while the building is still there it doesn’t appear to be to be a bar, or anything else, today.  Across the Street, The Ferris Wheel another less preferred bar is still in business, but as I chose Wednesday as the day of my return, downtown Oswego was a veritable ghost town, which I was actually glad for.  

I don’t think the party scene is, in terms of alcohol, is anywhere near what it was in the 1990’s in Oswego, but I was glad that I didn’t have to navigate around groups of college students out on the streets seeking for thrills.  And the solitary, dark, coldness, really brought home that those days in my past in Oswego are over, and that person of who I was back then have died.  

But that’s a good thing. I’m alive in Christ and a whole lot smarter than I used to be.  

As sad as seeing how things had changed, how businesses and buildings themselves were just gone,  I was glad that there was no nostalgic pull to return to the days of old.

But with that said, my wanderings did bring me to visit a few sites that I fondly remembered. I passed what I believe were a couple of sorority houses back in 1990s t and a house where my friends had lived on West Third Street,  But again these buildings weren’t sorority houses anymore and my friends had moved out nearly 30 years ago, 30 years… 

Although I didn’t quite know where I was going last night, I did have a plan. I always loved Oswego’ Old Style movie theatre on West 2nd Street, as a pretense to get me out of my motel room way out near the shopping centers on the east side, I decided to go see a movie. I ended up nodding off to Prey for the Devil, which is not exactly high praise, because I figured it might give a couple of jump scares and I could consider it as more research for spiritual warfare. 

But before the movie, I had this pull to “get to the house”.  I was a member of a fraternity and that command to “get to the house” that would yell at pledges was always answered by me eventually while a student and as alumni.  The house was where to go. Brothers were there. Parties, fun times, and women were there! Get to the house!

So I followed that call.  

But the thing is, that while my fraternity still exists, “The House” at 30 West 5th Street was burned down by an arsonist during winter break of 1992.  Although there was initially talk of rebuilding, the fraternity eventually sold the land and bought a new much smaller, rather comparatively dismal, new house. 

So as I walked through the shadows of the night and the recollection of the past, I was a man without a home but still called to go.  No one has done anything with the property at 30 West 5th Street. Someone put up a doorway trellis where our pathway once led up to the stairs of what was a mammoth house.   So I took a photo of it, like someone taking a photo of a loved one’s tombstone.  (if you would like to see all the sights from last night’s wanderings I am sharing a link to my Facebook post that presents them. The last photo in the collection is the Trellis, it’s a little creepy.”

Photos From Oswego on Facebook

So while the walk through the tombstones of my past in the city of Oswego was a little sad, and the movie barely succeeded in keeping me awake,  I walk away from it all with a sense of gratitude and gladness.  

I loved my times in Oswego even thought they were severely worldly and broken in light of what I have come to know about the Lord and the meaning of life,  but that was my life.  I’m glad I searched for who I was back then. I’m glad I was bold and courageous in establishing “me”.

In truth, although I have regrets about the bad things that happened and the fact that my fear, feelings of inadequacies, and addictions kept me from following my dream, I can’t say that I didn’t give it a try. I tried to live according to world told me that would lead to my happiness but when you are following a lie it doesn’t matter how earnest you are, or aren’t, in pursuing it.  A lie can never lead to truth, and it shouldn’t be surprising that doesn’t bring peace either.  

But God is good, and He was gracious to show me the only thing that matters in life is knowing Him and living according to His ways.  

All the parties, friends, and excitement of youth are good for a season, but time marches on and that progression really reveals that we were living in an illusion. To quote John Cougar Mellencamp’s Jack & Diane: “Changes come around real soon, make us women and men”.   So we can’t stay there in the good old days, that were really a lie, a fleeting moment of our lives that were based bad information.

However, we don’t have to be sad about moving on into the hard truths about growing older and having to provide for ourselves. 

That is of course, if we really pursue the truth and seek the mystery of God.  The good news is unlike last nights journey through the night, when we seek the Lord things don’t get darker, things get brighter as God will reveal just how good He is and how good our lives can be when we stay in His presence and follow where he leads.  

So keep waling and talking with God. If you aren’t doing that, get on that pathway that leads to life and life more abundantly. You don’t have to deny your past, but you can get past it by coming to understand the depths of what we didn’t know and how much better God’s way is for us.     

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Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Galatians 6:7 (NLT2)
7  Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

Today’s verse urges us to not be misled into thinking we can somehow avoid God’s justice and teaches us that we will indeed reap what we sow.  

Okay the verse says harvest what you plant, and actually I would encourage everyone to check out the New King James version of this verse, and to use the NKJV as your foundational reference if you study the NLT.

Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)
7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

So as you can see, the NLT says the same things, basically, but it is different. Study all the versions of the Bible if you like but be assured that if you consult more than one version and study the whole counsel of God, you won’t go astray.  

As for going astray, that reminds me of my college days where among other worldly philosophies, I believe dthat “rules were made to be broken” but I always had the hopes that my cleverness would keep my violations hidden or at least keep my safe from prosecution and suffering.  

But it didn’t, I was arrested and changed once, detained and questioned and let go on a few occasions. I also suffered the negative physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences for my rebellious and wild living. 

As much as I may have “gotten away with” things in some areas, I didn’t fully realize that there was no getting away from what I planted.  In some way or fashion, I, and everyone of us will reap what we sow.  

Cause and effect relationship show us this in the natural, but we should really be concerned with the unseen, our futures and where we will stand when God calls us to give account of our lives.  

No matter how much you get away with in life and no matter how skilled you are at keeping negative consequences at bay in this life,  the jig is up when you die, as the word tells us that it is appointed for men to die once and then to be judged. 

Sorry those who believe in reincarnation – one life only.

Sorry Atheists, there is a God, and He will judge you whether you believe in Him or not. 

And sorry,  if you don’t make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life,  there will be hell to pay.  

You won’t avoid God’s justice and you will ultimately reap what you sow.  

So, trust in Jesus, rejoice over your salvation, but be sure to take today’s verse to heart in all its implications by also repenting our old rule braking ways and follow the Lord’s plan for your life, your sanctification.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

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The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 6

On the Hidden Nature of the Christian Life

The Hiddenness of Practicing Piety

“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt. 6:16–18).

Jesus takes it for granted that disciples will keep the pious practice or exercise [Übung] of fasting. The life of a disciple requires the strict practice of austerity. The only purpose of such practices [exercitia] is to make disciples more willing and more joyous in following the designated path and doing the works required of them. The selfish and lethargic will, which resists being of service, is disciplined; the flesh is chastened and punished. The practice of austerity makes me feel the estrangement of my Christian life from the world. A life which remains without any ascetic discipline, which indulges in all the desires of the flesh as long as they are “permitted” by the justitia civilis [civil order], will find it difficult to enter the service of Christ. Satiated flesh is unwilling to pray and is unfit for self-sacrificing service.

So a disciple’s life requires strict external discipline. This is not to suggest that the will of the flesh can be broken by discipline. The daily death of the old self cannot be achieved by anything other than faith in Jesus. But persons of faith, disciples whose will is already broken, whose old selves have died to Jesus Christ, do know precisely the rebellion and daily pride of their flesh. They know their lethargy and lack of discipline and know that to be the source of arrogance which must be conquered. This takes place in daily and extraordinary practice of discipline. The disciples are meant when it is said that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Therefore, “watch and pray.”[192] The spirit knows the path of discipleship and is ready to follow it, but the flesh is too fearful; the path is too difficult for it, too uncertain, too arduous. So the spirit falls silent. The spirit affirms Jesus’ commandment to love one’s enemies unconditionally, but flesh and blood are too strong, so that the commandment does not become the deed. Thus in daily and extraordinary exercise and discipline, the flesh must learn to understand that it has no rights of its own. The daily, orderly exercise of prayer helps in this. So does daily meditation on the word of God, as do all sorts of practices of physical discipline and austerity.

At first, the resistance of the flesh against these daily humiliations comes frontally; then later it comes hidden behind the word of the Spirit, that is, in the name of evangelical freedom. The flesh’s resistance to the word of Jesus becomes evident whenever evangelical freedom from legalistic coercion, from self-martyrdom, and mortification is played off against legitimate evangelical use of discipline, exercises, and asceticism; whenever lack of discipline and disorder in prayer, in using scripture, or in one’s physical life are justified in the name of Christian freedom. In such circumstances people have lost sight of the fact that daily life in discipleship is foreign to the world. They have also lost sight of the joy and the true freedom which genuine discipline gives to the life of disciples. Christians will have to attack the resistance of their flesh whenever they recognize that they have failed in their service, that their willingness has weakened, that they have become guilty influencing the lives of others or causing the guilt of others, that their joy in God is fading, that their strength for prayer is no longer present. Christians who recognize that will try to get ready for better service through spiritual exercises, fasting, and prayer (Luke 2:37; 4:2; Mark 9:29; 1 Cor. 7:5). The objection that Christians should take refuge in faith and scripture and forsake asceticism is without any merit. It is without mercy and has no power to help. What is a life of faith, if not an endless manifold struggle of the spirit against the flesh?[195] How can anyone live in faith whom prayer makes slothful, who is tired of scripture, or whose joy in God is stolen by sleeping, eating, or sexual desire?[1]

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[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 158–160.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Celebrating Light or Darkness? – Purity 681


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Celebrating Light or Darkness?  – Purity 681

Purity 681 03/17/2022 Purity 681 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo a lush green scene on the shores of Rocky Creek comes to us from yours truly as I captured this somewhat emerald sight while hiking at the Key Vista Nature Park back on February 22nd while on my honeymoon vacation in Tampa Florida.   

Well, although it’s Thursday and I normally post photos of pathways today to encourage my friends to get on the path of Christian Discipleship, it’s also St. Patrick’s Day today and I wanted to share the “greenest” photo that I had in my recent photo archive to recognize the patron Saint of Ireland and to celebrate my 50% Irish heritage. 

For a short mt4christ.org retrospective on St. Patrick, I am sharing a couple links to  blog post from Saint Patrick’s Day in the past: (https://www.mt4christ.org/2016/03/happy-st-patricks-day.html , https://www.mt4christ.org/2021/03/purity-368-httpsmt4christ247.html ) that give a little bit of information on the saint and send my wishes for all my friends to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.  

St. Patrick’s Day ain’t what it used to before me and that is a good thing! Unlike some who may reminisce about the “good old days” of “sowing their wild oats”, I recognize that the days of my drunken reveling were days of desperation and darkness. 

I was looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places and I was looking for meaning and purpose at the bottom of a bottle that would never fill me, no matter how many of them I drank.  

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to deny that I had fun in some of those years gone by where I spent many a St. Patrick’s Day drinking and hanging out with friends at wild celebrations but if I am going to be “real” enough to admit that, I should also be real in describing the desperation, the loneliness, the fear, the pain, the heartache, the rejection, the trouble, and the filth that surrounded those days of reckless abandon.

In truth there were probably only a handful of St. Paddy’s Days that I didn’t spend alone chasing a memory of the few times I spent St. Patrick’s Day in the company of friends. 

In fact even in those times I actually hung out with friends, some of those were pretty lame and I would normally end up alone at the end of the night.   Note to the young, never leave a college town’s many options for merriment for a fraternity brother’s house party that turns into a sausage party.

So Erin Go Bragh, Ireland forever! But yeah, the truth isn’t really pretty if we view our pasts honestly and see the filth and smell the stale beer, smoke, and other smells that we don’t focus on when we are in those environments and that we conveniently forget as the years pass.  

But the truth will set you free, and as the years passed and I got further away from those days in the sun of my youth, the drunken debauchery didn’t transition well to a life with a wife and kids, or with age.  In truth, the old guy at the party is just sort of sad and if we think about it he is somewhat delusional. 

When kids cut up and get in trouble, it is often said that they are going through a “phase” that they will grow out of. Maybe the wildness of youth is a right of passage but when we don’t learn from our mistakes and don’t grow up and out of our bad habits, we have to realize that our attempts to recapture the thrills of youth are living a fantasy that won’t be fulfilled and doing the same things over and over again are a cycle of addiction and a sign of the bondage that we live in.   

Even when we are in those destructive patterns a part of us knows that we are living a lie and that a lot of the “fun” we have isn’t fun at all.  As we keep trying to replay that  old record of our pasts the grooves get worn out, don’t produce the same music, and it can become hard to change the tune.  

It’s not the same old song and dance, that we remember from our past and we become not as light on our feet as we used to be, and we often trip and fall causing damage and pain much more than we used to.   

But there is hope. There is light outside of those dark places. If we leave those dark and smelly places and decide to surrender to the light we can rediscover the simple pleasures of life that were enough for us before alcohol and drugs became necessary ingredients in our “good times”.   

St. Patrick taught people about the Trinity by using a clover, with the three leaves representing the three persons of the Godhead: the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  He taught people of the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and his own life testified of the difference that faith in Christ could make.  

So be like St. Patrick today by affirming Jesus as the Lord and Savior of your life and make the commitment to follow Him.  When you put your faith in Christ, He can lead you out of the darkness and show you the simple peace, love, and joy that is waiting for you when you walk in the Spirit and bask in His light.  

So today celebrate St. Patrick’s example, your Irish heritage if you are actually Irish, and all the good things in life but also recognize when “enough is enough” and the fact that Lord can set you free from all the darkness of your past when you trust in Him.  

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Today’s Bible verse come to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is :

Galatians 6:9 (NLT2)
9  So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Today’s Bible verse encourages us to never tire of doing what is good and to never give up.   

Somethings are just bad or bad for you.  Instead of doing those things the word of God encourages us to do good and to never get tired of doing it. 

While we are never made right with God through our efforts, we should recognize that to be more like Jesus would require us to follow His example.  Jesus spent His life without sin.  He healed people and encouraged them to come into God’s kingdom by putting their faith in Him.  Although He was human and slept like us, Christ never tired of doing good, even to the point of sacrificing Himself on the cross for our redemption.  

Christ didn’t give up. He kept doing what was right, good, and holy even though He knew the world hated Him for it and it would cost Him His life.  

So as His disciples, we are to represent Jesus on the earth by sharing the love of God through good words and deeds to our fellow man. 

Cause and effects relationships in place in God’s creation generally reward good works. 

People appreciate good things that done for them and can recognize when someone is helpful.  Beyond the good opinions of others, we also feel good when we do good.  

So through our good works we could enjoy the inner peace of doing what is good and we might enjoy the favorable opinions of others too.  

But the true blessing that we can reap from never giving up and never growing tired of doing good may not be seen on this side of life.  Our good deeds reap rewards in heaven and could be used by the Lord to bring other’s into His kingdom. 

So if we know the abundant joy of our salvation and enjoy the peace of knowing we are accepted by God, let’s not grow tired of doing good and let’s not give up because the blessing that we could give to others through the good works we do may be used by God to open the eyes of the blind and bring the dead to life.  

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation.  

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s  books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $5.00.

II. CHARACTERISTICS OF A COMPULSIVE OVEREATER

It’s considered a world health epidemic, and it can’t be treated with a shot or quick-fix medication. Across the globe there are more than 1 billion adults who are overweight, creating a health hazard that ranks just behind HIV and tuberculosis. The increased risks for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, and stroke that accompany overeating are weighing down already heavily burdened health-care systems.

And the statistics for children are equally alarming … an estimated 23 million children under the age of 18 are overweight, and in the United States alone the number of overweight adolescents has tripled since 1980.

With global modernization and urbanization comes easier access to foods chock full of saturated fats and sugar, and it seems people from Chile to China are increasingly choosing greasy cheeseburgers over grilled chicken. As waistlines expand, societies all around the world are feeling the financial pinch from sprawling health-care costs. The Bible warns …

“A man reaps what he sows.”

(Galatians 6:7)

A. What Is the Compulsive Overeater Checklist?

Many people sincerely ask a question to which the answer seems obvious to others: “How do I know whether or not I am a compulsive overeater?” The best way to determine the answer is to go through the following checklist. If you find that food has control of you, seek God’s strength to help you shift your focus and …

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

(Colossians 3:2)

Place a check mark () beside each question that applies to you.

              Do you spend a lot of time thinking about food?

              Do you look forward to an event because of the food that will be available there?

              Do you eat when you are sad, angry, lonely, or depressed?

              Do you eat when you are bored or under stress?

              Do you eat certain foods as a personal reward?

              Do you eat even when you are not hungry?

              Do you ever feel ashamed of how much you eat?

              Do you fear not being able to stop eating once you start?

              Do you ever feel embarrassed about your personal appearance?

              Do you ever eat secretly to prevent others from knowing what or how much you eat?

              Do you lose weight on diets, then gain the weight (and more) back again?

              Do you feel that you have to eat everything on your plate or you’re being wasteful?

              Do you think that you could control your weight if you really wanted to?

              Do you resent it when family or friends express concern over your weight?

              Do you find that food consumes your thoughts, your actions, your very life?

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you could be a compulsive eater!

If at times you feel frustrated over your eating extremes, let this Scripture motivate you …

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.… Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

(Romans 7:15, 24–25)

B. What Are Characteristics of Compulsive Overeating?

Because the characteristics of compulsive overeating are increasingly being manifested all around the world, health experts have coined a new term: globesity. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2015 the number of overweight adults will swell to 2.3 billion, which equals the combined populations of China, Europe, and the United States.

The top ten countries where the characteristics of compulsive overeating are most evident are …

     American Samoa

     Kiribati

     The United States

     Germany

     Egypt

     Bosnia-Herzegovina

     New Zealand

     Israel

     Croatia

     The United Kingdom

Clearly, in an effort to overcome overeating, citizens all around the world need to increasingly adopt the following virtues.…

“… make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance.…”

(2 Peter 1:5–6)

     Physical symptoms

   Anorexia/bulimia

   Chronic neck and joint pain

   Cycles of excessive eating/dieting

   Diabetes

   Gall bladder problems

   Heart disease

   High blood pressure

   Kidney disorder

   Limited range of motion and activity

   Shortness of breath after mild exertion

Note: If you are experiencing any of these physical problems, be sure to consult your health-care professional.

     Emotional symptoms

   Anger

   Anxiety

   Depression

   Guilt

   Hopelessness

   Irritability

   Low self-esteem

   Passivity

   Powerlessness

   Shame

     Relational symptoms

   Feeling embarrassed

   Feeling inhibited

   Becoming introverted

   Becoming secretive

   Feeling unaccepted

   Feeling rejected

   Becoming isolated

   Becoming withdrawn

     Spiritual symptoms

   Disobedience

   Distance

   Distrust

   Doubt

   Feeling Unworthy

   Guilt

   Self-condemnation

   Shame

God created you and has a plan for you. His plan does not include harming yourself with out-of-control eating. Consider these words from the Word of God …

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”

(1 Corinthians 3:16–17)[1]

 

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[1] June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 7–9.