Showing posts with label Patience. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patience. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The Theory, the Practice, and the Fruit of Patience - Purity 817

The Theory, the Practice, and the Fruit of Patience - Purity 817

Purity 817 08/23/2022  Purity 817 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sun dipping into the Pacific Ocean over a gathering of adoring palm trees comes to us from a friend who captured this scene while vacationing in Hawaii back on May 30th.

Well, it’s the second workday of the week and even though I am on vacation this week, I am being reminded that we never get to take a day off from life and no matter what our work status may be on any given day, we will invariably find that there are “things to do” that will challenge our peace and test our patience.   

As much as I could probably devote a lot of time to this topic, I have to cut to the chase because I have an early morning appointment to get my car serviced and so I have to hurry up to get there on time, where I have already decided to sit and wait until whatever is making my car’s check engine light is diagnosed and resolved. Seriously? Yes, seriously. 

And in those previous statements, I have already set the stage for an exposition of the theory and the practice of patience.  

Patience reveals problems. Or is it Problems require patience?   Correct, I think those are both right.  

The need for patience is born out of two things: reality and our expectations.  

In this life we will be called to wait for things.  That is a truth. I don’t know if enough scientific study has been done on that but if there was the “law of waiting” would probably be put right along side the law of gravity as one of the t operating principles of life in this universe.    

However, even though the inevitability of waiting is more or less certain in life, many of our expectations are based on beliefs that either deny or seek to control the waiting aspect of our lives.  

Here are some beliefs that we may assume in life that will hinder our ability to practice patience: 

·       Everything will be okay. 

·       I shouldn’t have to wait.  

·       People are lying to me.

·       People are trying to take advantage of me. 

·       Bad things always happen to me. 

·       My rights are being violated. 

·       This is wrong.  

·       If I plan adequately or do everything right, I shouldn’t have to wait.  

·       I am an important person.

·       This is an unreasonable amount of time to wait!

Everyone of these statements are either a false expectation based on a lie to the extreme (which are revealed by words like everything, always, or should) or are based on personal value judgements (that are based on or perceptions of our selves or others, and may have been formed by past experiences that (may or may not be operating in the current situation) that we are imposing on reality.  

In my car appointment this morning, I have already possibly set myself up for a challenge to my patience.   Do you know what it is? 

While it may not be clear, I stated that I will sit and wait until the problem with my car’s check engine light is resolved.  

That indicates that I expect it to be:

·       Resolved

·       Resolved today,

·       Resolved today, within normal business hours

And because I got an early appointment, it is my hope and my expectation that it will be resolved in a “timely” manner.  

What “timely” is  will be determined.  My value judgement of timely and the reality of the time it will take to perform the repair may not be the same thing and if I am holding some of those other beliefs such as Waiting is wrong, certain times of waiting are unreasonable, or I am an important person who is being lied to, take advantage of, or having my rights violated, my ability to be patient will be less and my ability to maintain my peace and joy will be hindered.  

So what do we do here? 

Well, this is where being a Christian who is walking in the Spirit, should really come in handy because if we walk in the Spirit the fruit of patience can be cultivated but as Romans 12:1-2 tells us our transformation will be based on our surrendering our bodies for the Lord’s service and renewing our mind according to God’s will, that is based on His truth, His word.   

As Christians, we are to surrender ourselves to best represent God’s kingdom and we are encouraged to be patient people and it is through challenging all those false expectations and personal value judgements that we can be victorious in being patient and experiencing peace and joy while we wait.  

Psalm 1, the first psalm guys – as in maybe the first thing we should practice, in speaking of the “blessed man” says that  

Psalm 1:2 (NKJV)
2  … his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

So our waiting period could actually be used for Bible study, if you so choose, but it could also be used to meditate on the various truths that God’s word various truths that will help us in our current situation.  

For instance:

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) says
9  A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

This verse is one of several in the Bible that points to God’s sovereignty, that means God is in control, we aren’t and those people behind the counter aren’t either.  Although we may plan and hope and expect things in life, God’s sovereign will be done. If God wants us to wait, we will wait.  If God wants us to literally die in the waiting room, we are dead.  He directs our steps. So if we thinking waiting is wrong, we are thinking that this part of God’s plan for our lives is wrong and instead of using the time to meditate on His word and Him, we are actually opposing His will and denying His presence in our lives.

We put the focus on ourselves and totally forget about our relationship with Him.  We make ourselves an idol of sorts and demand to be served and worshiped by everyone to do our will rather than anyone else.  Instead of taking joy that other patrons have been successfully serviced and are released to go, we can become envious and angry when our focus is on the unholy trinity of “Me, Myself, & I”.


So because I am pressed for time, I have to move it to the end here.  Patience…..


But I hope this little bit I have written and spoken about today helps those who hear or read this that “patience” is “not just grinning and bearing it”. There is no peace if we just impatiently endure or keep busy until our waiting time is over.  

Our whole lives as Christians are intended to be lived in the presence of God to represent the kingdom of God and are based on our identity in Christ and the trust that God is with us and the course of our lives are meaningful and purposeful because they are being directed by Him.  He calls the shots and knows about everything we are going through,   

So meditate on the truths of God’s word as you live your life and keep walking and talking with God no matter where your life will take you.   The peace in His presence, wisdom in applying His word to our life, and when we walk in the Spirit we can have joy regardless of the things we have to face or the times we have to wait.  

“Practice what you preach” is not just following rules. Our daily spiritual practice is to live in God’s presence, according to His wisdom and ways.  Practice may not make us perfect but if we practice our faith, we will progress to be more and more like Christ in our character and we will see the fruit of patience grow in our lives.    


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

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 60:12 (NLT2)
12  With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.

Today’s verse tells us that with God’s help we will do mighty things and defeat the enemies in our lives.  

Today’s verse was given under the heading “When we feel powerless..” and it can be a great encouragement when we are facing hardship or opposition.   This verse is the concluding verse of a psalm where David plead to the Lord for victory over His literal enemies, the Moabites, who had recently defeated Him. He was crying out after a loss for victory.  

They say David had a heart for God and it is proven in this Psalm because David goes to the Lord when it would seem that the Lord had let him down in a major way.   Bit David knows who God is and that He is more than able to turn things around, so even in his defeat David doesn’t give up his faith. He still trusts that God can do mighty things in and through his life.  So David disavows any ideas that he can be successful in his own strength, and says that only with God’s help will he be able to do mighty things. 

John MacArthur’s commentary on this verse says that “The nation relearned the truth that only God gives victory.[1] 

So for us, we may need to relearn that our victories come through the Lord and that if we wish to do mighty things, we need to be in a close personal relationship with God that is defined by love and obedience to His ways in order to see the Lord do mighty things in our lives that will make our enemies flee.


As always, I invite all to go to 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 Clinton E. Arnold’s “Powers of Darkness”

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The Powers Exploit Our Inclination to Do Evil

Paul believed a penchant toward violating God’s standards of holiness characterizes all of humanity. This inclination, which he often called “the flesh” or “the old self,” is adequate in and of itself to prevent people from pleasing God. Yet Satan and his powers strike where we are most vulnerable. Our powerful supernatural opponent takes advantage of our bent toward doing precisely what God would not want us to do. He exploits our flesh in his ongoing effort to interrupt God’s redemptive purposes.

In some fashion, not explained by Paul, evil spirits entice individuals to carry out the depraved notions and desires that surface from this inner impulse. Paul described unredeemed humanity as incapable of resisting these base desires because of their demonically enhanced appeal. We need to have God’s own Spirit and to appropriate his power in order to resist the enticement to do evil. This is why Paul can describe unredeemed humanity as being in slavery to sin or the devil. People do not have the inherent ability to overcome such powerful enticement.

We must be careful not to misinterpret Paul by creating a caricature of what he meant when he referred to non-Christians as being in slavery to sin. He clearly did not intend to convey that all unbelievers are engaged in thievery, murder, sodomy and all the other gross forms of ethical degradation. For Paul any pattern of action motivated by and centered on anything other than God’s express will qualifies as sin. Thus he indicted his unbelieving kinspeople as living apart from God, although they claimed to follow God’s law. They followed the law neither in the way God had intended nor by the means he provided. A person who appears outwardly moral—and who is kind, philanthropic and generous—may therefore be just as much a part of Satan’s kingdom as a person sold out to the occult. That person may have a motivation for performing good deeds that indeed runs counter to the pure and selfless motive that Christ would expect.

According to Paul, unless a person is a member of Christ’s kingdom, that person is a member of Satan’s kingdom. Becoming a member of Christ’s kingdom does not involve making an effort to obey God’s revealed law. Rather, it involves a rescue act performed by Christ himself and an initiation into his kingdom through receiving the gift of his Spirit.

Becoming a Christian neither removes the internal impulse to do evil nor deters the powers from trying to exploit it. Indeed, Paul envisioned the believer as coming under rather intense pressure from the hostile spirits to displease God, especially during vulnerable times (as in periods of depression or crisis). For Christians the main difference now is that they can draw on the enabling power that God offers as the means to resist these influences. Ultimately, Satan seeks not only to prevent the development of the virtues within the lives of Christians but also to undermine faith in God.

The Powers and Sickness

In the New Testament world it was common for people to believe the agency of an evil spirit causes sickness (a belief that is also characteristic of many contemporary non-Western cultures). Such a belief is reflected in the Gospels. Like the issue of exorcism, Paul did not address this topic in any detail except for a brief description of his “thorn in the flesh,” which he said in actuality was an evil angelic power (2 Cor 12:7–10). For Paul this spirit exerted its hostile power in a way that produced some unknown physical malady. Paul resigned himself to live with the physical discomfort and hindrance because he interpreted it as a situation that God designed to insure humility and divine dependence in his life. It may seem odd to us that God would permit an evil spirit to hurt his devoted apostle. Paul, however, was familiar with the Old Testament and therefore aware of God’s past use of the realm of evil to accomplish his purposes. It is instructive for us to note three things about this situation:

1. Paul had an infirmity, and he was able to identify its origin, assigning the cause to the work of a spirit entity. Sickness and infirmity can have a direct demonic cause. Although Paul did not divulge his diagnostic procedures, his example should challenge us, not only to leave open the possibility of an infirmity being inflicted by a demon, but also to develop a keen sense of discernment.

2. Paul sought God’s release from this manifestation of the evil one. This is natural since believers, through union with Christ, share in his authority over the powers of darkness. Paul demonstrated that Christians do have the right to pray for healing from illness, whether the infirmity is produced by the direct work of a demon or occurs simply because people are still earthbound creatures. Sickness and suffering are characteristic of the present evil age; they are not a part of God’s kingdom. As citizens of the heavenly kingdom, therefore, we should ask for this special appropriation of the power of the new age, and then God might grant healing. It is important to stress that if we ask God for healing, we should believe he is perfectly capable of performing it.

3. Paul was not healed. Surely it would have been tempting for him to conclude that he did not pray with an adequate amount of faith. Rather, Paul apparently assessed the complex circumstances and determined that his continued affliction was a part of God’s sovereign purpose. In fact, Paul was certain that he knew precisely why God was allowing his condition to continue; it was to keep him from exalting himself. We do not have a guarantee from God that we will always be healed if we ask him. We cannot assume that God desires his kingdom to so invade the present evil age that sickness will be progressively eliminated. Our bodies are in the process of decay, and we will all die. The causes of our deaths will be evil—whether through an automobile accident, pneumonia, heart disease or by cancer. Part of our existence is still rooted in the present age. God, however, may use our sickness or handicap to accomplish some specific purpose in our lives or the lives of those with whom we have contact—even if we do not have the ability to discern what that purpose might be.

4. Paul’s failure to be healed did not devastate him as a person or cripple his ministry; on the contrary, it enhanced his ministry. God revealed to him that weakness (which includes illness or handicap) is all right since it forces the child of God to depend on God’s own enabling power and grace. Paul did not continue to seek God’s healing touch. He learned to be content in enduring the illness or handicap he suffered.

Because we have been immersed in an antisupernatural world view, Western Christians tend to have an easier time accepting illness and not expecting healing. On the one hand, we should remember that God is capable of healing and does work healing today. On the other hand, if God does not choose to heal, we need to realize that our faithfulness to God in suffering (or in persecution) is also a moving demonstration of God’s power that could lead people to respond to Christ.[2]


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[1] John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006), Ps 60:12.

[2] Clinton E. Arnold, Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 1992), 184–187.

Monday, March 21, 2022

When World’s Collide - Call in the Specialist – Purity 684

 When World’s Collide - Call in the Specialist – Purity 684

Purity 684 03/21/2022   Purity 684 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a setting sun comes to us from a friend who recently left the Northeast winter behind for a vacation in Dunedin Florida, and even though they had to endure a six hour delay in their flight, the waiting made them more than ready for some “fun in the sun”.    

Well, as the sun has set on another weekend, and it’s Monday again, I have a “jet lag” feeling as I am contemplating a new transition of “world’s colliding” as I return to my normal job as a telecommunications field technician for the first part of my day but will be also serving my local community as a psychiatric tech for the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team this evening.   

Last week, I was on a “working vacation” and worked full time for the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team For Columbia & Green Counties and after a week of it I had a strange experience of thinking “this is my life now”.  After a few days, I quickly became fully immersed in my “ego-trip” as a psych tech as the work demands your full attention and commitment.  You can’t really fake your care and concern for people who are in crisis and who are reaching out for help, or at least you shouldn’t.  

If you were “going through the motions” in helping people in crisis you could do some serious damage as your lack of attention and care could confirm their worst suspicions that no one cares and could do more harm than good.  While we must maintain some level of separation and professionalism in our interactions with those we try to help, we have to be “real” in our commitment to be a sympathetic listener and to try to guide people out of crisis and into peace.     

Similarly, in my job as a communications tech I have to assure the customers I encounter that I care about their communications problem and am doing everything I can to resolve their problems as soon as possible.    

But in both jobs, as much as I want to help those I encounter, I also have to recognize that I can’t solve everyone’s problems and I have to know my limitations and refer people to specialists when necessary.    I have to do as much as I can to help but also be wise enough to know when the problem before me requires skills that are beyond me and be humble enough to admit that and guide people to those specialists.   

So today, I will be operating in both realms of telecommunications and the world of mental health and in order to function in both I have to maintain a level of inner peace and balance that will allow me to be effective.  

While there are many techniques people can employ to relax, I have come to understand that the greatest sense of peace that I can experience comes from my continuous relationship with the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.   Jesus is the Specialist who saved me from sin and death and I can walk through this earth now in peace with God because of Him.

Just as my jobs require my ability to discern when something is within my power to change and when things need to be given to a specialist, our relationship with God requires us to recognize that there are things that we are responsible for and there are things that are beyond our power to affect that we should “give to God”.

And just like when I refer problems I can’t fix to “unseen” specialists that I trust will help those in need, I have to also have faith that when I run into problems in my life that are beyond my ability to change and choose to surrender them to God I have to trust that He will guide things in the way they should go.    In fact our faith in God, requires even more faith than our trust in man.  

If a specialist fails to fix the problem, we would give it to another specialist until its fixed. But sometimes even the specialist, can’t fix what is broken and they have the hard task of telling those effected that there is nothing they can do and they will have to accept the loss and get something new to replace what’s broken. Even specialist can’t fix everything.  

With God, it’s the same way, but He has the harder job of having to deal with the really big problems.  With issues like ware and peace, sickness and health, and life and death, people will come to God and ask Him to fix it and fix it fast.  Sometimes our prayers are answered as we expect, and we praise His name and declare that God is good.

But more often than not, our expectations of what God should do are not met and just like when the specialist tells you that you will have to accept the loss and move on, we might become disappointed and angry.         

When specialists fail us, our anger can cause us to stop doing business with them.   

But if we have any insight into God’s eternal design, we have to realize that the only one who will suffer from not “doing business” with God is us.  

That’s why our faith in God, must transcend our faith in man. Our faith in God has to be more than our faith in others and more than our faith in ourselves. If we are honest, we have to realize that we don’t know everything, and we can’t fix everything.   But God does.     

As the world may seem to be falling apart at times, and the governments of men seem to be incapable of solving the problems that we face, we need to recognize that our faith is best put in the hands of the One who made the earth and will shape the future.  

As daunting as the questions of life and death can be, the Lord provided His answers to those questions in His Word, the Bible.  The word of God tells of a Messiah that would come to reconcile man to God and those prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.   Those who put their faith in Jesus, are given eternal life in His kingdom and even though their bodies may fail them here on earth, they are assured that the One who conquered death will prepare a place for them beyond this life.    

So whatever problems we face today, remember that there is only so much we can do and only so much we are responsible for, both for today and tomorrow.  We should do what we can and refer the problems we can’t handle to specialists. But as for our lives, we should do what we can to live according to God’s word and then trust the Lord to take care of the rest.  

When we live our lives by trusting the Lord with the things we can’t handle and just do our best to follow His wisdom, we discover that our lives become filled with the fruit of the Spirit. When we walk in the Spirit, aka obey God’s word, our lives become living expressions of love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, patience and self-control.   

So keep walking and talking with God and trust in Him to help you accept the losses and disappointments in life and that He will eventually fix what’s broken, when Christ comes to rule and reign forever and ever, Amen.



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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 :

James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
2  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Today’s Bible verse encourages to have joy in our trials because they will cause us to rely on the Lord and grow in the fruit of patience.   

Sometimes we can be pretty confident in our ability to fix problems.  We learn from our mistakes and can develop plans for every contingency.  However, the questions of sickness and health and life and death are problems we can’t fully prepare for, unless we have a relationship with God.     

The assurance of eternal life requires our faith in Jesus Christ.  Our faith in Christ recognizes our weakness. We can’t do it ourselves but when we put our faith in Jesus we receive a new spiritual life and have access to the power and wisdom of God Himself.  But in order to receive God’s wisdom and strength we have to ask for it and we have to rely on Him.   

Trials exhaust our ability to “fix things”. They challenge us because we can’t immediately fix them, and they cause us to recognize our weaknesses.  

But as James points out in today’s verses, that’s a good thing because they will cause us to rely on the Lord’s strength and wisdom to guide us through them and they will demand that we endure through them and wait for resolution.  The waiting on a resolution will create the environment to exercise our faith and grow in our patience.  

So if you are going through a trial, draw close to the Lord. Seek His presence, His wisdom, and His strength in prayer and in His word.  His help may come miraculously, or providentially, or may come with just through the strength He gives you to endure and persevere.   When we walk with God, we are assured of a good ending, either here on earth or as it is in heaven.  

But obviously, God caused James to write these words to assure us that trials would come in our lives, but we should recognize them as opportunities to grow in our relationship with God and in our patience.  The only way we could rejoice in trials is because we can know that they serve the purpose of becoming more like Christ and becoming closer to God.  

So trust in the Lord and He will see you through. Your trials will teach you how to solve problems you never faced before and will teach you to trust in God like you never have before, but they will also cause you to grow, and because of that we can rejoice.


As always, I invite all to go to 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.

F. What Effect Does Bulimia Have on the Body?

Many hear the term “eating disorder” and feel little if any concern because they have little if any knowledge of the serious implications of the term. However, others hear “eating disorder” and feel paralyzed with fear—their hearts race … palms sweat … minds swirl. Why?

The reason is quite simple … they know all too well this lying, conniving, murdering thief. They’ve seen its bony fingers choke the life out of a precious loved one while whispering words of deception. They’ve seen the deadly stranglehold and felt helpless to lend a hand. Those who have watched a loved one drink its poisonous words have seen an eating disorder destroy a life, a family, a community. They are far too familiar with the hideous and horrendous ways it can destroy a person’s body, mind, and spirit.

They know because they have lived it. They have seen up close and personal the physical complications of bulimia nervosa.…

“The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.”

(Proverbs 15:14)

How bulimia affects your body[1]

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, office on Women’s Health

How Bulimia Affects Your Body

•     Blood Problems

—   Anemia

—   Poor circulation, low body temperature

—   Low blood pressure

—   Ketoacidosis (high levels of acid buildup in the blood)

—   Type 2 diabetes mellitus

•     Body Fluids

—   Dehydration

—   Low potassium, magnesium, sodium (Out of balance electrolytes can cause cardiac arrest.)

•     Kidneys

—   Problems from diuretic abuse

—   Infections from vitamin deficiencies, dehydration, and low blood pressure

•     Intestines

—   Abdominal cramping and bloating.

—   Chronic constipation and diarrhea.

—   Irregular bowel movements, abnormal bowel functioning.

—   Excessive use of laxatives causes bowels to no longer function without total dependence on laxatives.

•     Hormones

—   Irregular or absent period

—   Imbalances causing multiple problems throughout the body

•     Brain

—   Distorted body image

—   Excessive fear of weight gain

—   Anxiety and depression

—   Dizziness

—   Seizures

—   Difficulty concentrating

—   Low self-esteem and shame

—   Neurological and mental deterioration

•     Cheeks/Jaw area

—   Swelling, soreness, TMJ

—   Swollen salivary glands in cheeks

•     Mouth

—   Purging of food brings up hydrochloric acid from the stomach that washes across the teeth.

—   Teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods.

—   Tooth enamel erosion and discoloration. (Teeth look clear.)

—   Cavities and tooth loss.

—   Gum disease and pain.

—   Sores in the mouth, swollen salivary glands in the cheeks.

•     Throat and esophagus

—   Sore and irritated

—   Tears and ruptures

—   Esophageal reflux, damage to larynx and lungs

—   Bleeding esophagus

—   Cancer of the esophagus, larynx, and throat

•     Muscles

—   Fatigue and aching

—   Atrophy

•     Stomach

—   Pain and soreness

—   Delayed emptying

—   Ulcers and ruptures

—   Deficiency in digestive enzymes

—   Pancreatitis caused by repeated stomach trauma

•     Skin

—   Abrasions and calluses on knuckles

—   Dry, flaky skin

•     Heart

—   High cholesterol

—   Elevated triglyceride levels

—   Electrolyte imbalances

—   Irregular heartbeat

—   Heart muscle weakened and thickened

—   Heart failure with a mortality rate from 5% to 15% of bulimics due to cardiac arrest

•     Lungs

—   Shortness of breath

—   Increased infections

•     Eyes

—   Broken blood vessels in the eyes

—   Vision problems

•     Pregnancy

—   Miscarriage

—   Baby stillborn (not born alive)

—   Baby born early, low birth weight

—   Birth defects, such as blindness or mental retardation

•     Weight swings or drops

—   Chronic bingeing/purging causes extreme weight fluctuation within short periods of time.

Because the thinking of those deceived by bulimia is confused, they desperately need to follow the advice King David gave to his son who was soon to sit on the throne after him.…

“You, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you.…”

(1 Chronicles 28:9)

Laxative Abuse

Question: “What is the danger in using laxatives to lose weight?”

Answer: Laxatives do not prevent food or calories from being absorbed but they do cause the loss of water, minerals, electrolytes, indigestible fiber, and wastes from the colon. The result can be dehydration unless fluids are consumed to rehydrate the body, thus negating the weight loss. Some of the consequences of laxative abuse include …

•     Electrolyte and mineral imbalances, resulting in improper functioning of nerves and muscles, including impairment of the colon and heart

•     Severe dehydration that can lead to tremors, weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage, and even death

•     Laxative dependency when the colon fails to respond to normal laxative doses and requires larger amounts of laxatives in order to function

•     Internal organ damage, including lazy colon, colon infection, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and possible colon cancer

Clearly, laxative abuse is physically dangerous and can even become life-threatening. Tragically, some with eating disorders so despise their bodies that they come to prefer death to life.…

“I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.”

(Job 7:15)[1]


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[1] June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 14–18.