Determination: a quality that makes you continue trying to do
or achieve something that is difficult.
I just finished reading Leviticus in my Bible reading plan. The subheadings in Leviticus 26 are “Blessings for Obedience” and “Punishments for Disobedience”. In this chapter, God warns the Israelites what would happen if they did not follow His commands:
“…and if your break my covenant by rejecting my decrees, treating my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my commands, I will punish you.” Leviticus 26:15-16a (NLT)
Fast forward through the books of Kings, and we read that God allowed the Israelites to be conquered and put in Babylonian captivity because of their rebellion to Him and their sins of idolatry.
I have also suffered the consequences for my own sin of disobedience — I have a broken-down and overweight body because I have not cared for it the way I should have. I have overeaten and the weight I’ve put on has added stress to my very arthritic spine and joints. Some of the arthritis that ravages my body may have been caused by my over-indulgence of wheat products (I’ve read that gluten causes an inflammatory response).
My weight-loss struggle IS punishment for my own sin! Simply put — I overate and no one made me do it. There may have been some psychological and/or spiritual reasons for my overeating, but I am still the one who made the bad choices through the years.
But — I have DETERMINATION to:
1. First and foremost, be obedient to God;
2. Eat only appropriate portions of food;
3. Remove all sugar, gluten, and dairy from my diet;
4. Exercise as much as my body will allow me to;
5. Keep track of my food intake and exercise;
6. Stay accountable with my sisters in Christ;
7. Get healthier so I may be used by the LORD!
In chapter 5 of Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst writes: “We were made for victory. Sometimes we just have to find our way to that truth.” (page 49)
The truth is that I was NOT made to be a slave to the sin of over-eating!! I am determined to serve ONLY God and NOT the cravings of this world because I was made for more!! What are you determined to do?