In the world but not of it

August 17, 2010

No empty words…

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These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! Deuteronomy 32:47

Just a few chapters later the Lord would emphasize to Joshua the importance of what was said here in this passage

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:7-8

Many people struggle with dieting. They go in cycles, eating well for a period of time, losing the weight, working out and then slowly start to introduce the foods they got away from back into their diet. This cycle repeats itself for many people and becomes frustrating…

The reason this happens is simply because people treat dieting like a program. In fact, most diet products are sold as programs, teaching people to each certain food, certain times a day in a scripted fashion. There are benefits to this since people typically need structure and a pattern to follow.

But the overall intent of dieting is to have it become a lifestyle not a program. By definition, programs have an expiration date. Whether we realize it or not when we start a program we have an expectation of it ending, i.e. think of the last time you started a diet and told yourself that you can still have cake or chips or something else you like, once in a while. That statement alone tells you that you are going at this like a regimen rather than a desire to just eat well over all.

This mentality exists with how people approach God’s word also. They are told that they need to be in the word, reading their Bible. But when we approach God’s word like a diet, like a program we miss out entirely on the blessing. From the beginning we treat the word and perhaps God as a part of our life, rather than life itself. This subtle difference makes all the difference between a relationship and a ritual or routine…

I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12

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