Hello Cheryle! it is so amazing to come to the foot of the cross and God’s Word and to look up and live! To have our spiritual hunger satisfied by God’s manna. Jesus thirsted and hungered for us physically and spiritually at the cross so we would have eternal fellowship with Him delighting in freedom from guilt and shame, knowing we are forgiven and accepted!
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live. Isaiah 55:1-3
Just thinking more on this: Need to define our terms
The world uses terms of hunger and cravings - physical and mental - the videos from the "experts" are helpful in making a distinction. And I can see the differences between the two. But they do not give any real strategy to deal with the cravings.
The Bible uses terms of hunger and lusts - physical and spiritual/mental - this is also helpful in that we can understand that there is a real difference between being hungry (like Jesus was hungry after fasting for 40 days - Luke 4:2) and the lusting for foods (like Proverbs 23:2-3).
"And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food." Proverbs 23:2-3 (NKJV)
As we apply the Gospel, we find real solutions for those "lusts" that have been crucified with Christ.
"And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:24-25 (NKJV)
Then by faith, we put on the Lord Jesus, coming to the Cross and walk away from those lusts.
"Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." Romans 13:13-14 (NKJV)
This was very well said, Bill.
The world only knows physical and mental/emotional. They lack understanding of the spiritual (sinful lusts) and therefore cannot see the cross of Christ as the solution. Consequently they are only able to recommend distractions, thinking other thoughts, connecting with other people, etc. which are not life changing or transformative, but temporary bandaids on a deep wound that only Christ can heal.
As we read in 1 Peter 2, "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." Christ suffered so that we might be healed.
The solution is not just in thinking other thoughts or distracting ourselves from the cravings of our flesh. If it were that easy then Jesus didn't need to die. But Jesus did die and rise again to heal us. His body was broken for us and His blood was poured out for us. He feeds us with Himself so that we can turn from our temporary cravings and instead enjoy eternal delights.
@Peter-T-Braun Thank you for the recommendation. I would have provided a direct link to the sermon from the church's website if I could but the church posts all their sermons on Facebook so links to a specific sermon (not the whole list) are going to be Facebook links. I hope that helps to clarify. Viewing through the church's website is definitely possible; you just have to scroll through the long list of sermons to find the right one.
@Darrel-Hawbaker That's an interesting thought. Will some people enjoy heaven more than others? I was thinking about that myself today. Two characters in the bible spring to mind. First, the brigand on the cross who said to Jesus: Luke 23:42-43 New International Version (NIV)
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Will this brigand be happier since he gave his life to Christ at the last minute?
The second person I'm thinking about is Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Mary's song she says:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
Mary, a humble sinner, was blessed among all other women to be chosen to be the mother of God's holy Son. Will she not be rejoicing more than any other?
@Jason-Mathew I think the important thing is that our focus is not on food or little details, but on Jesus. So, tea and coffee, as little or no calorie as they are, should be fine. When it comes to eating I think eating until we are full is good. Eating should be for fuel not satisfaction and I think that's the mindset we are after from this program! Because true satisfaction only comes from him. And also being conscious of what we eat and taking the time to savor our food and not just gorge it down will help us have the 'fullness cue' faster than before.
Hi Margarita, My name is Paula, and I just started today. Maybe we could enourage one another. I can't stop eating at night. It's been worse since Covid. I'm just going to try this one step at a time and try not to judge it or myself .
I live in New Hampshire. Where do you live?
Hi @Christina-Gray, you will be able to check your feedback by using the course outline in the top right corner of the course homepage and then selecting the lesson you want to review. I hope that helps.