Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What You Crave Could Kill You

Graves of Craving

Numbers 11:33-34
While the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

Did you know that what you eat could kill you? More and more people are trying to eat healthier because their diet is killing them. The comedian Broderick E. Rice joked about being addicted to Honey Buns, he said, “You have those glazed demons, those white powdered demons, …look at all this weight the devil has put on me!” It’s funny how we put the blame on the devil for what we put in our mouths. Some of the stuff we are asking God to bless at dinner is actually killing us, fried food, bread, sweets, and starches.

For the next 40 Days we are starting a Healthy Eating/Living Challenge where we are asking people to live out the 5-2-1-0 model. 5 servings of fruits/vegetables, 2 hours of no technology and 1 hour of exercise everyday and no added sugar, sweets or sodas.

It seems that every time we try to get in shape, we start craving something that represents who we used to be and what we used to eat. When God delivered the Children of Israel out of Egypt they went in the desert and grew tired of manna. They craved the meat and food from Egypt where they were slaves. God had given them provision in the desert but they wanted meat. God gave into their cravings because they kept crying out and he sent them so much quail that it made them sick. Instead of killing their craving, their cravings killed some of them.

How do we avoid our Cravings leading us to our graves?

1. Stop craving Slave food. There are foods that we ate when were slaves that we don’t have to eat now: Foods high in saturated fat, fried foods, foods loaded with sugar and salt. We need 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily along with fish and chicken, baked and broiled.

2. Eat smaller portions. When we eat healthier meals 5 times a day it helps our metabolism to work more efficiently and our digestive system actually burns calories eating smaller healthier meals.

3. Be thankful for what you have. The things that made God angry was not so much that the people were hungry but that they were unappreciative of the food they had. They craved food from the place God delivered them out of slavery. Thank God for the food you do have before you complain about what you don’t have.

Dear God,

Take away my cravings for the things that could kill me. Give me food that will help me to live and not die.

In Jesus Name,

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