This weeks lesson, we will be discussing the importance and power of food and diet. Diet has been one of the largest markets in our country for many years, currently at $20 Billion dollars a year. The problem with all of the diet plans and programs are motive. Let’s start with the companies that sell this stuff, most have the wrong motivation… money. They try to market to people that, with their program or product, loosing weight will be easy. A lot of people will tell you it’s just a matter of “will power” and they are almost right. But we can’t just blame the companies. What is our motivation? Are we trying to get into that cute outfit so we can look good to attract a person of the opposite sex? Are we trying to look a certain way for an upcoming dance? Do we want to loose weight because we are tired of getting teased? What is your motivation?
What does the Bible say about food and diet? Let’s start with Genesis 1:29, this gives us a starting point.
Next is Genesis 3:16-18, after sin, our food is harder to come by.
How about Leviticus 17:10-14? There are processes for draining the blood from an animal to make it acceptable for eating. However, very few companies do this because it also causes the meat to not taste very good.
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 . This passage actually is referring to sexual immorality but is appropriate for any unhealthy appetite.
Ellen White talks about the power of appetite in Testimonies for the Church. “One of the strongest temptations that man has to meet is upon the point of appetite. Between the mind and the body there is a mysterious and wonderful relation. They react upon each other. To keep the body in a healthy condition to develop its strength, that every part of the living machinery may act harmoniously, should be the first study of our life. To neglect the body is to neglect the mind. It cannot be to the glory of God for His children to have sickly bodies or dwarfed minds. To indulge the taste at the expense of health is a wicked abuse of the senses. Those who engage in any species of intemperance, either in eating or drinking, waste their physical energies and weaken moral power. They will feel the retribution which follows the transgression of physical law.”
Satan uses our appetite to pull us away from God. When it comes to food, people are often unwilling to compromise. Food becomes a drug. Not in it’s effect on the body but in it’s power of addiction. How has food been an addiction for you or someone you know? How important is food to you? Could you give up chocolate? Bread? Milk? Pasta?
I mentioned earlier that “will power” is almost right. It is the power of will, but not your own. Giving your will to God and letting God’s will be done. That is will power!
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