Glorify God in Your Body – Encouragement #14

In 2015 the Women’s Ministry at Country Oaks Baptist Church is focusing on strengthening body and soul.  We offer the following encouragements as you seek to glorify God in your body:

Encouragement from a book:

The following ideas come from Gospel in Life – Grace Changes Everything by Timothy Keller

In order to change you have to replace your passion (your *idol) with an overriding passion for Christ.  He has to be your greatest passion.  (Whenever I am tempted to overeat, I must turn to Jesus.)

Encouragement from THE Book:

John 4:13-14 (NIV) Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths

Note to self:

*Definition of Idol –  An idol is something that we ascribe value and worth to that surpasses the supreme value and worth we ought to ascribe to God.

You sin (indulge) because at that moment something is more important to you than Jesus is.  Every sin is an act of idolatry and every act of idolatry is a disbelief in the gospel.  The root of all sin is the failure to take the gospel deep inside of you and trust what Jesus has done.

Find the way you resist the gospel.  You won’t change until you find where you resist the gospel.  Self-salvation is idolatry.  Your life won’t change if your heart doesn’t change.  No one changes by “trying harder.” Have a new affection (Jesus) to kick out the old one (self-indulgence).  Jesus is your over-mastering positive passion.  Let Jesus control you.

originally published on July 24, 2013 – theWordchick.com

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