The secret to this weight loss system
In Romans seven, Paul is expounding upon a deep idea. Sin is at work in his body, and he is at war with it; as if it is separate from him.
Romans 7:16-25 ….if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25T hanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
Paul is separating himself from what he calls “this body of death” – sin is at work in his members v23. Then he asks who will save him from it. The Lord will save him from it. Now pay attention to the last sentence. With his mind he serves the law of God. But, with his flesh – the members he mentions in v23 – he serves the law of sin. Paul is telling the Romans that – though the mind says one thing – the body says another.
The secret to this diet method is to view the body as separate from the mind. We take care of our cars, our houses, and everything else we deem valuable. But, our bodies are left to themselves. If we separate ourselves from it, and view it as the vehicle we are traveling around in – we can begin to see the ways that we have been subservient to it. Rather, than it being subservient to us.
It is time to change. The Lord told Cane after he murdered Able, “If you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. And you must master it.” It is so much easier to master our bodies – which I call our host, or our animal – when we put ourselves back in the drivers seat, and tell it “no”.
If you get hung up on the verbiage here, you will not be successful at being the best you can be – for the Lord’s sake. We are called to be good stewards of what we have. America has failed at this. We are a gluttonous nation. Time to change all that.
The tyranny of the immediate
Leave your body alone and it will eat and eat until it is so big there is no room for it’s heart to pump. Your body is tyrannical. Philosophers call it the tyranny of the immediate. If you don’t believe it is tyrannical, try not to blink. Your body, your host, will make you blink. Or, what about holding your breath. If you hold it to long, you will pass out, and you will breath. Now those are things that we cannot control. But, there are things that can be controlled: like over eating.
Put a horse in a field of grass and it will eat and eat and eat. Our bodies are just like that horse. Still not convinced?
Solomon explained it this way. Ecclesiastes 10:5–7 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler— 6 folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places. 7 I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.
First Solomon says that what he sees is evil, an error. He says the things he sees are upside down. In the exalted places – where the rich should be – folly is sitting there. And then he makes it clear. Slaves are riding on horses and princes are walking like slaves. The fact that Solomon is calling this folly, means that he believes the prince should be on the horse, and the slave should be walking. He is using a horse to explain that man – an exalted man (a prince) should be in control of his animal – riding it. Controlling it. Taking care of it. But, instead it is the other way around. The exalted ones are like slaves; leading his animal around rather than riding it. And in his place – in the saddle at the controls – is a slave.
Stop being a slave to your animal – your body – and live like royalty. Be healthy and in control of your animal. Your host. Your body. Just like in the post on Gluttony – you need to realize – when you want your body to be subservient to you, confess your gluttony to God. Then from that day forth you will be able to say, “I am not gluttonous, my body is.” And like Paul in Romans, “So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
I am separate from the desires of my body, my animal, this host that I’m temporarily dwelling in. We that are practicing this diet are wanting to glorify God with our bodies by honoring Him with it – even when we eat. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
If ever there was a church that dishonored God with their bodies it was the church at Corinth. And we do not want to be like them. This is what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 6:20 – For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
See yourself as separate from your body. When my body is hungry, when it’s stomach growls, I look down and say, “I will get to you when I’m ready.” Not, “I’m hungry. I need to eat.”
Be the master. Ride your animal in the position of royalty, not as a slave.