The Doorway of Hunger.
A prayer was shared with me on FB yesterday. It sums up what we believe here at TDM. And, I’d like to share it with you. But first… before you read it I want you to understand – as you rehearse holiness by denying yourself food in fasting – you will meet the Lord. I believe the apostle Paul spent so much time on gluttony because it is a wall that keeps the believer from entering a secret place reserved for those who seek to glorify God in and with their bodies.
Remember, we rehearse, or practice, denying ourselves in the little things like eating. We crucify the flesh as commanded. And in that – along with our will power being strengthen – we become more like Christ. We become more like the Master not only in our minds, but in our bodies too. The results… we lose weight.
Any athlete who runs a race trains for it. They train, and they train. We train ourselves through fasting. Our body and our minds benefit. We get new bodies now… well, maybe not brand new, but, we do get a taste of what it will be like when we receive the crown for this race run. The prize. The goal. The One waiting on the other side: is Christ Himself. Not heaven. Not weight loss. Not an easier life. Not even better health. Those are just the byproducts.
Hunger for the Lord will kill hunger for the world.
April Fiet wrote this prayer. In it there is a wall, a doorway, and the Lord on the other side: everything we’ve been discussing for months. I would love to get your thoughts about it. I would like you to notice a progression in this prayer. The writer understands that confession of one’s own issues is essential when approaching close to the throne.
I know a thing or two about excess.
From the 700 channels I casually surf between on my television
to the extra brownie I ate just because it was in the pan
to the 20 minutes I stand outside my closet because I can’t decide which shirt to wear.
Excess is something I’m steeped in.
It makes sense to me.
Even though deep inside I know it also overwhelms and oppresses me.
These are things that I know are holy.
These are things that I know will lead me to your abundant life.
But, I feel afraid to take the first step of the journey.
Will you lead me away from the excesses that clutter my view
and my heart?
Will you lead me to you?
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