“And he said to me, c‘Son of man, eat whatever you find here. tEat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ uThen I ate it, and it was in my mouth was sweet as honey.” (Ezekiel 3:1-3)
If you have grown up in Christian circles, you hear the importance of reading and memorizing scripture. It wasn’t until a year and a half ago when I started my weight loss journey did this idea actually resonate with me the true value there is in our Christian lives to memorize, meditate, and SPEAK scripture. In this year and a half journey of losing nearly 152 pounds, I have found the craving for food is propelled by sin itself. It is a desire to use the created to fulfill me rather than the Creator himself. While all things are lawful for me, not all is good for ME (1 Corinthians 10:23). This has led me to a place of mortifying the idolatry of FOOD in my life. Mortifying sin means to CRUCIFY it… I can do this by crucifying the indwelling sin of idolatry. The Word of God fills us in a way that food (or any idol we choose) cannot. “Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I do. Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; FEED ME WITH THE FOOD THAT IS NEEDFUL for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the Name of God” (Proverbs 30:7-9). I want to be so full of the Word of God that the thought of over eating, the thought of food, the FEELING of fulfillment in my flesh of food, becomes so dull and unnecessary. THIS filling up of God’s Word is necessary for us in order to overcome any type of indwelling sin… “How can a young man keep His way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my WHOLE HEART I seek you; let me not wander form your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:9-10).
Do you ever wonder why you keep falling into the trap of any particular sin? Do an inventory of your heart… Do you have more of God’s Word stored up there? Are you memorizing and meditating on Scripture? What is fulfilling you?
Here is a link that I found from John Piper that gives insight to this particular ideas as well as a Scripture Memorization Plan