—Am I really what I eat and drink?
What is the pattern of this world? The pattern of our culture? Picture it; you’re driving down the road, listening to your pumped up music, trying to find your happy place among the less experienced, texting drivers surrounding you and whoa……you see it…..It’s ANY SIZE soft drink for only $1.00! That’s right, priced cheap to entice further. The exorbitant cost of repeated attacks damaging blood vessels, collagen, muscles, teeth, and internal organs go unseen in the wake of instant, and cheap, gratification.
Soda’s are also high in phosphoric acid, the part that helps with the carbonation of the beverage, the part we like, a lot. Fizziness and bubbling in our stomachs, oh yeah! I’m with ya! Coke a Cola was my favorite and it was really hard to kick my 1 can per day habit, I can only imagine how hard it is for someone who enjoys more than two or three.
Moreover, here is a fact that made me renew my mind, phosphoric acid leaches calcium from my bones. We build bone until we are 25 years old, and then we begin losing bone mass. Why would I contribute daily to something that is going to make me weak and dependent later?
“Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial….. as 1 Corinthians 10:23 states.
At the same time, caffeine containing beverages act as a diuretic, a substance that causes you to excrete water from your system. Therefore, causing dehydration rather than hydrating. They also contain 33 grams of sugar for one 12 oz can, have you ever noticed how thirsty you are about an hour after consuming a high carbohydrate meal with soda?
Additionally, a few more American traditions we conform to are our hot dogs, sausage, lunch meat, bacon, brisket, pulled pork, and burgers. Those summer cookouts and daily lunches are sounding pretty good right now. Our taste buds are trained by fat and mono-sodium glutamate to salivate at just the mention. Nitrates are used to preserve the processed meats that have become a staple in the American diet.
Ah, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention those cupcakes, pies, doughnuts, latte’s, cookies, snack cakes of every variety, pancake mixes, biscuits and gravy…..the comfort food we were enticed to love.
May I tell you that the damage this does far outweighs the good? May you learn to trust in what God provides in His word will satisfy like no food on earth can? Occasional enjoyment of such food consumed on special occasions may have little risk, but every day consumption leads to debility and disease.
May we consider God’s will for our lives above our desire for delicacies and seriously think about what we feed the gift of the body He has masterfully created. A body equipped with resiliency to heal and take the abuse of the chemical onslaught we attack it with daily.
In Luke 4:4 Jesus replied to Satan in the desert, “Man cannot live on bread alone.”
You may say, well “He was God”. Yes, He was divine, He was lead there by the Holy Spirit and when He returned to the Father He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell in those who hear His word, repent of their sin, and receive Him as Savior, pledging their lives to Him in baptism. Let’s not forget, if you have received Him in that way, you have the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit guiding you to obey God, live for Him and not food, and to make better choices, with wisdom.
God Bless you and keep you on this very tough journey! I’m right there with you, tempted along the way, as well. Praying for an increased desire for foods that heal and removal of temptations of those that devour. Praying also for persistence in seeking His will through His word and restoring a strong heart meant to serve.
Try a new vegetable that you’ve always been afraid to try in the past, you may be surprised at how delightful it really is. For instance, try snap peas. Oh Man! Right out of the garden, washed and chilled in the fridge, so so good.