Spiritual Obesity

In the last few articles in this series 'Shed Religion to fall Deeper in love with Jesus' we looked at a key factor in what I believe one of our biggest hang ups is with religion, self. If we can't get over ourselves, then we will struggle with Jesus. We're either in love with ourselves and our self righteousness or we're in love with Jesus. It's not a healthy relationship if you try to have both.
cheeseburger by sisterlisa, on Pix-O-Sphere

Maybe it's never dawned on some that we tend to be in love with our self righteousness.  What does that look like? Well, it's a form of idolatry. I believe it comes from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When we do so, we think we know things like God does. It blinds us and deceives us into thinking we can be the judge, it puffs up our pride, we feel in control and it gives us a false sense of being an overcomer. The fact of the matter is this...it's a facade.

Attempting to judge between 'good and evil' by that tree is full of leavening and empty calories that causes a sort of spiritual obesity.

We become right in our own eyes and live by the letter of the Law which brings us into a snare. The snare is that 'counterfeit high' of doing what is 'good' and abstaining from what is 'evil'. This is self righteousness and people gobble it up, they become gluttons over it, this is legalistic obesity.

Jesus came that we would have life and to have it abundantly, but there is no genuine substance in that tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If there was, God would have given Adam His blessing to feast from it. If we're going to fall deeper in love with Jesus, we need to stop eating from that tree, stop gorging ourselves on the rotten fruit, we need to stop binging at that tree. Yes, we binge. We overeat on that knowledge then get sick in our gluttonous overdose of legalism. But instead of being truly humbled, we vomit it all up, condemn ourselves with that very same Law, then we return to the vomit and lick it all back up again.

The problem with this illness is that it's spawned in the mind. One might think they need this 'knowledge' of 'good and evil' in order to live in this life, but we don't. Then one might think if they quit eating from that tree they will starve. The truth is this...we can keep eating..just feast on the trees God has given us to dine from. He said we could eat of all the trees, including the tree of Life, but not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You see He didn't limit us to just the tree of Life. He said we could eat from all of them..just not that specific one. The one that brings death...the one that brings illness to our souls.

1tree by peace0love2happiness2, on Pix-O-SphereAs one who has forsaken the forbidden tree, I testify that it was a process to overcome. It was an addiction to retreat from and it has it's withdrawals. But God has been full of grace and mercy as He tenderly unraveled me from myself. Feasting on trees that bear His Fruit has been the best spiritual weight loss I have ever known of. My spiritual metabolism has come to a healthier place in my life.

Sure, there are times when the deceitful fragrance of the forbidden tree wafts over my senses, but Christ is within me to reveal Himself at just the time I need Him. Jesus is the Truth and it is Truth that has set me free, but it is not for me to boast as if it was *me* who quit eating from that tree. It is He who removed me from that path and it is He who put me on the path of Life.

  • Are we sick of gorging, binging, and vomiting up our self righteousness?
  • Are we really ready to quit licking it back up and willing to break out of that vicious cycle?

We don't have the power to quit an addiction on our own. But we most certainly know when we're ready for help..it is then that all we need to do is ask. It has to be Him who frees us.

You may wonder..'If I don't judge between good and evil then how will I live?'

{By faith in our Living Messiah}
resurrection lunch 2010 by ashley, on Pix-O-Sphere
 Each day that we walk by faith, He feeds us, just as His people were fed in the wilderness. But let us not become disgruntled and unsatisfied with His provision for our souls.

He met with the disciples and broke bread with them. They partook in the feast together in fellowship, communion, and love. 

He multiplied the lunch of a small boy to feed thousands of families. He prepared fish for the disciples after al ong night of hard work at sea.

He is very well equipped and capable of feeding us by His own hand. All these stories are simply metaphorical of the very fact that our Lord knows how to feed us spiritually. Simply rest in Him and walk by faith.

Genesis 2:15-17 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Lord, be our Life, our Bread, our Word.

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{ Grace } at: November 1, 2010 at 8:14 PM said...

Thank you so much for the insightful post!

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