Every day in America 101,280,321 adults are on diets.
We spend $2,021,918 on exercise equipment and jog 17 million miles, burning 1.7 billion calories.
So why is it that every year we pledge to lose weight? Why haven’t we lost it by now?
Maybe it’s because every day we also consume 75 acres of pizza, 53 million hot dogs, and 3 million gallons of ice cream. Sure, $2,000,000 in exercise equipment is impressive, but we spend 50% more than that on tortilla chips. Yes, $3,561,644 a day on tortilla chips. But get ready: that figure is $10,410,959 for potato chips.
Our problem is discipline.
in 1 Corinthians 9, Paul said, “I buffet my body.” The word buffet here does not mean the kind you find at a pizza hut or a Chinese restaurant. Paul means, I beat myself black and blue. Not physically, but spiritually. I train myself for righteousness.
I know that’s unpopular and harder to sell. We want an easier way. Discipline is tough. There must be an easier way. Maybe it isn’t a discipline problem! Maybe it’s a demon problem. If I could get rid of the demon I’d be spiritual!
I have a friend who was a member of a church that was really into spiritual warfare. The youth minister had a weight problem. His whole family did. One of the ladies in the church decided it was the demon of overeating. She approached him. and said, “God told me you have the demon of overeating. I’m going to pray it out!” Started to pray loudly, “In the name of Jeeeeessuus I command you to come out.”
The youth minister said out of the side of his mouth, “I will for a cookie.”
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in demons. And I think the warfare is spiritual. Ephesians says, “We wrestle not with flesh and blood.” I believe that. But we also wrestle with is ourselves.
Paul said in Romans 7, “the very thing I hate I do. That which I would do I don’t do.” He didn’t blame a demon. He said it was Paul. And the only way to gain victory over that wasn’t to cast out a demon. The way to victory was dependence on the grace of Jesus and a life of discipline.
(2 Corinthians 10:5) We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
Be disciplined. Let’s work on it together.