Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left that you may be successful wherever you go. –Joshua 1:7
The Lord loves me and has given me His law to follow in order to guide and protect me from evil. Through the First Place program, I have learned to rely on God’s law to be strong and courageous and to face the truth about tempting foods. They are just not good for me, regardless of how good I used to think they tasted or looked.
Today I choose not to eat them. Each day that I refuse to give in to temptation, I experience how truly good being at a healthy weight feels. Nothing tastes as good as that!
When it comes to my food plan, I no longer diet, but choose to Live It as the First Place program taught me. There are simply foods that are good for me to eat and foods that are not beneficial for my body. Following my Live It food plan requires me to not turn to the right or to the left; if I start eating certain foods that I know have given me trouble in the past, I know I have begun to veer off course. One bite of these items is too much, because due to my sinful nature, a thousand bites of it will never be enough. One bite grows from a taste, to a sliver, to a slice, to a slab—and before you know it, I have eaten it all just so that gnawing emptiness will go away!
But when I remember that God’s Spirit is the only One who can fill me, I can turn away from unhealthy foods and taste His goodness.
Lord, thank You for granting me the courage and strength to make changes in my life. Help me to recognize that veering just a little bit to the right or left leads to the same old path. Thank You, Lord, for showing me a new way, a way that works—Your way, Lord!
Journal: What are some foods you should avoid completely? Choose today not to eat them, and write your commitment in your journal.
Taken from Better Together, FP4H Devotional Book. To order, visit our website, www.firstplaceforhealth.com or call 800.727.5223, x1002.