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“Do you want what’s forbidden?”

There are some things that we need to leave alone! I am thinking about food, what are you thinking about? Last week, some of you started the 90-day Weight War Challenge. As we go through the next few weeks, there are some foods that probably should be forbidden. If the food negatively affects your body, it may be a sign to leave it alone. Perhaps it is good to you, but not for you. As you read this week’s post, think about what you need to leave alone.

Forbidden comes from the root word forbid. It is defined as; “to command not to do something, to hinder or prevent.” Think about it, if you are married there are things that you are forbidden to do because you have a spouse. As singles, there are some things that you are forbidden to do when you are honoring God with your body. If you want to win the war with your weight, there are some foods that you need to forbid yourself to have. Why? Because they hinder your progress. For some reason, the body seems to want what is forbidden. It all started in the garden of Eden.

In Genesis Chapter 2:16-17, the Lord God put man in the garden of Eden and gave the following commandment, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, 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.” Now the Lord told Adam and Eve that they could freely eat from every tree of the garden except one but they wanted fruit from the forbidden tree. Adam and Eve knew what God said, but they listened to the serpent. Eve actually repeated what God said before she sinned, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” However, she still listened to the serpent and ate the fruit. How many times have we heard God’s voice and still made the decision to sin? (Lord please forgive us!)

I find it very interesting that sin in the first book of the Bible is dealing with forbidden food. Something that God said do not eat! The consequence is that you will die! How many of us are dead spiritually because we ate something forbidden? Those who physically died from eating forbidden fruit are not here to talk about it. There are some dead marriages because a spouse decided to eat or touch something or someone that was forbidden. There are some singles who are dead spiritually because they have eaten from the forbidden tree.

Is there something that you need to leave alone? Listen to God! Obey His voice and His word. Do not eat or touch those things that are forbidden, lest you die! Eat to live! Keep your marriage, relationships with others, and your relationship with God alive and well!

Until next week,

Carolyn

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One thought on ““Do you want what’s forbidden?”

  1. Janice on said:

    Awesome word!!

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