We go to extremes to bring our sizes down a couple of numbers. We follow diets that promise results for life. We read success stories of people who have found their way over to the thin side. Yet even more stories tell of people who have lost their excess weight just to regain it, plus some. It's no wonder the battle with weight is a never-ending one.
Psychologists tell us that to change any behavior we need to find out what our beliefs are. Once we understand our beliefs, we can challenge our thoughts. Many times our beliefs are laden with lies. We cannot expect to change our behaviors until those lies are challenged and refuted. To combat these lies, this study will ask: What are we hungering for? Can food ever fill us? Do our looks determine our worth? How does self-discipline fit in?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 103:14; 139:13–14; John 15:4–5; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:13; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Galatians 5:16
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Food cannot fill us.
—Teaching point two: My worth is not based on my appearance.
—Teaching point three: Self-discipline is a fruit of the Spirit.
—Teaching point four: God is a jealous God.
• Apply Your Findings
• Recommended Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• If Your Stomach Offend Thee…, by Lisa Ann Cockrel (December 2005, 11 printed pages)
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