Peeling Back the Proverbs: Satisfied, or Starving? {Video}

Proverbs 27:7 gives us advice that can benefit both our body and our soul. Are you satisfied, or starving? Are we supposed to starve ourselves? Are you filling yourself up with what is beneficial, or are you filling yourself up with junk?

Peeling Back the Proverbs: Satisfied or Starving? {Proverbs 27:7}

Scriptures and Thoughts to Meditate Upon:

“The full soul loathes an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet” (Proverbs 27:7).

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26).

This man had the unclean spirit go out, but put nothing in its place, so his latter state was worse than the beginning. If negative actions are not replaced with good actions, then the bad habits that were a part of our former lives will return with a vengeance.

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Ephesians 4:28).

The thief is not to only stop stealing, but also to work and to give. Something good must be put in the place of any negative actions.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).

Notice he contrast between walking/standing/sitting with sinners and delighting in the Law of the Lord. There are only two choices.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1).

The only way to be truly satisfied is under the direction of the Lord.

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“We cannot starve our bodies and then be surprised when we eat all the cookies in the pantry, and we cannot be surprised when we neglect to devote ourselves to Christianity and fill ourselves with the “junk of this world.” Fill yourself up with good things, and notice how your desire for “junk” becomes smaller and smaller!”

Yes, I just might have quoted myself. What can you do?

Tips {from the Video}:

Physical Satisfaction:

  1. Have enough water. About 2-4 litres a day, depending on your body mass and activity level.
  2. Eat plenty of vegetables with every meal. Your plate should be about 1⁄2-3⁄4 full of vegetables. Vegetables will fill up your stomach and provide your body with the nutrients you need to stay satiated.
  3. Have a healthy fat with each meal. Calorie dense and satisfying, healthy fats will keep you fuller for longer and quench sugar cravings.
  4. Have a serving of protein with each meal. Protein will help you last until the next time you get a snack. Having adequate protein also helps you to preserve muscle as you are burning fat.
  5. Snack often. A small handful of nuts, some protein, vegetables with nut butter,

Spiritual Satisfaction:

  1. Meditate on the Bible daily. The happy man had the words of the Lord as his delight, an as a result was full, satisfied and successful (Psalm 1:2-3)
  2. Seek to apply it. If we read the word but do not apply it, then we will not truly be full. Until we truly adopt Christianity as a way of life, we will always be seeking for something to fill the void. The wise Solomon tried every pursuit in life and concluded with this: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

See Also:

Is Your Fear of Calories Weighing You Down? {How to Eat Worry Free}

(Linked to Counting My Blessings Link Up}

 

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