I cannot win this battle in my own strength. My willpower is not strong enough to combat the enemy’s schemes. He plots against me and speaks lies. Like Jesus did in the desert, I must combat the lies with the truth of God’s Word.
Scripture is my greatest weapon. How foolish I’ve been to try to fight this battle without speaking the Word of God on a daily basis when temptation seeks to overcome me.
Throughout her book, Lysa provides numerous scripture verses to stock my arsenal. This passage and accompanying scriptures from Made to Crave have been particularly powerful for me:
Whatever the situation, I keep asking God to be my daily portion – of companionship, provision, patience – over and over. And one day I will find victory over those things instead of looking back over a pile of tears and cake crumbs. Here’s a biblical promise we can rely on:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24, emphasis added)
Grasping the truth that God is our portion has the potential to transform more than just our eating habits; it can transform our responses to every aspect of our lives. Practicing God’s portion control was crucial for the spiritual development of the Israelites and it’s crucial for our spiritual development as well. God doesn’t mince words about His expectations or His promises:
You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:9-10)
Whether we are talking about food, wine, sex, shopping, or anything else with which we try to fill ourselves, nothing in this world can ever fill us like God’s portion. Nothing else can truly satisfy. Nothing else is unfailing and absolute. (Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave, pp.131-132, emphasis added)
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (ESV) I am memorizing these words of Jeremiah. And I’ll continue to say them again and again until the victory comes and my life reflects this truth.