This week’s video is all about our tendency in this world to want to control the flesh, especially around food. It pushes is to perfectionism and then leads to self-righteousness. But we can’t find true righteousness from ourselves. We can only find it through faith in God. That means we can only find true satisfaction through knowing who we are in Christ. It also means, life isn’t all about food! Mathew 6:25 reminds us, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”
We are convinced that if we just get our food right then all will be perfect, but we’re still focusing on that thing we’re trying to control, like the food. Truth is, God is the one in control and we have to trust him.
Truth is that – it is only with God we can do all things (Phil 4:13), not by ourselves. Romans 10:17 reminds us, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Paul reminds us in Philippians 3:9, “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
When we are trying to control our flesh and putting confidence in it, we’re missing the fact that we aren’t meant to put our confidence in the flesh!Philippians 3:3 says, “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus and who put no confidence in the flesh…”
And here is the final verse I shared from Philippians 2. This includes both verses 12 and 13 and it’s from the AMPlified bible:
“So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] [c]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”
Here is the video if you’d like to watch….”Forgiving yourself for Perfectionism!”
Also, this new song by Hillsong was playing while I was typing this. Thought it was pretty appropriate. It’s from Hillsong Worship and it’s called “In Control.”