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By Cat Sharp

Should I Cut Certain Foods Out Of My Plan?

I hear questions like this a lot. 

Should I cut out carbs?

Should I give up sugar?

How can I give up sodas?

Are carbs bad?

There is a lot of conversation in the health world about “good” and “bad” foods. My personal opinion is that what God created should be the bulk of our nourishment, and other “man-made” foods should be occasional treats. Human nature rebels against hard lines of “NEVER EAT THIS”, so I usually recommend against creating “bad” foods in your plan, unless it fits in one of two categories:

  • If you have a negative physical response to it

  • Because God said so.

“If you are asking the question, ‘Should I remove (insert food here) from my life?’, you probably already know the answer.”

The first one is pretty self-explanatory. If your body has a negative response to a food, either by allergic reaction or demonstration of intolerance (like headache, digestive discomfort, etc).

A little more complicated is the “God said so” thing. So let me clarify.

I do not believe that we hear an audible voice of God when He speaks to us. My former pastor loved to say that God doesn’t speak to us in an audible voice. “It’s louder than that.” God speaks to us through His Word and through His Holy Spirit. Sometimes He uses others to move in ways that help us interpret what we have heard from our Bible time and Holy Spirit whispers.

And I’ll be perfectly honest. If you are asking the question, “Should I remove (insert food here) from my life?”, you probably already know the answer.

But just in case you’re still not sure, let’s go over some of the reasons you might be led by God to remove something from your life.

That food has become an idol.

This is a new concept for many, so let’s first identify “idol” in a simple, real life way. Anything that you put before God is an idol. So in the case of food, any food you seek for comfort or joy in times of emotional distress is an idol. Any food you consider so important that you can NOT give it up is an idol. Any food you consider yourself addicted to is an idol.

Don’t hate me. I’m speaking from personal experience, so just know that this message comes with virtual hugs, k?

That food has become a weak point in your life that Satan is using to attack you.

Satan is really good at seeing our weaknesses. He’s been studying us for centuries, so he’s a pro! So if something in your life has made you open to attacks, you may be feeling the leading of the Holy Spirit to prune that from your life. In John 15, Jesus talks about the vine and the branches. If you are unfamiliar with the passage, girl, stop what you’re doing and go read it! It’s such a powerful message of why we sometimes go through discomfort as Christians. We need pruned so we can grow stronger in the Vine and bear more fruit, bringing God more glory.

So in the case of that pesky food that gives Satan a handle to attack us, sometimes we need that cut from our life so we can become stronger and bear more spiritual fruit.

So now that you know why God may ask you to give up a certain food, I want to give you a few questions to pray over as you consider God’s leading in your life.

  • Do you find yourself thinking about it when you aren’t eating it?
  • Do you feel guilty when you eat it?
  • Do you find yourself bargaining about eating it? (when to eat it, how much to eat, etc)
  • Have you felt convicted about eating it? (conviction is very different than condemnation!)
  • Has it come to mind while reading your Bible or praying?

The truth of this matter is that no one can tell you what you should do. This decision is between you and the Holy Spirit. But one thing that I have learned from personal experience is that if God is leading you to do something, obedience is the best decision you can make.

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