"...the Truth will set you free."
originally written & posted
3 Nov 16

photograph by: Shirley/Missouri/October 2016
Last year I was set on a path that led to many discoveries about the food I was consuming. In the process, I found the keys that set me free from chains of addiction. I was so excited that I just HAD to share with others. Many were excited for me but they kept consuming the fake stuff because it tasted good.
I lasted for almost a whole year before
becoming disheartened at traveling this road alone.
So many others with the same diagnosis as me chose to just take a pill and/or a shot so they could keep eating the way they always have. They didn't want to walk the road I was on because it wasn't the easiest road. I became discouraged. I allowed the words of others to haunt me and they hit me at my weakest points ("just a little won't hurt anyone"..."but it tastes so good!"). I allowed some of the fake foods back in. The cravings returned. My body started regaining some of the weight it had lost. I stopped viewing and treating the artificial ingredients as the poisons they are and started believing the lies that they won't hurt me.
Depression settled in like a slow-moving, enveloping fog.
As I struggled to regain my footing at the bottom of this pit,
I was reminded of the Biblical prophets.

Many were overjoyed to discover God's truth. Some were straight up awestruck. 
They were excited to interact personally with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were instructed to share with the people so that everyone could know the Truth and be free. Many were met with resistance, disbelief and rebellion. Some were even killed because of their testimony. I can only imagine the level of discouragement and disheartenment that occurred among those who bore the Truth as they watched people turn away from the God who loves them.
Yet in spite of fierce opposition, the Truth remained and endured.

It is a difficult thing to know the truth that will set people free but watch them ignore it and keep suffering consequences that could have been avoided
if only they would listen and accept what is true.
This fact applies to many different areas of life: faith, food, finances, etc.

I was slowly sinking into despair over the food stuff. I knew what God, Himself, told me to do, what He told me to let go of and when I had obeyed, it opened up doors to a freedom I had never known in my physical body.
However, becoming distracted by what others were
doing and not doing was sinking my joy and blinding me.
I had forgotten the lyric line of a song that had played in my head often in the early days of my own food adventure. It is one that had also sustained me
when I felt alone in my walk with Christ in my teen years.
"Though none go with me still I will follow. No turning back."

We must cling to what we know is true! In all matters of life we must hold steadfast to the only firm foundation: Truth. Lies are in abundance,
we must seek and apply discernment to recognize fact from fiction.  
The days ahead will become darker than we have ever seen in our lifetime. 
We must not be distracted from the Truth that is offered to save us from
both the enemy of God and our own sinful nature.
Our very lives depend on it, both the temporal and the eternal.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
 Do what it says.
James 1:22

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” 
Luke 11:28

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight,
but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 
Romans 2:13

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 
John 8:34-36

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photograph by: Shirley/Missouri/Sept 2016