Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Every Bite Matters

If you have ever tried to lose weight you know the importance of being accountable for every bite you take; bites count.

You may not eat any of the cookies you just made, but you had a few bites of the batter; that still counts.  You didn't fix a bowl of ice cream yourself, but you cleaned the spoon after dishing it up for others; that still counts.  You are careful not to eat any of the brownies when they come out of the oven, but you did clean the bowl after making them; that still counts.

Every bite matters when it comes to sin too.

Just ask Adam and Eve. 

That one bite of the forbidden fruit changed everything.  Before that bite, Adam and Eve enjoyed a perfect relationship with God, walking with Him in the garden; with each other, they were naked and unashamed; and with all of creation, the ground produced food and the animals were friends.  You know what happened after that bite; we are living it out everyday.

But from the beginning God had a plan to restore those relationships changed by that one bite.

He gave a promise - Genesis 3:15 "And I will cause hostility between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He (Jesus) will strike your head, and you will strike his heel."  A Savior was coming.

He gave a covering - Genesis 3:21 "And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife."  Blood and death were required to cover their sin.

He gave provision  - Genesis 6:7,8 "Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them. But Noah found favor with the Lord."  God used the ark to save Noah and His family, and He used the cross to save us.  

Every bite matters.  There is no such thing as a little sin.

Sin changes everything.  The greatest casualty of sin is relationship.

God has a plan.  He is always the pursuer and He's chasing you.

Many blessings,

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  1. Hi Lisa - great post. With God there is no compromise. People think He is too hard and rigid. Yes, about sin, but He is also the God of grace and mercy, undeserved. Great encouragement to consider first, before biting!
    God bless

  2. ps: I have +1'd your post as I think it was great!

  3. Good analogy Lisa. Those little bites add up and causes us to become lax in our walk with God.

  4. "The greatest casualty of sin is relationship." So very sadly true both with God and others.
    Praise the Lord for not giving up on His creation!

  5. Great encouragement. Sin is sin, period. And every bite of little sin counts.

  6. Great analogy - I've never thought of it like that before. So true!

  7. really interesting I think I will "chew" on that all day.

  8. Awesome post. Love the relationship of the fruit ware sin started and how every bite matters. God Bless you and you work.

  9. I agree the bites matter because every sin is separation from God. And I love how He pursues us with conviction (and not condemnation) and then wraps us completely with His love and grace, satisfying us in ways we didn't even know we craved.

  10. Great analogy! Enjoyed reading your thoughts today.
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying the moments!

  11. Amen Lisa!! I love your last line,God has aplanm He is the pursuer and He is chasing you, love it!!

    Blessings to you Lisa, great post.

  12. Wonderful post Lisa. Thankfully God has a plan for us, and saw past our brokenness from the very beginning, all the while drawing us back to Him.


    Have a Blessed Day!

  13. Yup, I admit...I often try to categorize and hierarchize (is that even a word?) sins, but in fact, a sin is a sin is a sin -- they all, no matter how great or small, distance us from God.

  14. Great post Lisa. So glad that God does have a plan and He doesn't let you go!!

    Blessings to you...Chelle

  15. Great post! Sin is sin, no matter how big or small. Praise God He is a big, big God!