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Gwen Shamblin Lara - History of the Love of God Book

We read yesterday about the love God that is calling for from all of us.…Love is simply give and take. A relationship with God is reciprocal…or just give and take. “Sacrifice” is just another word for “give.” “Denial” is just another word for “give.” You deny (give) and God gives back (take). What do you take? You are taking God’s Holy Spirit, which gives you self-control, and self-control allows you to want less food. When you deny yourself (give), you will want less (take). To “want” less is simply super and supernatural—a true gift, especially in a world of greed. How ecstatic you are when you tap into this gift of the Holy Spirit, and so you actually want less food. You are elated because you know the end result of wanting less is permanent weight loss. How exhilarating if you want to talk less, drink less alcohol, spend less, lust less, overcome dependency on drugs or desire less attention, praise of man, accolades, material possessions, money, etc. This self-controlled life is wanting exactly what God wants you to have, which is usually less for people who are greedy, or more in such cases of controllers who are anorexic. Less is more and more is less, achieved only thru the Holy Spirit of God, and it is a compelling, life-transforming power that saves you from all heartaches in life. The purpose of denial is a relationship.

Therefore be aware…when you stop sacrificing (giving), you end the love between you and God and therefore the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you eat less or deny yourself, you will get the gift and want less, but if you go back to eating more, you will lose the gift and want more, as the Spirit of self-control is taken away little by little until you are given over to your own control as you wished. God gives you what you want. God did everything He could to show you the better way. Do whatever it takes to stay in the boundaries, and if you are given to greed—end it.

For more on this topic, read History of the Love of God, Volume II – A Love More Ancient than Time