Who Said It ... Steve McVey
McVey is president of Grace Walk Ministries (gracewalk.org), a
discipleship training ministry that seeks to help Christians discover
the freedom of their new life in Christ. He is the author of numerous
books including Walking in the Will of God and The Grace Walk
Devotional—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He and
his wife, Melanie, live in Atlanta and have four adult children and
What He Said ... The Downside of Religious Rules
dieted many times and found one thing to be true: When I'm dieting I
crave the foods I know aren't good for me. Telling myself I can't have
them only causes me to want them more.
Of course, I know a strict diet isn't the recommended way to lose
weight and keep it off, but like the majority of people who want to
thin down, I've attempted it anyway. The many diets I've tried haven't
taught me much about health and nutrition, but they sure have taught me
a lot about the power of the law in our lives.
Here I speak of "the law" in the sense of religious rules. Despite what
we may have believed, religious rules don't help us live a godly
life-style. To the contrary, Paul wrote that sinful actions are
actually strengthened by the law (1 Cor. 15:56).
The dietary parallel to this spiritual reality is to tell a man he
cannot, under any circumstances, eat pizza. Then guess what food he is
constantly drawn to eat. That's what law does … in any context.
Key Study Passage: Galatians 3-5
Prayer for the Week:
Father, may I remember that I can't rid myself of sin by my own effort
and that Christ died and rose again to free me from the power of sin