For reasons unexplained I watch the show Ancient Aliens. This week’s episode was mostly about a fake god that is mentioned in the Bible called Dagon.
In this story, told in 1 Samuel, the Israelites had taken the ark into battle against the Philistines. But, God was not with them. They thought that if they had the ark it would guarantee them the win. Alas, Israel was again in a state of sinful rebellion against God and He was about to teach them a hard lesson. They lost the battle and the ark.
The Philistines too will learn a lesson as God shows them that the ark is not merely another fake god.
Much the same today, the symbols and artifacts once representing our holy God have been taken and dishonored.
They have been used to prop up false doctrine and cults.
Just like the Israelites failed to understand that the ark was not God, and its presence was not going to produce victory in their battle without God, the “in name only” Christians of this day will fail.
My God is powerful and will bring glory to His name. To you and me His timing may be slow, but be assured that God will not be mocked or defamed without bringing a judgement against those who dishonor Him.
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord . So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord . And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
1 SAMUEL 5:2-5 NASB
Trudging or striding, struggling or thriving, blindly or purposeful.
However you get there, make sure you are headed in the direction that the one true God has told you to go. As we know the path that leads to destruction is wide and there is no speed limit.
Stride, thrive and be purposeful. Trudging blindly through life and struggling aimlessly without purpose is not in God’s plan for you. You were made for a purpose, and in that purpose you will find rest that surpasses understanding.
I’m not talking about “rest” like you won’t have to do anything. I mean like the rest you feel when God gives you strength, and you learn that contentment and hope are not bad words.
Like the apostle Paul, we press on toward a future hope and a future reward. We live blessed lives, though maybe not in the same standard as the world. Our final destination is not death and a grave. Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead and He will do the same for us when He returns if we believe in Him. But before we die we have a purpose.
And when we think we don’t know what God’s purpose is for our life, well, then we plug in wherever a need is found while we wait on that big flashing sign. Lord, help us by sending a big flashing sign and please don’t let us miss it.
Our life purpose should bring glory to God. We should always strive to bring fame only to His name in whatever we do. And we should use every part of our being for His glory. Jesus told us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). So, let’s use our whole being for His glory.
As we work, we work for His glory. As we exercise, we exercise for His glory. As we study, we study for HIs glory. As we speak, we speak for and to His Glory. This is our ultimate purpose.
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.” PHILIPPIANS 3:13-16 NASB
As I’ve blogged before, one of the major turning points in my weight loss journey was using the Myfitnesspal App to track my food intake and calorie burn.
After losing twenty pounds just tracking calories, I hit a plateau. But after reading a few helpful blogs and getting advice from athletes I knew at work, I determined that I needed to start looking at my sugar intake. That included simple sugar and carbohydrates.
To this day I stick to one big sweet treat a week and stick to my goal on the other six days. And I try to only ever eat a big carb meal if I’m going for a cardio adventure lasting more than 45 minutes within the next two days.
Myfitnesspal helps me keep track of those nutrients and macros as well as the calories. And while the base goal setting is great, my goal was to go a little more aggressive in weight loss and to begin to see more muscle tone.
After consulting again with a few pros I decided to set my carbohydrate goal down to 40% of calorie intake and set my protein goal to 30%. The base macro nutrient setting in Myfitnesspal can be updated to help with this. Below are the steps to do this in the Myfitnesspal App:
Open Myfitnesspal and click the hamburger menu button at the top left, then click on the Goals menu:
Under the Nutrition Goals section, click the option to show Carbs, Protein and Fat by meal. Then click on the calories, carbs, protein and fat goals section.
Click on Carbohydrates and change it to your desired goal and then do the same for protein. (the base goal setting has carbs at 50% of calories, to high for me)
Make sure the % adds up to 100%. That’s it.
Now Myfitnesspal will start showing you your macros for each meal and will alert you when you are going over your goals in you daily food diary.
You can also go view your full day and past day information in the Nutrition section of the diary. Click on Nutrition at the bottom of the daily food diary.
You can also click into each nutrient section to see what foods are highest in that group.
See more details on how the Nutrient goals automatically adjust based on the exercise you log in the APP by reading this post.
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