In 2012, I received a phone call that no woman wants to get. My gynecologist’s office contacted me to return to the office that day because I had an abnormal pap smear. I’d had abnormal pap smears before that turned out to be nothing, so I argued with the receptionist because I did not think the matter warranted leaving work in the middle of the day until she said in frustration that the test results indicated a large grade carcinoma had been discovered on my cervix. When I heard those words, fear fell on me like a crumbling thirty story building. In my mind at the time, only one thought played in a continuous loop: Carcinoma = Cancer = Death!
I learned two very important things that day. #1: Fear is an evil, cowardly spirit (2 Timothy 1:7) that physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually attacks us even when we are at our weakest points. #2: The Secret Place of the Most High God (Psalm 91:1) is also very real. I know firsthand because God hid me under His shadow and gave me refuge under His wings (Psalm 91:1-4) from the enemy’s frightening and tormenting thoughts (1 John 4:18-20).
According to the spirit of fear, I was already dead. It was just a matter of time before my body would be placed in a decorative box and covered with dirt. Nevertheless, God expelled all of the fear when I called on Him, and He exposed the lies with His truth. By the time I arrived at the doctor’s office, the tears and the fear were gone completely. As a result, I waited patiently and peacefully for biopsy results which took about three (3) days to come back. The results revealed that I was far from dead. Although a large area of my cervix was affected, the abnormal cells were precancerous. I had a simple fifteen (15) minute procedure in the doctor’s office to remove them. What does all that have to do with health and fitness?
People attend the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness class all the time because they are afraid. Some have already been diagnosed with obesity related diseases. Others have been told to lose weight or they will be placed on insulin, hypertension, or cholesterol lowering medications. Some even fear they are slowly slipping backwards into bondage to an eating disorder. Many have seen loved ones lose limbs to diabetes, become paralyzed due to strokes, or die in a matter of minutes due to massive heart attacks.
Consequently, EAW Ministries Class participants are very often afraid because they already know how their lives will end unless something changes. One of the best things about EAW Ministries is receiving praise reports from those who have taken the class. God proves again and again that the spirit of fear is a liar. You will not die if you repent and call on God to save you. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)! He resurrects dead arteries, kidneys, livers, and pancreases. He heals and saves to the utmost, and gives eternal life in Heaven and life more abundantly on earth (John 10:10) to those who love Him and keep His commandments. The first step of obedience is knowing those commandments. That’s where Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries can help.If you are ready to enter the Secret Place of the Most High and be free of the evil spirit of free in regard to your health and fitness, register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Class. The course begins on August 21, 2023, at 6:00 pm CST via Zoom. Space is limited so go to www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org to register now! Then purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. The classes and books will teach you the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!