God promised Abraham and his descendants, the Children of Israel, that He would give them the Promised Land which flowed with milk and honey. The only problem was that the land was inhabited by the Canaanites who lived in fortified cities with seasoned armies and by the giants who lived in the mountainous regions of Canaan.
Consequently, the Israelites were afraid of what they saw even though God had just miraculously delivered them from enslavement by the Egyptians.
We hypocritically criticize them harshly for their lack of faith, but we are guilty of doing the very same thing in our own lives, even when it comes to being set free from obesity and eating disorders.
Like the Israelites, many of you focus on what it will take to succeed instead of on the promise of success through Christ. You see the number of pounds you have to lose, recall how difficult it has been to resist the temptation to eat what you crave, and doubt that you can ever successfully climb your way out of the mountain of weight you have put on.
Likewise, those suffering from eating disorders cannot imagine eating three (3) meals per day instead of starving themselves to death, or they see no end to the cycle of bingeing and purging that has a devastating grip on their lives.
God’s gift to you is the same as it was to the Israelites, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, and David. The gift is the victory that is assured through Christ not the avoidance of the battle. God is your secret weapon!
You will not be on the battlefield alone. On the contrary, what you will discover is He will fight for you, for the battle is not yours, it is the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15).
Nevertheless, you must show up on the battlefield with healthy meals, by exercising on your dusty treadmill, by resisting cravings, and refusing to give in to the temptation to return to your old eating habits. You must not yield to fatigue or be intimidated by how many pounds you must lose to achieve your goal.
You must continue to consume healthy foods and beverages when you do not want another carrot or a bottle of water, even if Satan is trying to convince you that food is your enemy and should be abstained from. When there seems to be a stalemate, meaning a plateau, trust God to turn the tide of the battle in your favor.
In the end, your testimony will be that you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37) enough to bless you with the laurels of success when the battle is over just as an athlete receives a medal for winning a race after months and years of training.
If you are ready to finally win the health and fitness war through Christ and take possession of the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life, 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.
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