It is so easy to lose control. We are just so sinful by nature and we always run to find something that will fill us up inside; instead of the Father’s love. The last few weeks, I have put a new vigor into my diet. Now, for most folks, they need to lose a little weight to be healthy and look good in that bathing suit. I need to lose weight because, if I don’t, it will literally, lead to my death. I have a couple of health conditions; that if I am carrying too much weight, will lead to my destruction. When I was diagnosed with these conditions, it was really hard to put my old Italian buffet style appetite to rest. I struggled with the portions, the meal times, the blandness of the food and the expense and inconvenience of portioning EVERYTHING. I grew tired of it. You see, I never looked at it as a lifestyle change. I tried to put the new food in the old way of thinking and that just didn’t work. I failed in my first attempt at being healthier. It just seemed that I was doomed under the “old ways” of thinking. So, a couple of days ago, I was having my “together time” with the Lord and I was praying for God to help me with my diet and my commitment. As I was pouring my heart out to the Lord, I ran across this verse in the book of Romans. Here is the verse : Romans 7:6 “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. ”
God is telling me, through Paul’s letter to the Romans, that I am no longer a slave to my sin. I have been released from that gluttony because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior with the Holy Spirit firmly taking up residence there in. You know what people; when we ask forgiveness of our sins, we then need to turn from that sin and live anew in the Spirit. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, I no longer feel doomed to repeat my sin of gluttony; over and over and over again. I have been set free of those chains and now have a choice to walk a more excellent path. I know it will be hard. I know I will struggle; but my strength is not my own. The Creator of heaven and earth is always there to guide me through the rough seas and bring me safely to the harbor. I began to live a healthier life and have victory over this sin, when I realized I was doing it in my own power and that never works; at least not for me. When I get upset at my self for a little setback, I try to remember the words of Jesus in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Hey, when I fail, Jesus’ grace is there for me. We need to realize that we are weak and He is strong. If you are struggling with your weight, or a sin that is weighing heavy on your mind, please do this for yourself right now: Stop what you are doing and pray these 2 things. #1 Ask for forgiveness of that sin and strength to turn away from it. #2 Ask the Lord to show you how it is ok to be weak, because Christ’s grace is sufficient for you.
If you need some prayer, please feel free to leave a comment and I will pray for you and your struggle
God bless you all. You truly are an inspiration to me.
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The Great Plains Poet, champion over gluttony and receiver of Christ’s grace,
Blocking The View Of My Shoes
a poem by Chris T.
Please pass me by with that piece of cake
For don’t you know I’m watching my weight
Just keep on going with that dessert cart
Don’t ask me to taste; please don’t you start
For I seem to struggle with things that are sweet
And chocolate makes me dance on my feet
Bringing quick joy to my appetite
And if I am allowed, I’ll take bite after bite
What’s this expansion behind my belt
A sluggish disposition is now being felt
My doctor cries “Stop eating yourself to death”
He acts like I am addicted to drugs, maybe Meth
Why can’t I stop wielding this fork
Shoveling bits of beef and pork
Making sure every entrée has bacon
Devouring every food that’s been taken
When did I lose self-control
I wonder if this method has taken its toll
The damage to me and to my overall state
Will my gluttony cease before it’s too late
I’m having a hard time looking in the mirror
And the warnings could not be any clearer
Today is the day that I choose to lose
The lump that is blocking the view of my shoes