I call it a “dynamite” scripture because if you believe, meditate, and act upon it, it blows feelings of defeat right up.
What is this scripture?
It is Isaiah 41:10, one of my favorites:
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When you feel defeated, you may think you are all alone.
You may think that nobody understands what you are going through.
It can be seductive to nurture self-pitying, defeated thoughts. I’ve been there. In a weird way, it can feel good to feel bad!
If you’ve thought this way for a long time, this thinking pattern can be comforting, like slipping under an old blanket.
It becomes your way of hiding out when the world becomes too much to deal with.
But even though the feelings are real, the thoughts behind them are deceptive.
When I found myself in this pit, I realized that I was entertaining a “familiar spirit” – one that meant me no good. A familiar spirit finds rest when your emotions are in torment!
When your emotions are in torment, that is when you are in the most danger to practice destructive habits, like emotional or binge eating.
However, one of the reasons God gives us His word is so that we can recognize His truth from lying thoughts the enemy puts into our minds – and walk according to the truth.
Let’s break down Isaiah 41:10:
God tells us that the basis for which you can have courage is to recognize that He is with you. Whatever your feelings say, the truth remains: God never leaves you nor forsake you. It is always your choice whether to believe God’s word or your feelings if they contradict one another.
Dismayed means that you are discouraged and give up hope. However, the key to counteracting that feeling is to remember the God that you serve. You serve the God who:
– Parted the Red Sea
– Brought new life to barren wombs
– Helped His people defeat countless enemies
– Restored sight to blinded eyes
– Made the lame walk
– Raised people from the dead
Is anything too hard from the Lord? No!
The same God promises to:
No higher reassurance exists than that! If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to write down the answer to this question:
What small thing could I do right now to move forward with the Lord on my side?”
Taking even just a small action in faith rather than allowing defeat to paralyze you will do wonders for your energy and outlook.
It may take time to learn new ways of thinking and acting. But if you are consistent with meditation and practice, you will develop a thankful heart as 2 Corinthians 2:14 becomes your reality:
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
By the way, that is why one of the resources given in the Take Back Your Temple program is the eBook, “Prayers and Promises to Take Back Your Temple.”
In the eBook, I give specific prayers and promises of encouragement and as a rock on which to stand. These are very helpful, especially if you feel anxious or ever feel like giving up in your weight loss plan.
You learn how to renew your mind to God’s word every day so that you will develop faith that cannot be shaken as His word takes root in you.
The Bible says that the renewing of your mind transforms you (see Romans 12:2).
So resolve today to be diligent in renewing of your mind to God’s word and putting it in practice. In the day of trial, you will able to stand firm with supernatural confidence that will astonish you!
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