I’ve got a question for you today: What are you hoping for in your Christian weight loss goals?
The reason I asked is that I often receive emails from people who ask for help.
So they feel hopeless to change.
To help myself determine if I can assist them, I’ve devised a simple test.
This test is based on some words the Lord said to Abram (later renamed Abraham).
Before the Lord told Abram He was giving him the land of Canaan as an inheritance, the Lord asked Abram to do something first.
Here are the words, found in Genesis 13:14-17:
And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
Did you catch what the Lord told Abram to do first?
Actually, it was a combination of things. And both things were related to Abram’s ability to hope.
Here is a simple test that will help me make a point:
1. Stand up with your feet about shoulder-width apart.
2. Look down at the floor between your feet. Pick out a point between your feet to keep your eyes fixed upon. Pretend that point is a painful incident from your past.
3. Start to walk forward, but do not lift up your head. You must keep your eyes fixed on that point. Even as you move forward, do not take your eyes off that original point. Remember, you must keep your head down.
How far forward did you get? Not very far, did you?
To be able to see that same point, you had to bring your head down lower so that you could still look at that point from between or around your legs.
Or else you cheated and lifted up your head so that you could look back over your shoulder to that point behind you.
Eventually, you had to make a choice:
1. “Do I stand still so that I can keep looking at the point that is behind me?”
2.“Do I lift up my eyes, look ahead and start moving in that direction?”
Many people have made that first choice, whether they admit it or not.
For people like that who write me, I cannot assist them. So my test involves determining if that person can see from the place where they are.
Here is why being able to see ahead is so important: Even if I could help the person move forward a little bit, their fixation on the past is going to sabotage them eventually.
It would be unfair of me not to tell them this truth.
The best thing I can do is pray for them or join them in prayer that God open their eyes to the truth. Then, they can decide whether to reject that truth (unwilling to change) or to accept it, lift up their head, look ahead, and walk in the truth.
So back to my original question: What are you hoping for? What do you see – the things that are behind or are you looking ahead?
For those who are looking ahead, take a moment to post what you are hoping for in the Comments section.
But I have one more request. Write it as if it has already happened, as if the things you are hoping for are already your present experience. I want your vision to be so detailed that you can see how your life has changed from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed.
I am looking forward to reading about what you are hoping for!
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?
I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald
The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
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