Your mind can get you into big trouble, especially when you believe the enemy’s lies.
Recently, I had a stressful day. It was one of those days in which it did not feel good to be in a body!
I received some bad news. My head hurt and muscle tension made me uncomfortable.
Then, the enemy came calling. He suggested that the way out of my anxiety was to go get a cookie.
Now in the old days, I would not have questioned that “solution.” I would have just gone for it!
But this time, I asked myself 1 crucial question:
“Would that help this problem?”
No, it would not. The problem would still be there after the cookie was gone.
Plus, eating the cookie would only hijack my brain, making me want to eat more. Hhat would just add a new problem on top on the old one!
In the end, I did not go get a cookie. I prayed and had a talk with my heavenly Daddy about the problem.
He gave me a new perspective and a solution to the problem!
When you face emotional upsets, the most natural thing to do is to go to the last place of known comfort.
For those who suffer from emotional eating, that usually means going back “into the food”!
However as believers in Jesus, we have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16).
That is supernatural power!
What was the main thing on Jesus’ mind?
Jesus had a one-track mind to:
In Luke 2:49 when He was just 12 years-old, Jesus said to His parents:
“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business (see Luke 2:49)?”
Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, He accomplished His purpose: He made it possible for we who believe in Him to have everlasting life.
We may sin as believers in Jesus, but sin no longer reigns over us as it once did. God’s grace gives us power to do what we could not do B.C. (before Christ).
We were once dead in sin, but now alive in Christ!
Here are 2 reasons we have victory over sin through God’s grace:
When the enemy tried to tempt Jesus to turn stone into bread after Jesus had fasted for 40 days, Jesus used God’s word:
“But Jesus answered him, saying, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
In this statement, Jesus says that God’s word is as important to us as the food we eat.
Without God’s word, we won’t learn how to think God’s way. We need a mind makeover to make better decisions.
In my case when tempted with the cookie, I used God’s word to make wise decisions:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Once I did those things in the midst of my anxiety, God’s peace came to me – just as His word promised!
Do you see how this works?
When you learn how to manage your emotions God’s way, you learn to live in the Lord’s peace and joy so that you can do the work He has called you to do, without old habits weighing you down.
The Lord says in Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Your mind makeover allows you to operate as a new creation in Jesus, a thriving member of His body!
Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. Do you struggle with eating too much sugar? If so, you are not alone!
Overcoming sugar addiction was a key factor on my journey to losing 85 pounds and dropping from a size 22 to a size 8.
In our 14-day Sugar Detox Challenge (inside the the Take Back Your Temple program), you’ll get the same success strategies and support to gain peace in your eating habits and achieve lasting weight loss success.
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