Our pastor preached an impactful message that relates to so much of what we are doing with Take Back Your Temple.
The message was based upon Psalm 11:3:
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Below are my notes from his message. I hope it makes you think about the state of your own Spiritual foundation:
They are only concerned with looking good, not in developing goodness in their lives.
That was the Pharisees’ problem in the Bible.
However, this creates a bigger problem. If the foundation issue is never addressed, the cracks will come back!
If the foundational problems are severe enough, they will eventually cause a collapse!
I believe this picture illustrates the core problem with the diet industry; it is about crack filling, not addressing the foundational issues that cause the problem in the first place.
That is why so many people lose and regain weight.
This is the reason why the first 2 steps of the Take Back Your Temple program address the foundation of your life.
We focus on these before we even start talking about eating and exercise.
From my own weight loss journey, I’ve learned that it does little good to address eating and exercise if life issues have you collapsing under the weight of them and turning to addictions to cope.
Here are signs that you have foundational problems in your life:
1. A negative/nasty attitude
2. Lack of commitment
3. Operating in fear
4. Getting jealous or envious of others’ successes; unable to celebrate with them
5. Becoming offended easily
6. Practicing addictions or out of control spending habits (example: have 100 pairs of shoes but don’t have $50 in the bank)
7. Can’t get along with other people; always in conflict with someone
Let this year be the year each of us builds a stronger Spiritual and emotional foundation.
It’s not “sexy” or exciting but it will enable you to remain standing in times of shaking.
1 Peter 2:6 says,
“Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
A cornerstone is “an important feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.”
Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, does He not have the right to determine what happens in them?
Following the Lord’s way is the only way to ensure our foundations remain secure!
Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,
Author 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 to losing 85 pounds. But I discovered that you can win the Spiritual and mental battle that can make you inconsistent and lose motivation on your weight loss journey.
I developed the Take Back Your Temple program to show you how you can win the battle too.
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