The following is a devotion I wrote to encourage you if you feel the same way. This devotion is included in my best-selling book, The Weight Loss Scriptures: The 30-Day Daily Devotional for Weight Loss Motivation.
Today’s Focus Scripture
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14).
I receive a lot of emails, and the ones that always sadden me the most are from people who condemn themselves because of their obese state. And because they condemn themselves and others have condemned them, they think that God must condemn them too. Nothing could be further from the truth!
God is about restoration, not condemnation. He sees differently than human beings see.Think of it like x-ray vision. God can look right past your body, straight into your heart and mind. He sees all the invisible thoughts and behaviors that contributed to your physical results. And He has the ability to help you change them.
If you have been condemning yourself for your weight gain and generally being unforgiving to yourself then I believe it saddens God. Why? Because through His grace, He has set you free from garbage thinking. Continuing to put yourself down plays straight into the hands of the enemy.
The enemy wants you to be so condemned and discouraged that you get deeper into bondage. But sin no longer has dominion over you. The only power it has is that which you choose to give it.
Remember who your Father is. The enemy says, “Look at your sin, look at your sin.” But God says, “Look at MY GRACE, Look at MY GRACE.”
In your weight loss journey, think restoration not condemnation. Forgive yourself for your past; after all there is nothing you can do about it. The body you have now is just a snapshot of the choices you made in the past. The choices you make now will determine the body in which you will live in the future.
A necessary part of embracing health is embracing grace. In that way, you can walk in freedom and newness of life, which is the gift that Christ died to give you.
Be blessed in Health, Healing, and Wholeness,
Take Back Your Temple
P.S. The Take Back Your Temple program includes 30 inspirational audio messages I created that are based upon my Weight Loss Scriptures book. These are audio messages you can listen to online or download. That way, when you need a friendly voice to encourage you to keep going on your weight loss journey, you’ll have me right there!
Let’s face it – some days, you may feel stronger than one others. But if you have a friend to encourage you when you stumble, it is much easier (and quicker) to get back up and keep going. Consistency is the key to success. When you can keep going no matter what, then you will finally succeed in reaching your ideal weight and maintain it for life.
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