Leaving Your Comfort Zone
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32).” Satan uses the ignorance of God's people against them. The Bible confirms this fact in Hosea 4:6 which states, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because they have rejected knowledge..." The devil's plan is to steal years off your life by keeping you entangled with the sin of gluttony and failing take care of your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit by eating and drinking for the glory of God. If successful, gluttony and eating disorders will ultimately bring about your untimely death and destroy the abundant life God meant for you to share with your family. Regardless of how many times you've failed at dieting, breaking the cycle of bingeing and purging, or resisting your anorexia nervosa triggers in the past, don't give up! Don't let the enemy win! Seek the knowledge of God in regard to your battle to lose weight and overcome eating disorder. Your life depends on it.
The Bible says that without a vision the people perish, but he that keeps the law is happy (Proverbs 29:18). That's why having an image in your head of the healthy and fit version of yourself is critical to your success. God has provided the vision for an abundant, healthy and fit life through His Word and made it plain (Habakkuk 2:2). All you have to do is run with it, that is, obey it, and you will finally have weight loss success and conquer any eating disorder that has been a stronghold in your life! But without taking steps to make the vision a reality, the vision is nothing more than an unfulfilled dream. The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is action! A dreamer hopes his dream will come true. The visionary makes the dream come true. Remember, "Faith without works is dead (James 2:20)." God has given you the vision of a better you as a seed of faith in what you are destined to become. It's up to you to do the work of planting the seed and watering it. That means, you must believe that you can achieve it and by faith take steps to make the dream your reality.
The power of the Holy Spirit is within you, and as Christians, "We walk by faith not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). Learning to eat for God's glory may seem like a daunting task, but if, like Abraham, you leave behind your comfortable surroundings, meaning your sinful eating habits, in obedience to God, you will inherit the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life! Although achieving your weight loss goals and overcoming an eating disorder will take time, please remember that everything has a beginning. In order to accomplish anything in life, you must first take a step towards your destination. The road may be long with detours, potholes, roadkill, and accidents along the way, but it's passable. A step turns into feet. Feet become yards. Yards become miles. Before long, you can't see the point of origin even though the destination still hasn't come into focus. But if you keep moving forward through Christ, eventually, you will arrive!
Romans 12:1 teaches that we should present our bodies as living sacrifices which are holy and acceptable to God. When you become a living sacrifice, your lifestyle reflects it. Those who knew the past version of you marvel at the change, and those who hear your testimony about who you used to be and the things you used to do have difficulty believing it is true. Not only does your behavior change, but your very character is fundamentally different. The result is the same when you turn away from the sin of gluttony and failing to eat and drink for the glory of God in order to honor God with your body as with every other sin. Those who knew you as an overweight glutton, an anorexic, or a sufferer of any other eating dysfunction will marvel at how God has changed your life. Those who meet the healthy you will find it difficult to believe you've ever known a fat day, almost starved to death, or vomited after every meal. The fact that you were able to overcome your sinful nature through Christ will plant seeds of faith in others that they can do the same. In other words, it's not really about you, about losing weight, or conquering eating disorders. It's actually all about reaching the lost, setting the captives free, and preventing others from becoming ensnared by the sin of gluttony, making idols of their stomachs, and failing to eat for the glory of God.
If you’re ready and willing to leave your comfort zone and trust God to work on your behalf in terms of weight loss and eating disorders, register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Kidz Initiative! Classes for o children and their families begin on Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:00 pm CST! Classes for adults begin on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The class is FREE! The course can be taken online via Periscope or attended in person at Otter Creek Community Church located at 13000 Quail Run Drive in Little Rock, Arkansas. Visit our website at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org to register for the 12-week course. If you’re unable to attend the class, then order your copy of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition TODAY! In the book, you will learn the Biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God! As you apply the principles to your life, the Holy Spirit will empower you to lead your children to do the same and succeed where so many others have failed! Order your copy of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online NOW at Amazon.com.
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Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.