Show your thanks to the Lord for another day on earth by honoring Him with your body and your spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). However, if today is one of those days where the mere thought of dieting and exercising makes you feel tired, preparing your meals seems like a hated chore, you want to give in to your eating disorder triggers, and you can't talk yourself into working out, remember that you have an unlimited supply of power in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Encourage yourself to stay the course by verbally declaring to yourself and the enemy who is opposing you that, "I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME" (Philippians 4:13)! Then, DO IT! Get dressed, go to Zumba class, eat your healthy breakfast, pack your healthy lunch, serve your family a healthy dinner, keep your therapy appointment. Defeat the enemy again on THIS DAY! Don't worry about tomorrow! It's not promised, and it has enough evil to face and defeat in itself (Matthew 6:34). FOCUS on the baby steps before you to get through each second, minute, and hour of TODAY! Today and each successive day's victories will increase your confidence and faith that through Christ YOU CAN DO THIS because “the joy of the Lord is your strength Nehemiah 8:10!”
Remember, the race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong" (Ecclesiastes 9:11), "but he who endures to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 24:13). Every overweight person wants to achieve and permanently sustain weight loss success. Everyone entangled with an eating disorder wants to be set free. Unfortunately, we buy into the world's "microwave moment" standards and believe success should occur instantly. However, the Lord doesn't measure success by how quickly you accomplish your personal goals. On the contrary, Jesus said that whoever will be great in His kingdom must first and foremost become a servant (Matthew 20:26), and He exemplified how to do this as we carry out our kingdom building assignments.
Jesus' primary objective on earth was to be crucified on the Cross for mankind's sins, but on the way to the Cross, He taught, healed, fed, forgave, and resurrected many people. In other words, the King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of Peace chose to serve mankind while simultaneously completing His spiritual objective. On your health and fitness journey, it's easy to get tunnel vision as you focus on shedding pounds, losing inches, and adding definition to your physique. But remember over 1/3 of Americans are obese, so chances are you know someone who needs to "come see a man" (John 4:29) who can free them from the sin of gluttony just as He's freed you. Likewise, a high percentage of Americans also suffer from eating disorders and need to know that deliverance is not only possible, but it’s readily available through Christ.
"Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have, I give to you. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6)! LITERALLY walk in the Master’s footsteps by following His example! While you may not be healing the lame, you should encourage those who see your health and fitness success and want to obtain it to eat, drink, and exercise FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! Teach them what you've been taught. Encourage them as you've been encouraged. Continue to be the example they should follow. In truth, that's the whole point of your health and fitness success, to lift Jesus up before men so that they will be drawn to Him.
If you finally recognize that health and fitness was never meant to be a fleeting microwave moment of temporary success but a lifestyle of abundant living and overflowing blessings to those who see you succeed through Christ, then ORDER YOUR COPY of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition and start eating and drinking for the glory of God 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! Don’t procrastinate! Order your copy at Amazon.com and start serving the One True God in every aspect of your life, including your eating habits, TODAY!
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.