Pursue, Overtake, and Recover
You may have heard it said that people, especially women try to attain impossible standards of beauty, especially as it relates to health and fitness. While there is truth in the statement, it is, paradoxically, also false. Attaining a healthy and fit body is possible, but the question is: are you willing to fight for it? When you start to see your health and fitness issues from God's perspective, like Adam and Eve your eyes are opened to the enemy's deception, and you realize that something precious has been stolen from you (Genesis 3:7). Suddenly, God's light illuminates the truth of the matter as if you had been standing in a darkened room. You can see that the enemy has not only stolen your body's flattering physique, but he has also stolen your self-confidence, your self-esteem, and your positive self-image. In many cases, he has cost you friends, romantic attachments, and taken your loved ones prematurely due to an obesity related illness or eating disorder. In the worst cases, he has also stolen your health, and you are dependent upon drugs to extend your life, therapy to learn how to walk or talk again, or other people to help you perform even minor daily activities.
Unlike Adam and Eve, this revelation is not necessarily a fatal one for us. In their case, disobedience meant immediate spiritual death and physical death later. It is actually the opposite for us. In terms of health and fitness and every other sin, the revelation brings about spiritual life when we repent through Christ and an extended physical life as we turn from our sin and obediently eat and drink for His glory! That is, it will if we do not wait until it is too late. Best of all, we get another benefit that was denied Adam and Eve in the natural. They could never return to the Garden of Eden, but God says to you the same thing He said to David after the enemy stole from him.
In 1 Samuel, Chapter 30, Both of David's wives and the family members of his men had been kidnapped during a raid while David was away from home. Ziklag was set on fire and burned. However, David wisely asked God whether or not he should pursue the enemy before he took up his weapons to fight. God’s answer was yes! I exhort you today in the Name of Jesus that victory is yours just as it was granted to David! You will lose the weight and keep it off for the rest of your days! You will finally be free of your eating disorder, but you must first be willing to put your war clothes on, show up on the battlefield, and fight for what is rightfully yours! Through Christ, take up your spiritual weapons and, "Pursue! For thou shalt surely overtake them and without fail recover all" (1 Samuel 30:8)!
If you are ready to pursue the enemy, overtake him, and recover your health and fitness through Christ, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify, the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
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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.