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Sistas Saving Sistas for Christ


"Having It My Way"

Posted on 29 March, 2019 at 0:00

God declares that I should, “Be holy as He is holy,” (1 Peter 1:5) & (Lev. 11:44-45) and “Walk in the Spirit so that I will not fulfill the lustful desires of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16) 
Good morning Sistas.
I've got to tell you, recently I had a rude awakening. I woke up to see that I am overweight. Sistas, you know the sad part about it is that I’ve been overweight for 29 years. I say that I was able to see it because that’s the day when I became fully aware of it. Not so much of the weight, but the reason for it. It’s not like I didn’t notice it before. It's not like I haven’t tried to overcome it many, many, many times before. But this time something clicked. When the revelation came to me I went to my Father in prayer. Initially I went to complain about being overweight and then I ended up trying to explain about being overweight. How many of us know me explaining myself away didn't work? And this next question that He asked proves it.
After I was done, He asked, “So when did you go back to eating what you want?”
          I thought, “Lord what are you talking about?”
And He explained that, “Being overweight has become my lifestyle by choice. It didn’t happen by accident. The truth is I have been choosing to maintain an unhealthy way of eating for 29 years.”
          And I still didn’t comprehend until He said, “When you decided to eat what you wanted instead of what you know nurtures and nourishes your body, that’s when you chose to remain overweight and unhealthy.”
          Sistas, that got my attention because I know what to do and how to do it but I just have not done it. For instance, I’ve taken the time to train in nutritional balance, but I’ve neglected to practice it. And therefore I haven’t been reaping the benefits from the wisdom.  And furthermore, I was sinning. The bible says, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins” (James 4:17).
After spending some time meditating on what He said to me, I came to the understanding that I simply cannot eat, nor do anything that I want. I was not created to "have it my way".  Even when my body is craving sugar and I know I’m allergic to it, I can’t "have it my way". Even when I really want to eat out, Sistas, I can’t "have it my way". And when I’m bored and wanting to snack my way through it, I still can’t "have it my way".
          God has not designed my body to take in junk food and excess calories and thrive. It’s just not going to happen. So in taking inventory of the situation, I’ve noticed that when I eat what is nurturing and nourishing to my body it responds by shedding the excess pounds. Another by product of nurturing and nourishing my body is increased energy and clarity in my thinking. The most fascinating benefit that I’ve noticed is that I’m not thinking about or craving food all day long, it does not master me.
          After I revisited the weight loss story for the ump-teenth time, I have finally realized that my good health comes not from my ability to get it right, but to do it right. I have struggled for years trying to overcome obesity on my own strength, when all I really needed to do was be obedient.
Years ago, God taught me what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and why. But like others who have failed at the diet thing, I would start a healthy eating plan but never finish it. I would return to eating what I wanted instead of what is right for me. And that’s when I would hear a knock on the door of my conscience telling me that it was a failure. And that knock would usually lead to him taking me to go meet up with guilt and condemnation. And eventually we would go to the house of pity, which would always throw a party, and invite me to celebrate defeat, with pain and suffering leading the festivities.
         Sistas, the world will tell us that we can eat to our heart’s content, but when I do that, five minutes after the feast I’m sick and tired and needing a nap. For me understanding that I don’t have the right to eat anything and everything because it’s not God’s best for me, really helped me. God has a prescribed way of living in every area of life, including what is best for my body, which is the temple of the living God.
          God declares that I should, “Be holy as He is holy,” (1 Peter 1:5) & (Lev. 11:44-45) and “Walk in the Spirit so that I will not fulfill the lustful desires of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16)
          I’ve noticed that when I keep my mind stayed on Jesus, I don’t give into the temptation of the devil. And when I keep my mind stayed on Jesus, I’m able to drop the excess weight easily because food is not my comforter. But as soon as I take my mind off Jesus and put it back on me, that’s when I return to "having it my way". This results in me hanging out with failure, pity, defeat, pain, and needless suffering.
          By keeping my mind stayed on Jesus, I get to see myself through His eyes. My weaknesses are diminished and my strengths are magnified. And the only master I have is the One that loves me. Sistas, let’s not become slaves to sin when we can become victorious in righteousness. "Having it our way" is not God’s way. So let’s turn around and follow Him. He will lead us to victory. Be Blessed and Victorious!!!

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