...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
I was reading this book by T.D. Jakes in which he was talking about taking control of your weight before it takes control of you. It's an old book, but a very imformative book; very helpful, useful, and thoughful. I think it takes a lot of courage to put your life on display, especially to be helpful to others. Therefore, I commend him for his efforts and the outpouring concern of others.
In the book, he talks about being overweight, which lets face it, a great percentage of Americans are, and how we must get our weight under control before we succumb to serious health issues. He teaches how to use the Word of God to help with our weight issues. Just as we use the Bible to fight against the enemy when he attacks us in our finances, our relationships, children, etc., that we can use those same principles to battle our weight.
I have learn that inorder to fight any battle, you must recognize that there is one. You have to acknowledge that there is a need for change. Once you acknowledge that you need to change in a particular area (you know what area you need to tackle head on), you have to figure out the root cause of the problem. This can be very hard, painful, and uncomfortable to do, but it is necessary inorder to bring about the change you want to see. Once you have discovered the root of your problem, you can then begin to precede to the next stage: which is retraining your brain. You have to change the way you think about the situation. This is where biblical principles come in. Romans 12:2 tells us, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." However, in order to renew your mind, you have to know what God says about your situation as well as you. You have to know who you are in Christ, who He says you are, before you can ever see yourself differently. Once you start to accept who God says you are, then your words and actions will start to line up with what you believe.Then you can move forward with the change you want to take place in your life.
God has been so gracious and kind to give us this roadmap (the bible) to lead, guide, direct us in every aspect of our lives. We just have to use it for the purpose it was written for. It's not just to put on the coffee table for decorations, or to take to church on Sundays. It is for us to learn and to grow in the Lord and to know His purpose for our lives. We do ourselves a disservice an injustice when we neglect to read and then apply these Godly principles to our lives.The bible says to him that knoweth and do it not, to him is sin. For those of you who have the knowledge and yet refuse to act upon it, to you it is sin. For those of you who aren't knowlegeable (actually if you are reading this blog, you are now), I recommend that you read your bible, study it, an apply it to your every day lives; that is if you really want to change for the better. Hopefully you do.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:2-3