Bible Passage:Romans 7:14-25
Focus Verse:Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV
You probably know that most healthy adults can lose weight. There are scads of testimonials about people losing weight and saying, "If I can do it, you can, too!" In fact, a ton of books are out there from people who have lost weight telling you that you can do it, too. And I am among the first to say, "That's right. You can." The question is, can you keep it off? When I sit down with weight loss clients, it's not unusual for them to tell me with a defensive tone, "Oh, I've done the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers..." Keep this in mind: they hired me to help them. All I did was ask them what they wanted to accomplish with my help. Why are they defensive? It's because they feel like failures. The good news is they aren't really. They are actually normal. They represent the majority of people the weight loss industry preys upon.The weight loss industry thrives on this very issue.
"Char, I thought this was a Bible study," you say. It is. God's Word has a lot to say about all areas of our lives, including losing weight and taking charge of your health. The Apostle Paul shares a lament we can all say, "AMEN!" to. There is something we want to do, but we don't do it. There is something we don't want to do, but we do it anyway. We have a battle raging inside of us all. Even unbelievers can identify to this point. The road diverges between believers and unbelievers in verse 25: "Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" True personal transformation begins with Jesus Christ.
Some of the most beautiful, fit, healthy bodies I've seen belong to non-Christians. Does this surprise you? The reason they maintain their look is because "I" have become central to everything they do. They put themselves first. A large majority have set themselves up as gods and goddesses; this is their religion. They believe health, fitness, and wellness is based upon mind, body, and spirit.This is why they succeed at looking "perfect". They live in the gym or yoga studio, and a large part of their finances are dedicated to the health food store. Yet they are dead even though they live (Romans 8:13). The difference is the transforming power of Jesus Christ at the very core of our being- the soul. It's not about having the perfect body. We have this difference to us, but we don't put it into practice. I do the things I don't want to do, and do the things I don't want to do I do. Transformation begins with the head, then goes to the heart, becoming evident in the way we live.
Unfortunately, many of us worship at the altar of Self without realizing it. At times, we are like those who don't know Jesus.For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me (verses 19-20). Our old nature comes out. When we begin our transformation by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), we can begin to experience total health, fitness, and personal wellness. Christians, we are healed mind, body, spirit, and soul- that part of us which lives on in eternity with God. Christians must stop worshipping Self to experience this transformation in all ways, to become totally fit for life.
"So, Char," you think, "What does this have to do with permanent weight loss?" Everything. It's about personal stewardship of ALL we have for the Lord. The theme verse of our ministry is Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." We are better able to serve the Lord and others when we are totally healthy. The successful clients I've worked with, around 50%, figured this out.They learned to not panic if a couple of pounds crept on because they were confident they could manage their exercise and food intake. They were not in this alone. It took most of them two years while others only needed one year. The other 50% were stuck in the secular mindset of looking good. They were enslaved to Self and never chose the freedom Jesus Christ offers. If you have followed our blog posts since Totally Fit 4 Life began in 2014, you will have at least the head knowledge of what I mean. I've boiled down the this Totally Fit 4 Life transformation into three 12 week sessions:
According to psychologists, it takes 12 weeks to break a bad habit, 6 months to build a new habit, and 1 year to make it a lifestyle. Let me show you how. You can do this in one year if you apply what you learn from these sessions.This program is affordable so anyone can do it. The fees cover the expenses associated with the program. I want to see you when you have that "Ah, hah!" moment, then I don't want to see you back except to hear what God is doing in your life as a result! Jump off the weight loss merry-go-round! Let the Holy Spirit change your life from the inside out.
May God bless you!
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