This week we had many victories! Two of the ladies shared that they had both lost 5 pounds. One quit drinking sodas completely and the other majorly cut back on drinking sodas! I, myself, lost 5.3 pounds, and was able to add some exercise into my already crazy weekly schedule. This study has been so encouraging and and wonderful! I love that we are able to text one another throughout the week to discuss our victories as well as ask for prayer when we need it!
This week, our study focused on indulgence/entitlement. Society sells us two lies: 1.) we should be able to do whatever we want whenever we want to do it, and 2.) life is better when we do whatever we want to whenever we want to do it. Our goal through our study this week was to dispel both of these lies. The truth is we, as Christians, are actually happier when we bear the fruits of the Spirit by walking in God’s will rather than experiencing the temporary happiness that comes from doing whatever we want in our own timing. As an added plus, we also avoid the consequences associated with indulging in our flesh rather than staying in God’s perfect will.
Just like with any well-laid plan, there are steps to this Taste for Truth plan. We learned in weeks one and two that our first step is to pray for the fruit of the Spirit, self-control and to set boundaries. This step has been extremely beneficial as we made it through the detox phase of making healthier choices when our flesh was lusting after such things as: sodas, sugar, take-out food, etc.
Once you’ve endured the first couple of weeks of living a healthier lifestyle, you begin to get into a groove, and before you know it, you’re enjoying this healthier way of life. We saw that in Step 2 we are actually happier living for God and for others rather than just ourselves. When you begin to see that choosing a healthy lifestyle affects not only yourself but also your family and friends, the importance of your choices makes all the difference.
It takes twenty-one days to begin a new habit, and as we enter our third week of Taste for Truth, we should be participating in some new, healthier habits. So often, especially with weight loss, we feel that we can’t do it because it is so difficult, but God shows us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “trust in Him with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding. In ALL our ways acknowledge Him, and He will make our paths straight.” Notice He didn’t say, “all of your ways except weight loss.” He cares about everything that concerns His children, even losing weight. What a good God! Jeremiah 29:11 also points out that it isn’t his plan to harm us. His plan only includes that which will prosper us. So if we fail at losing weight, it’s because of our own choices. Either we didn’t practice self-control, therefore breaking boundaries, or we chose to give up. No matter how hard it gets, we are reminded in Phillipians 4:11-13 that we should be content in our circumstances, and we can do ALL things through Christ, even losing weight and living healthy, because our strength comes from Him! Once we become content with eating healthier foods and drinking water and realize that such things like: cake, ice cream, chips, and sodas should be consumed as a treat or on special occasions rather than part of our daily diet, we will be happier with ourselves and able to give the best of ourselves to God and others.
As we enter week three, I encourage you to quit lying to yourself and quit telling yourself that it’s ok to have a certain food item, or it’s ok to continue drinking sodas, or it’s fine if you choose not to exercise, all the while using the rationale that it won’t hurt you in the long run. Remember where lies come from and who the master of lies is. Speak Truth into your life, and allow yourself to exhibit self-control. The boundaries have been set for a reason. Trust Him! We can do this!