The Challenge: Weight Loss
- What if you needed to lose weight fast? What if you’re doing everything you need to do but the progress isn’t commensurate to the efforts? Frustrating, right? Let’s look at 10 Scriptures for weight loss.
If you’re in this situation, I got you in this article. Let us see how the Scriptures can properly guide you on the issue of healthy weight loss. Weight loss can be an awful experience sometimes. Maybe, you’re not in that situation but you may be planning to lose some weight. This is also helpful. Maybe it’s not even you. This could still be a great piece to encourage friends and family.
Ok, so what do we know? We know how serious the overweight statistics are, especially in America. But say you understand the dangers of being overweight and you want to nip that issue in the bud.
You begin doing the routine but somehow along the way, something happens. It seems progress is not as fast as you envisaged. Maybe you haven’t begun but you’re familiar with stories from people you probably know who are struggling to make good on weight loss. Don’t be discouraged. It is possible!
Many things may steal our peace as believers, and being overweight might be one of them. Sometimes, it could be the most frustrating and unpredictable exercise. You may begin with exciting results and then a sudden plateau in progress.
Overall, this article is going to bring you comfort and peace even as you go through your process of weight loss. You don’t have to let it become another avenue for depression.
Is There Hope In The Scriptures?
While the Scriptures don’t say “weight loss” verbatim, it talks so much about our body and physical well-being. Throughout the Scriptures, there have been trials that signify God’s interest in mental and physical health.
It is important to know that God is not only interested in your spiritual well-being but your physical life is essential as well. For one, how much could you accomplish if your physical body was in the slightest state of misalignment to normal functioning?
It takes a healthy body for the agenda of God to be broadcast throughout the earth. Health is not only you but also an advantage to God as well if properly utilized.
So, we know that God wants you healthy. And as such, it means God can help you out. Here are ten (10) verses to give you perspective.
- “ Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
” 1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV
One thing to always remember is who you are to God. You are His prized possession – spirit, soul, and body. He knows what goes on with your body and wants that body in its best form. Knowing this will strengthen you even on your journey to losing some more weight to keep fit. It means as long as God knows what health challenges you are exposed to, and He sees you working to make things better, He will help you.
- “ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of Go.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV
Your body is a house and you hold the keys to it. Think of yourself as a steward of the house you live in which is your body. God has given it to you as a habitation in this earthly realm. Therefore, the onus is on you to take good care of it.
Let this be motivation for you to continue with that weight loss program even when you’re feeling unmotivated and discouraged. You have the power to watch what you eat and what you drink. The idea is that you keep a healthy form, always ready to answer the call of God when the time comes. Your fitness is a great weapon for carrying out the will of God on earth.
- “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby..” Hebrews 12:11 KJV
Discipline is never easy for anybody. Again, it seems to be the only tested and trusted system for producing worthwhile results. Every person that ever went on to do something the world marveled at maintained a dogged level of discipline.
Much more on the subject of weight loss, you must ask for the grace to remain disciplined. It will hurt and be painful at the moment but that’s the trick. Once you’re able to get through the seasons of resistance, you begin to enjoy the fruit it produces. Your discipline to follow through on this adventure will ensure good health and fulfillment. I think this is good motivation to keep going.
- “ And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.’” Acts 27:33-34 KJV
As much as you may need to go through stringent routines that promise your desired results, you must always be careful to balance things up.
Don’t try to go to the limits when it’s not healthy. Just as Paul encouraged people to eat because of their health, you must also learn how to balance between eating and not eating. The goal is to become healthier and not to become a victim of another health disaster.
- “Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law..” Galatians 5:23 KJV
God’s Spirit in you has given you the power of self-control. Self-control means self-discipline and self-mastery. It means the ability to take control and behave in the right way you should. Nothing should have the tyranny of bending your will in the wrong direction. You have what it takes to stick to that diet or that plan and keep at it until you see the results you desire. This is God’s assistance to you.
- “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” Philippians 3:19 KJV
Gluttony can be a real challenge for many people, and mostly it is the cause of overfeeding which leads to being overweight. But you shouldn’t have this challenge as a child of God. You have the Spirit of God that regulates your desires and keeps you on track.
Continue to focus more on the things that are spiritual and eternal. When we continue to dance to the tunes of the flesh is when we find it difficult to abstain from food and other earthly pleasures. This can be a great obstruction to spiritual growth. Food is good but you must master it and keep it where it belongs.
- “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’” Nehemiah 8:10 KJV
Two things to take home from this passage. Number one is the fact that in the kingdom of God, eating and drinking is not a crime. However, this must be done with godly moderation, not in a way that expresses gluttony and drunkenness.
The next thing to learn is that the joy of the Lord is your strength. Do you feel your strength failing you? Being humans, we sometimes arrive at places where we are confused and discouraged about going further, and this is the perfect time to plug into the awesome power of joy. For the joy of the Lord can strengthen you through your journey and make setbacks look like nothing.
- “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV
The greatest battles are either won or lost in the mind. That’s the first point of contact for everything that appears on earth. When you win the journey to weight loss in your mind, rest assured that you would win the battle physically as well.
Get rid of those doubts and contradictory thoughts that have nothing good to offer you. Think only about your possible future where you have conquered being overweight and now enjoy the goodness of being fit and prosperous. Launch into the future and draw encouragement from the possibilities ahead.
- “… It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 KJV
Your body or the flesh will always want to put up the façade of needing to eat all the time to remain healthy. That may not always be true because Jesus says that man shall not leave by food alone but by everything God says.
This doesn’t discredit the importance of food for life and health. It only tells you not to allow food to become a master that dictates your quality of life. The word of God is more powerful than the food you think sustains you. A few missed meals if you must, will not lead to your death. You can fast for spiritual and health reasons and still be healthy.
- “ And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” 1 kings 17:6 KJV
Lastly, there is this concept to learn from the Scriptures about eating twice a day. If you must go this way, be encouraged that it is both biblically as well as medically okay. You can have two meals as a routine for weight loss. You can do some research and read more about it.
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God’s will for you is that you prosper in health as well as in everything else you do. If you need to lose weight to avoid health issues, then I know God will be a rock of comfort and encouragement for you on this quest.
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