Temptation. It’s everywhere. Especially if you are watching what you eat.
I don’t know about you, but I notice it much more now than at the beginning of this study. At the beginning I felt “da powahhh” (the power for those who are just joining us) and I felt so strong and motivated that it seemed nothing could stop me. I was focused and didn’t experience set backs. And I was surprised by this.
Now in the 6th and final week of MTC study, I thought I’d be pretty good at this resisting temptation and being strong. What I’ve found is that it is more of a struggle than ever. I have to focus on keeping my focus. I have to be super intentional on keeping my guard up. And 1 Corinthians 10:13 has become one of my favorite verses:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (NIV)
I (and hopefully you too) cling to the TRUTH that God is faithful…He will provide a way out. And for me, many times that way out is my own choice to eat something else or just walk away. Rely on God. Rely on my decisions to know what is beneficial to me and what is not. And just do it.
This week we are re-affirming that:
Our journey with Jesus lasts. Diets don’t.
When we stand on the scale and see our goal weight staring back at us, we’re always just one choice away from reversing all the progress we’ve made.
Victory isn’t a place we arrive at and then relax.
We maintain victories with each next choice.
Some actions are not sinful in themselves, but they are not appropriate because they can control our lives and lead us away from God.
Focusing on what we are giving up will make us feel constantly deprived.
Courage fills my heart, mind, and soul with everything alive and possible and invigorating.
One of the richest lessons has been realizing the amount of mental and spiritual energy I wasted for years just wishing things would change. All the while beating myself up for not having he discipline to make those changes.
Live as an overcomer not a victim.
My healthy choices makes me feel empowered not deprived.
Whether we are on the path toward victory or defeat is determined by the very next choice we make.
It is my prayer that you are on the path towards victory.
I know this is the last week of study. But we are just beginning our journey. And let me tell you, whether you have surpassed your expectations or you feel like you’ve let yourself down, it’s not too late. This is the beginning. We are on a journey to crave God more than food. For many that may take practice. Just don’t let Satan whisper the words of discouragement to you. No no no. Because our word this week is COURAGEOUS. Keep your courage. No matter what has happened so far, Be strong and courageous. (Joshua 1:9)
One way to keep your courage and stay strong is to keep growing and learning God’s Word and applying it to your life. Would you join me and hundreds of my best friends in continuing to study? I hope so! Our next study, It’s No Secret, Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know by Rachel Olsen begins March 20th, but now is the time to sign up! And just to show our enthusiasm for this study, listen to this breaking news: If you order from Proverbs 31 Ministries, your book will be signed by the author. Yep, that’s right. Rachel is busy signing away. Plus you’ll receive 10% off! Just call the Proverbs 31 Office toll free 877-731-4663. Ask for me and not only will I take your order, but I’ll also pray for you. In fact it would be my pleasure and honor to pray for you.
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Oh yea, one more thing. Leave a comment today about how you are COURAGEOUS and you will be entered to win a signed copy of It’s No Secret and also the Conference Call Series. Winner will be announced Friday on my blog! So let me hear of your courage! And if you feel you are lacking courage, explain that too. All entries will be entered in a random drawing. What do you have to lose?
Stay strong sistas! Just a few chapters left in the MTC study. But a life time of healthy victorious choices!