Do you long to be healthier and slimmer?
I’m not talking about the kind of healthy where we’re consumed with what we should eat; stressed about how many calories are in our foods, or obsessed about tracking our carb count.
I’m talking about the kind of healthy where you eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
- Where you’re not freaking out that one cookie will blow your entire diet.
- Where exercise is a natural expression of your body’s unique design, and not an appointment that you ‘MUST’ get to.
- Where your exercise does not need to be tracked on a Fitbit or on a StairMaster (even though I still do these things).
- Where you feel free, peaceful and fully accepting of your body and marvel at all it can do.
Well, that’s how God created us– to be in good health–in fact, we were created to be in excellent health!
So what happened to us? Why has our health fallen so low on our priority list? How did we manage to stray so far from our divine, perfect design?
Here’s as summary of why in one statement …When you’re not in alignment with who God says you are, you will align with who the world says you are!
Throughout our lives, there are many reasons why we’ve fallen out of alignment:
1. Our past failures take us out of alignment
When we try something and fail once, twice, or maybe multiple times, we tell ourselves that maybe we don’t have what it takes; we were never meant to achieve this goal; or that it’s impossible. These lies are based on fear and are not in line with what God says about us.
Unfortunately our words become our habits and our habits become our reality, so what was once a lie has now become our truth and we live each day as if that lie is an actual fact.
2. The draw of the world has taken us out of alignment
The health industry has build a trillion dollar industry around selling us lies. Fat is bad! Sugar is good! Low-fat products are good for you! Artificial sweeteners are safe! A healthy body should look like ‘x’! You can lose weight by sleeping if you use this product! You can melt the fat away! You don’t need to exercise if you eat a healthy diet! The less you eat, the less you will weigh! And the lies go on and on. The more we are seduced by the lies, the more we will fall out of alignment with God’s truth.
3. Our fears keep us out of alignment
There’s a popular expression, ‘the truth hurts’. For example, it’s easier to say that we will exercise later than to face the truth that we could be lazy. It’s easier to tell ourselves that we have no choice, than to face the truth that we have to be grown up and make responsible choices. And it’s easier to say that one bite won’t hurt than to face the truth that a spirit of gluttony resides in us.
All of these lies that we tell ourselves are rooted in fears. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of rejection, and the list goes on. When we live in fear, it’s impossible to align with God because fear and faith can not operate in the same mind.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”. 1 Jn 4:18
4. The enemy pulls us out of alignment
I hate to even mention this one because we give the enemy a lot more credit than he deserves, but there are unequivocal circumstances where the devil does mess with us and try to keep us from what God has for us. Fortunately and unfortunately, the devil only has as much power as we give him.
So now what? Knowing that there are so many factors that take us out of alignment with God’s perfect design for our health, how do we get back in line?
How to get in alignment with God’s design for your health in 3 steps.
Step 1. REVEAL
Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what’s really going on. Understand what’s pulling you out of alignment-stress, anxiety, lack of sleep? As you spend time with God he will reveal what’s really at the root.
STEP 2. RELEASE
Once you’ve identified the root, step 2 is to let-go of your fears and beliefs that have been stopping you from trusting God wholeheartedly. This isn’t a one-and-done thing. You will have to do it several times per day!
STEP 3. REMAIN
Believe it or not, getting healthy is the easy part. Maintaining it… not so easy. Once you get back into alignment with God, the daily fun is to remain in faith and action.
Share some of these things you do each day to stay in faith and action.
These 3 steps make up our Weight Loss, God’s way program. If you feel like you’re out of alignment and are in need of a tune up, spiritually, mentally and physically, be sure to check out our program. —-> Weight Loss, God’s Way <—-
Until Next Time,