We all heard of the rebellious teenager who starts cutting classes or the rebellious child that refuses to eat their vegetables, in fact, we all tend to have a bit of a rebellious streak in us, its part of our sinful nature. But what happens when that childhood or teenage rebellion continues into adulthood and impacts various areas of your life– especially your ability to lose weight? Is it even possible that a rebellious spirit can be blocking your weight loss success? Take this little quiz and see if you identify with any of these scenarios:
Do any of these sound like you?
1. You have a fight or disagreement with someone but instead of telling them how your really feel, you rush home so you can stuff you feelings with foods?
2. Do you get close to your goal weight and then start to sabotage yourself?
3. You tell yourself that its not fair that other people get to eat whatever they want and so you eat like they eat even though you know the consequences?
4. Your resent some aspects of your life ( your job, your marriage, your financial situation)
5. You roll your eyes at people who exercise too much who are too rigid in their diet?
6. You clearly hear God directing you to take a certain action yet ( like Jonah) you take another course of action?
7. You eat in secret?
If you’re nodding your head in agreement,keep reading. Your deliverance is about to come!
1 Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…”
I’ve made a distinction between ‘being rebellious’ ( which we all are from time to time) versus having a ‘spirit of rebellion’ ( or rebellious spirit) which I’m defining as stronghold or bad habit that continually controls your actions. You may or may not be conscious of the behaviour and you feel powerless against it. Unless the spiritual root is addressed, it will continue to block your development, deliverance or freedom in one or more areas of your life.
For many of us, our rebellious spirit developed in our childhood came about as a defensive mechanism; as a result of some kind of rejection or deep, emotional hurt. It may have been our only sense of power when we felt powerless. Due to painful circumstances, you may have made up your mind that no-one is going to force their will on you; or you may have learned how to comfort yourself with food to escape the pain. Rebellion was your only internal weapon of choice.
Your rebellious spirit ( that protected you as a child) now shows up in the most unwanted and inconvenient ways as an adult. It will ‘force’ you to overeat or dishonour your body as a way to get back at someone or something and make you feel like you are in control. The irony is that its the spirit of rebellion in you that’s in control and not actually your yourself. So your attempts to be in control actually has you out of control. This leads to shame, guilt, disgust, disappointment and so the cycle continues.
The Solution for a Rebellious Spirit
The solution for rebellion is simple in principle yet difficult to put into practise and that’s why so many of us are stuck.
1. Call a spade a spade– It’s a lot easier to call myself an emotional eater or even blame it on my low blood sugar but this will never bring about my deliverance. We must understand what spirit we’re dealing with in order to pray against it and cast it out. Admit that your rebellious spirit is what has been sabotaging you and keeping you from being in total communion with God.
2. Repent– John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness”. God is not mad at us; he won’t punish us for not putting 100% of our faith and trust in Him. Unless we repent though, we are tying God’s hands since repentance means we will never have our healing and deliverance without it.
3. Submit– Gal. 5:16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” and James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Satan has no access to us when we are walking in the spirit and submitted to God. I believe that submission is a moment by moment choice. Start your day in prayer, end your day in prayer and as often as you can remember throughout the day, continually turn everything you do over to God. Definitely spend a moment in prayer before you put anything in your mouth or consider doing anything that will negatively affect your health.
4. Renew your Mind– Romans 12:2 says: “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.” Even though we have been renewed after repenting, our mind ( and our speech) may take a while to catch up. We must make a conscious effort of continuous renew our mind by guarding what we read, who we talk to and what we say about ourselves. What scriptures will you declare when you’re feeling defeated?
5. Do a New Thing– Although we’ve made room for God to do his part, we must also do our part to bring forth our deliverance from this spirit of rebellion. What practical steps do you need to put in place to deal with the habit. Do you need to take a course in assertiveness training? Do you need to change careers? Do you need to forgive those that hurt you? Although it may not have been your fault why you developed this spirit of rebellion, now that you know, its your responsibility to do something about it. It’s time to do something new that will no longer prevent you from losing weight and achieving the abundant health and life that Christ died for you to have.
Isaiah 43:19- “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
You are blessed!
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