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Joined SparkPpl April 2, 2011
Hoping to learn a lot from others & be inspired by them.

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- CHRIST IS LORD -

One morning, around Easter time, I was listening to pastor Billy Crone on his Youtube channel. He was moving as always and almost shouting at his audience as he wanted us to fully understand these following words, and not hear & read them in vain; he said:

"DON'T YOU KNOW THAT YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF GOD? DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD LIVES IN YOU? DON'T YOU KNOW THAT YOU WERE PURCHASED AT A HIGH PRICE AND THIS PRICE IS BLOOD?"
1 Cor. 3:16
1 Cor. 6:19-20

WOW, I was shocked about this revelation!

For YEARS, my family insisted on me quitting smoking by 'scaring' me in their own loving way. "You're gonna die out of cancer!" they used to tell me over and over. At the end, it was like listening to an old tape; you hear but you don't listen anymore, this meaning, I did not care. I liked smoking.
I did quit a couple of times, but only to please and perhaps, 'shut the tape'. But looking back, I did not quit for me, and especially not for...God?!? I wasn't really a Christian at that time. I was Christian by name only. I knew little or nothing of the Bible. So what's God got to do with it?- So I thought. But that was then, this is now.

When I looked up the verse as I was listening to Pastor Billy at the same time, it really HIT ME. I thought "I'm poisoning something that belongs to God? My body is His Temple? and not only that, It doesn't even belong to me?"

All day long my thoughts were linked to the verses I had read. On the evening of that same day, I sat outside and asked forgiveness to my Lord for having 'mistreated' my body (His Temple) for 14 yrs of smoking. As I spoke to Him, I made Him a promise that I would quit but only after finishing this pack! (didn't I tell you I liked smoking!?) and asked for His help since it wasn't going to be easy.
So every night before going to bed, I prayed and ASKED HIM TO CLEANSE MY BODY. I can honestly and truthfully say TO YOU that He did cleanse my body because quitting smoking was actually EASY! What a joke! No patch, no gum, no whatever pgrm, no cravings; Just me & my Lord.
I'm smoke free since approx 3 yrs...it'll be 3 yrs around Easter of 2011. Not counting the days, never have. I'm not good with dates.

Now, around end of March 2011...March 23 or 27, I did the same about LOSING WEIGHT. I made a deal to my Lord, promising Him I'd lose the weight. (I also learned that God loves challenges. Now I know what "Having a personal relationship with Jesus" means). I've tried many times before but unsuccessfully. But now, I'm counting my calories, not going under 1200 cals and working out although it's still not 2nd nature to me yet. One day at a time. So far so good. Slowly but surely.
I feel this time is the right time because with His Help, everything is possible.


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