What I have learned about my weight loss journey.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I only lose weight when I keep my focus on Jesus. It has become a by product of doing what I have always have been susposed to do. Being of a humble spirit, broken hearted, lowly, poor in spirit. Not focusing on my needs but looking to Jesus for all of my ways and answers.
1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:1-4
You've heard it said, "God helps those who help themselves." This is not true. According to Scripture, God helps the helpless! That is why the helpless become happy.
God is near to the poor in spirit: "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
God will not despise the poor in spirit: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." Psalm 51:17
God dwells with the poor in spirit: For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15
God esteems the poor in spirit: This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." Isaiah 66:2
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner!" 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:9-14
God thinks on and delivers the poor in spirit: Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)
God hears and does not despise the poor in spirit: The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. Psalm 69:33
God spares and saves the poor in spirit: He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. Psalm 72:13
God gives success to the poor in spirit:But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. Psalm 107:41
Finally, please note the evidences and applications of the poor in spirit, and take the time to look up the Scripture references. Poverty of spirit brings about a:
Weaning from self - Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21
Delighting in God's glory - 2 Corinthians 3:18
Seeking God's fingerprints - Romans 8:17, 18, 28
Seeing the best in others and the worst in yourself
Praying like a beggar and praising like a son
Serving like a slave
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. 2 Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:1,2