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How to Become the Person You Want to Be





Whitney Hopler





Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of John Ortberg's recent book, The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You, (Zondervan, 2010).

What matters most to God isn't what you do; it's who you are. So pursuing certain accomplishments in life isn't nearly as important as becoming the person God created you to be. Use your time and energy well. Focus on living up to your potential, growing into the person you really want to be - someone who's free to live with love and joy.

Here's how you can become the person you want to be:

Wake up. Important parts of you may be languishing if you're not intentionally pursuing spiritual growth. Don't let your best self lie dormant. Notice the glimpses of your potential that you sometimes see when you do something inspiring, such as being patient with a rambunctious young child or sacrificially giving to help someone in need. Realize that God wants to empower you to live at your full potential all the time.

Let go of the person that you don't want to be. Stop chasing after the versions of yourself that will only interfere with you becoming the person God intends you to be. Let go of pretense, guilt, pleasing people rather than God alone, etc.

Go with the flow. No matter how hard you may try, you can't become the person God wants you to be through your own efforts. The only way to do so is to live with God's Spirit flowing through you like a river of living water that makes you and those you relate to flourish.

Discover how you grow best. Spiritual growth doesn't happen on a "one-size-fits-all" basis. Disciples are handcrafted, not mass-produced. People learn differently, struggle with different sins, and relate to God in different ways. So take who you are into account when figuring out how you can best grow spiritually. Keep in mind what activities you most enjoy, your temperament, what ways naturally help you experience God's presence (such as serving people or spending time in nature), your learning style (visual, auditory, tactile, imaginative, etc.), hat unique set of temptations and sins you wrestle with regularly, and what season of life you're in now.

Make the most important decision of all. Decide to surrender every part of your life to God's will every day, committing to follow where He leads you with each decision you face. Choosing to surrender your own agenda to God's will is the only way you can become the person you were created to be.

Try softer instead of harder. Rather than trying harder to become a better person - which will be in vain, since you can't achieve spiritual growth through your own efforts - try a softer approach to life. Relax and focus on God's grace that's always available to you.

Let your desires lead you to God. Growing spiritually doesn't mean doing what you should do instead of what you want to do. Instead, it means coming to want to do what you should do. So allow what you naturally desire (from enjoying delicious food to a drive to achieve something meaningful through your work) to help you notice more about God's goodness and draw you closer to Him in gratitude for His gifts.

Change your mind. If you improve the way you think, you'll improve your whole life, since your thoughts lead to your attitudes and actions and shape who you are as a person. So evaluate your recurring thoughts, asking yourself what direction they're leading you in - closer to God, or farther away from Him. Monitor your mind to catch unhealthy thoughts (selfishness, bitterness, anxiousness, etc.). When you notice them, pray for the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and guide you toward thoughts of what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Be careful of what messages you feed your mind. Give it a steady diet of life-giving Scripture and think critically about the messages that flow into it from sources like the media and other people in your life.

Overcome worry. You can't become the person God created you to be unless you break free of worry. Realize that God won't often give you comfortable circumstances, but He will always be present with you as you go through them, helping you grow in the process. Choose to trust God even when you feel afraid. As you move forward in trust, God's perfect love will flow through you and cast out your fear. Pray about your concerns instead of worrying about them, and ask other people to support you in prayer.

Deal with sin wisely. Talk with God regularly about your problems and desires. Be honest about when you're facing temptation, and ask God to help you overcome it. Make time to rest, relax, and enjoy life so you won't be as vulnerable to temptation as you would be if you were dissatisfied. Recognize which types of sins are more appealing to you than others, and become aware of your particular sin patterns. Listen to the Holy Spirit when He convicts you of sin. Regularly confess your sins and repent of them so you can keep growing.

Deepen your relationship with God and others. Spend time alone with God in prayer regularly. It's during prayer, when God's Spirit touches your spirit, that you come closest to being fully yourself. Make life-giving relationships with other people a high priority. Take all the opportunities you have to give and receive love. Be real with yourself, other people, and God. Learn from your relationships with difficult people; let the challenges of relating to them help you grow.

View your work as service. Any kind of work you do is worthwhile, because your work is ultimately service to God. When you give your best effort to your work to honor God, He will use your work experiences to help you grow into a better person.

Deal with challenges well. God isn't at work producing the circumstances you want; He's at work in bad circumstances producing the person He wants you to become. Keep in mind that even your best circumstances are temporary, but the person you become will go on forever. Trust God to bring something good out of even the most challenging situations you go through. Use the greater sense of compassion that God will give you in the process to help make the world a better place.


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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These are excellent.

Leah

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Outgrowing Bad Habits
By: Steve Arterburn

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV

It's an old saying and a true one: First, you make your habits, and then your habits make you. Some habits will inevitably bring you closer to God; other habits will lead you away from the path He has chosen for you. If you sincerely desire to improve your spiritual health, you must honestly examine the habits that make up the fabric of your day. And you must abandon those habits that are displeasing to God.

If you trust God, and if you keep asking for His help, He can transform your life. If you sincerely ask Him to help you, the same God who created the universe will help you defeat the harmful habits that have heretofore defeated you. So, if at first you don't succeed, keep praying. God is listening, and He's ready to help you become a better person if you ask Him . . . so ask today.

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
John Maxwell

Since behaviors become habits, make them work with you and not against you.
E. Stanley Jones

Just as iron, even without willing it, is drawn by a magnet, so is a slave to bad habits dragged about by them.
John Climacus

Do nothing that you would not like to be doing when Jesus comes. Go no place where you would not like to be found when He returns.
Corrie ten Boom

Today's Prayer

Dear Lord, help me break bad habits and form good ones. And let me make a habit of sharing the things that I own and the love that I feel in my heart. Amen


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Taking Care of Your Body
By: Steve Arterburn

Didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you.
1 Corinthians 6:19 MSG

Are you concerned about your spiritual, physical, or emotional health? If so, there is a timeless source of comfort and advice that is as near as your bookshelf. That source is the Holy Bible.

God's Word has much to say about every aspect of your life, including your health. If you face personal health challenges that seem almost insoluble, have faith and seek God's wisdom. If you can't seem to get yourself on a sensible diet or on a program of regular physical exercise, consult God's teachings. If your approach to your physical or emotional health has, up to this point, been undisciplined, pray to your Creator for the strength to do what you know is right.

God has given you the Holy Bible for the purpose of knowing His promises, His power, His commandments, His wisdom, His love, and His Son. As you seek to improve the state of your own health, study God's teachings and apply them to your life. When you do, you will be blessed, now and forever.

Our body is like armor, our soul like the warrior. Take care of both, and you will be ready for what comes.
Amma St. Syncletice

Laughter is the language of the young at heart and the antidote to what ails us.
Barbara Johnson

People are funny. When they are young, they will spend their health to get wealth. Later, they will gladly pay all they have trying to get their health back.
John Maxwell

You can't buy good health at the doctor's office--you've got to earn it for yourself.
Marie T. Freeman

Today's Prayer

Lord, when I am ill, weak, or troubled, You heal me. Renew me, Father, and let me trust Your will for my life. Let me welcome Your unending love and Your healing touch, now and forever. Amen.


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Gaining the Victory


We live in a society of addictions, of bondage to so many things. Maybe you are in bondage to cigarettes, or alcohol, or pornography, or anger, or any number of other things.

Whatever the condition that has you in bondage today, God's hand and God's arm can lift you up and untangle you and set you free. In Psalm 98:1 we are told,

His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.


We find repeatedly throughout the Old Testament how, through God's mighty hand and His outstretched arm, He redeemed His people out of slavery and out of bondage.

Now here is the question. Does it just sort of randomly happen? Do we have to wait and see if we are one of the lucky ones God will choose to extend His mighty arm to help? Or, is there anything that we can do to cooperate with God to see His arm extended in our behalf?

The answer is yes, we can, and we must cooperate with God.

In Isaiah 51:5 God tells us,

"My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands will wait upon Me, and on My arm they will trust."


The way we cooperate with God is to trust in His arm; not in our own arm, but in His. If you want to see God's mighty arm move on your behalf, then trust Him alone! Do not trust your intelligence, your ingenuity, your education, your status in life, your wealth, or any other thing.

Trust in God alone. And you will have the victory.
Bayless Conley


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Accepting Yourself
Steve Arterburn

Oh Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. - Psalm 130:8



Many people seem to go about life with a kind of bravado . . . bold confidence and self-assurance. The truth, however, is that most of us wish we were different somehow. If only you were as outgoing as Jack . . . if you were as physically fit as Mary . . . if you had the financial sense of Tom . . . a full head of hair like John . . . or the quick wit of Connie. While it’s okay to admire good traits in others, often this desire to be like someone else is actually a form of covetousness, or envy. So, how about learning to accept yourself as God has made you.



Before you can truly accept yourself, however, you need to see the truth about yourself, recognizing both the gifts and the limitations that God’s given you. If you don’t, you will constantly struggle to be someone you’re not.



One way to appreciate how God has made you is to read Psalm 139. The psalmist rejoices, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.” (139:14)



Each of us is unique and special . . . embraced and accepted by God himself . . . even though not one of us is perfect. Spiritual renewal cannot begin until you’re willing to accept yourself as God made you. Once you accept the truth about yourself your focus can change . . . and you can bring great glory to God himself. He, after all, is the one who made you, and He is the reason we live.



“I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody.” - Louis L’Amour (1908-1988)

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Finding and Sharing Encouragement
By: Steve Arterburn

Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.
Proverbs 25:11 NLT

Life is a team sport, and all of us need occasional pats on the back from our teammates. This world can be a difficult place, a place where many of our friends and family members are troubled by the stresses and challenges of everyday life. And since we cannot always be certain who needs our help, we should strive to speak helpful words to all who cross our paths.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (4:29 NIV). This passage reminds us that, as Christians, we are instructed to choose our words carefully so as to build others up through wholesome, honest encouragement. How can we build others up? By celebrating their victories and their accomplishments. As the old saying goes, "When someone does something good, applaud--you'll make two people happy."

As a faithful follower of Jesus, you have every reason to be hopeful, and you have every reason to share your hopes with others. When you do, you will discover that hope, like other human emotions, is contagious. So do the world (and yourself) a favor: Look for the good in others and celebrate the good that you find. When you do, you'll be a powerful force of encouragement to your friends and family . . . and a worthy servant to your God.

He climbs highest who helps another up.
Zig Ziglar

No journey is complete that does not lead through some dark valleys. We can properly comfort others only with the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.
Vance Havner

Today's Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, because I am Your child, I am blessed. You have loved me eternally, cared for me faithfully, and saved me through the gift of Your Son Jesus. Just as You have lifted me up, Lord, let me lift up others in a spirit of encouragement and optimism and hope. And, if I can help a fellow traveler, even in a small way, Dear Lord, may the glory be Yours. Amen.


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Honestly

Lysa TerKeurst



"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." I Timothy 4:15 (NIV)



Devotion:

I think we all get to a place sometimes in our life where we have to honestly assess, "How I am doing?"

It's not really a conversation I have with a friend or family member. It's one of those middle of the night contemplations where there's no one to fool. There's no glossing over the realities staring me in the face.

I know certain things about myself need to change but it's easier to make excuses than tackle them head on. Rationalizations are so appealing:

I'm good in every other area.
I make so many sacrifices already.
I need this comfort in this season of life- I'll deal with it later.
I just can't give this up.
The Bible doesn't specifically say this is wrong.
It's not really a problem, if I really wanted to make a change, I could - I just don't want to right now.
Oh for heaven's sake, everyone has issues, so what if this is mine?

And on and on.

But excuses always get me no where fast. This is especially true for me in the area of healthy eating. Even if that's not your issue, I suspect this same script of rationalization has played out in your mind over other things.

So, the cycle continues day after day, week after week, year after year.

A whole lifetime could be spent making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better, mentally beating myself up for not sticking to my resolve, feeling like a failure, and then resigning that things can't change.

And I don't want to spend a lifetime in this cycle.

Nothing will change until I make the choice to change. I have to want it, spiritually, physically and mentally. The battle really is in all three areas.

Spiritually: In Colossians 3 1-5 we are told to set our minds and our hearts on things above. In order to do this, we have to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature which sets itself up as an idol in my life.

Idolatry is trying to get my needs met outside the will of God.

Bingo. Can't deny it. This described food for me at times. Again, it wasn't a huge problem where I was medically in danger. But, any idolatry, no matter how small is a problem.

Physically: According to an extensive study done by Northwestern University, calorie restriction is the key ingredient for managing weight issues. (The link to see this study can be found on Lysa's blog today.) Of course, they state that exercise is also important but good nutrition is crucial.


Bingo. Can't deny it. It does matter what I eat. My weight is a reflection of what I consume.

Mentally: Don't settle. Don't compromise. What happens when you cut the "com" off of the word compromise? You're left with a "promise."

We were made for more than compromise. We were made for God's promises in all areas of our life.

Honestly. I am made for more than a vicious cycle of eating, gaining, stressing - eating, gaining, stressing...

I am made to rise up, do battle with my issues, and using the Lord's strength in me, defeat them - spiritually, physically, and mentally - to the glory of God.



Dear Lord, help me be courageous enough to speak honestly to You and to myself in those areas I'm giving in to compromise. Show me how to rely on Your strength for more self-discipline in my life - not for my glory but for Yours. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Thinking Our Way to Success
Philippians 4:4-19

Healthy thinking is a key contributor to godly success. And the Scriptures have a lot to say about what a believer's mind should and should not dwell upon. That is because every choice we make, every word we speak, and every action we take begins as a thought. So we really need to have our heads on straight, so to speak.

The Bible contains long lists of activities and thoughts that may have been part of our old existence but aren't suited to a victorious life in Christ. We are to lay aside attitudes like anger, jealousy, and self-pity. Negativity held in the head and heart can work its way outward like spreading poison, tainting conduct, conversation, and character.

God's Word also offers right ways of thinking to keep grace and love flowing. Setting our minds on heavenly things is a choice (Phil 4:8). Consider Paul, whom the modern church surely sees as successful. But his contemporaries would have seen a man repeatedly beaten, jailed, and persecuted.

He was often impoverished and friendless. And yet, during one of his many prison terms, Paul wrote of his joy, contentment, and unshakable faith in God (vv. 10-19). His life is an awesome expression of a positive faith attitude. He was a man committed to thinking godly thoughts whether his life was marked by blessing or adversity.

Proverbs 23:7 sums up the profound effect of our thought life: "For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is." Paul believed he was the beloved servant of almighty God, and he acted like it! Perhaps it's time for you to claim the healthy, fulfilling thought life available through reading Scripture.

Dr. Charles Stanley


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Teresa, these are fantastic.

Leah

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Staying Focused On God's Plan For Your Life



From The Messages Of Adrian Rogers



"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

~Philippians 3: 14





The Devil would love to get you distracted and get you off the course on which God has placed you. God has something He wants you to do and you had better not substitute the good for the best. Find out what God wants you to do and refuse to be distracted by the devil. You need to say as the apostle Paul said, "This one thing I do!" Know what it is that God wants you to do and do it with all your strength for his glory!

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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How to keep your body healthy and holy



For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:13-14

I have a good friend who’s a doctor specializing in preventative medicine. His goal is to help people grow old gracefully so that throughout their lives, they’ll be active and healthy. He calls it, “squaring off at the curve.” You see, as the curve of our life cycles move up and down, his goal is to help his patients live with fullness of life until the curve is squared off and that person goes home to be with the Lord.

If you’ll take proper care of your body, Lord willing, you’ll have a full life to live until the day God calls you home. And you’ll be effective and fruitful in the life God has given you. That’s what God wants for you… to be a good steward of the body He’s given you for your time here on earth.

The Bible teaches so much about what you should put on your body and in your body. And each time, it does so for the purpose of helping you treat your body not as your own, but as God’s.

So as you live your life, consider your body as being on loan from God. Remember that He created you, knitting you together in the womb for the purpose of honoring and glorifying Him in everything you do!

USE YOUR BODY TO GLORIFY GOD BY STEWARDING IT WELL!



My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Ephesians 4:22
. . .put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.




Fat people aren't bad people. Sometimes we feel inferior just be-cause we happen to be overweight. It doesn't matter whether we're a few pounds over weight or a lot of pounds overweight; when we're too heavy, it makes us feel bad. Obesity isn't a sin in itself, but often it is the result of sin. Gluttony, sloth, laziness; these things can lead to obesity, and they are sinful behaviors. When we decide to put off these wrong behaviors, we set ourselves on the path that pleases God. Change takes time, but the rewards are always worth the effort.

Today's thought: There's more to a new me than just losing weight.


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I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Great article. Thanks for posting this.

Leah

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TEMPTATION'S HOOK
By: Neil Anderson

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied




Food is the ultimate appetite, since it is necessary for survival. So we eat to live, but when we begin to live to eat, food no longer satisfies. Instead, it consumes us, and millions of people feel powerless to control their appetite for food. When your body is deprived of necessary nutrients, you naturally crave those foods which will keep you healthy and keep your immune system functioning. If you eat to satisfy those natural cravings, you will stay healthy and free. But when you turn to food to relieve anxiety or satisfy a lust for sweets, salt, etc., you will lose control and the results will negatively affect your health.

It is no coincidence that Paul mentioned misuse of food in conjunction with his sober warning that "in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). One of the evidences of the last days will be those who "advocate abstaining from foods" (verse 3) which are intended to meet a legitimate need. Every eating disorder I have dealt with had a spiritual component, yet virtually no counselors treating anorexia and bulimia expose the spiritual problem. A pastor's wife wrote to me after a conference:

Dear Neil,

I was bulimic for 11 years. But now I can be in the house alone all day with a kitchen full of food and be in peace. When a temptation or lie from Satan pops into my mind, I fend it off quickly with the truth. I used to be in bondage to those lies for hours and hours each day, always fearing food. Now I'm rejoicing in the freedom which the truth brings.

Temptation's hook is the devil's guarantee that what we think we want and need outside of God's will can satisfy us. Don't believe it. You can never satisfy the desires of the flesh. Only sustaining right relationships, living by the power of the Holy Spirit, and experiencing the fruit of the Spirit will satisfy you.


Prayer:

Father God, protect me from giving in to the world, the flesh, and the devil. Keep me abiding in You so I can bear the fruit of righteousness.

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Lets post ideas, stories, articles, suggestions and testimonies etc that help us stay spiritually healthy!

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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