A near death experience 33 years ago confirmed what I had always known - God and heaven does exist - I can't deny Him now that I've met Him and saw what lays in store for all who love Him. It still feels just like yesterday and I can't wait until I return!
I am a Christian and I feel that my faith helps me. I keep reminding myself that my body is not mine, but His temple. To me it's not as much about dieting, as it is about nourishing my body to be the best it can be and to have lots of energy. I also find it much easier to eat healthily when I ask God specifically to help me feed my body as He would want and to ease some of my cravings. God wants us to be healthy, so He's willing to give us a hand when we ask! I still have some treats, but I'm staying pretty healthy.
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4/23/12 10:35 A
I'm not anti-religion either (well, I'm against certain viewpoints that are common in certain religious circles) but whenever I see believers witnessing about how much their faith helps them I feel that I should point out that after loosing my faith I am doing fine.
My most central belief is that everyone should be free to follow their conscience so long as by doing so doesn't prevent other people from following theirs. A lot of believers seem to think that they are being persecuted if they are not allowed to force their beliefs on everyone else.
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12,204 4/21/12 5:50 P
Not everyone wants to hear about God. I know my wonderful accomplishments have been because of Him. I have many blessings because of God. My success on SP has been because of a very dedicated Team Leader too, who helped me learn how to use tools on SP which have helped me lose weight; that one is spiritual and that's why I chose it. Look at the names of the Teams. You can pretty much tell by the symbal and name if it's spiritual.
4/21/12 5:20 P
I am a believer and I know God deserves ALL the glory for anything I accomplish here on SP or in my daily life. Without him I cannot do anything but with him ALL things are possible.
Welcome to Spark. This site is so very helpful for helping us to reach our goals and helping our bodies be healthier so we can be better tools for God to use in His service. There are many of us who love the Lord Jesus and who want to please Him in all that we do and say. This site has great fellowship and support for a successful spark People journey. God bless, EWEINHISPASTURE
4/21/12 12:20 P
This is not to be anti-religion. No matter what you believe, you should take responsibility for what you eat and do.
Edited by: SWIFTSEATURTLE at: 4/21/2012 (12:21)
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4/19/12 5:10 P
When I was a believer I thought that I drew strength from God. I thought that I couldn't possibly face life's challenges on my own and needed spiritual support to bolster my weak flesh. Funny thing, when I quit believing in God I did just fine. Sure there are still challenges but I deal with them just as well as when I groveled to God for help. I guess it was just me all along.
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5,376 4/17/12 12:57 P
I'm not much of a believer any more but if it helps others to believe god helps then great.
God wants us to pray about everything & He does answer our prayers.
4/17/12 11:26 A
Thank you for this board! It was what I needed to follow through on something that God has placed on my heart for a while now. Thanks!!
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88,052 4/17/12 9:15 A
You can worship God everywhere. We have an Awesome God. Prayer changes Things
4/17/12 8:46 A
I haven't chosen any particular scriptures, mantras, meditations, or anything else.
I do, however, choose good devotional materials, and really good podcasts (not any of the ones listed by a previous respondent) - ones that help me focus on the Lord, and His gifts of salvation, mercy, grace - rather than strictly myself and MY behaviours.
Good for you for being a pastor, and relying on God for your strength. Of course, He has provided the ways and resources (like friends; people here; this tool/website) to help you out.
I, too, am a Christian, and I try to make use of whatever tools the Lord has put in my hands that help.
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4/16/12 12:38 P
I believe the Lord cares about all the details of our lives. Even though He has created us with free will, His Word is so full of wisdom related to health issues. For me, the most important thing is to be tuned to Him to really hear what it is He is saying to me personally through to many confirming avenues. He had me do a 40 day fast one time that everyone told me was unwise,unhealthy (I take many medications for a number of health problems - multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, migraines and that I shouldn't be stopping food when taking so many medications), and that I would have no energy for life and end up back in hospital once again. What actually happened is that I felt stronger and healthier that whole time than I did before or since. When my body wasn't spending so much energy digesting all that food I had far more of me to focus on Him. I was truly amazed. It was a wonderful adventure with our Lord. Since then I've thought of repeating that and each time I could not do it. When He called me to it, He also enabled me to do it. It was really easy. I was not looking to lose weight at the time, only to be obedient. It has given me one of many personal stories to share when people ask me for the reason I believer. There are some studies that can be done alone or in small groups. I did one with a friend awhile ago that is called, "Made to Crave" and another one with a group a few years ago, "First Place". It's great to stay focussed on what the Lord has to say about these bodies he created to be temples. blessings!
I am a Christian, and I have utilized several books by Christian Leaders dealing with weight loss. The primary author that I have found tremendously helpful was TD Jakes. One of the things that I have found in my battles with weight loss, is realizing what I was battling, and it was not the food. I had to deal with what I felt the food was supplementing. I found meditation and constantly listening to positive affirmations worked for me, as well as committing to listening to religious podcasts during my lunch to refocus my energies (Joyce Meyers, Charles Stanley, Creflo Dollar, Kevin Brown, etc.)
@JL7: I am SURE God wanted you to read the first post before responding.
4/16/12 10:34 A
No one is promised good health, but I believe if you turn to God in faith and with a humble heart he will bless you with the wisdom, courage and strength to endure all your trials.
4/16/12 9:45 A
one day we will all know JESUS is LORD! Hes the lover of your soul, the cornerstone of civilization, the sinners savior. You didnt evolve from a monkey,you were created in the image of God. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love! If you dont know Him yet,I suggest you find Him:)
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Foxes sometime in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous. Spiritually some things we do or allow that we might think is little or insignificant can also be disastrous for us.
The "little fox" that I want to address in this article is one that can cause many problems in our lives if indulged in for a long period of time. It is an excess that can cause many maladies. It is over-eating or what the Bible calls gluttony. The over-use of the fork has been the death of many, especially in our country where there is such an abundance of all kinds of food. Also, we are all especially tempted to overeat during the holiday season since partaking of food is a big part of our celebrations. Because we all have to eat every day this little fox can slip in easily.
Proverbs 23:19-21 says "Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags".
With so much emphasis on proper eating and physical exercise here in America, it has caused many to examine their lifestyles. A lot of people have now become out of balance by putting too much emphasis on the physical man while neglecting the spiritual man. The other extreme is to be so spiritually-minded that we neglect our bodies by overeating or lack of exercise. The Lord desires order in this area, as our physical condition, if it is not properly cared for, affects our spiritual condition. We cannot serve the Lord to the fullest if our bodies are run down and tired and not functioning as God designed them to function. The medical world is now recognizing that gluttony is one of the major causes of many of our modern day illnesses. Moderation should be our guide.
Philippians 4:5, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand".
As Christians we are to realize the emphasis is to be put upon the spiritual man; however, just because we have an understanding of our spiritual position in Christ does not mean we can break His physical laws of health and not suffer the consequences. The spiritual man should always be given top priority as it needs to be in ascendancy. Its influence over the physical man is greater than the physical man's influence over it.We need proper balance between neglecting our bodies and giving them too much attention.
"For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come" (I Timothy 4:8).
It is easy to recognize that one of the greatest sins in the United States is gluttony. Food has become the god of millions. Jesus has never been made "Lord of the Fork." The Word of God has much to say about man's eating habits. Many sicknesses that are plaguing mankind stem directly from unhealthy eating habits. How should Christians eat? Are all the so-called health foods the answer to our diet problem? The Word of God not only addresses what is healthy for us to eat, but also the spiritual problems we have in this life. Since the Lord created the human body, He certainly knows what is best for us to eat.
So many have been eating according to the tradition of men instead of seeing what God's Word says about this subject. If we do not eat by the Word of God, our eating habits will be dictated by the patterns of what we have been exposed to in our lifetimes. I will not address the kinds of food we should eat here other than to say that natural foods that are "living foods" (fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, certain meats, and dairy products) are the best for us. The "dead foods" or "junk food" are those that are highly refined and processed and have little nourishment in them.
Daniel and his companions proved the wisdom of eating properly when they refused to eat the King's meat and instead ask for pulse (vegetables and grains) and water to drink for ten days. After that period of time they appeared more healthy than the other servants of the King.
Daniel 1:12-17, "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat 16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. 17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams".
If we are overweight it came about not suddenly, but rather "little by little". This "little fox" begins adding the pounds before we realize it. Each day we over indulge until we become fat. (I realize some people do have overweight problems that stem from hereditary problems however, these can be overcome too, with help from the Lord.) We can tackle this problem with the Lord's help and He will give us the power to trim down. As we seek the Lord and ask for His help in this area, He will not fail us. He will give us the strength to overcome gluttony or other bad eating habits.
Here are some helps to overcoming weight problems which usually come about through lack of knowledge or lack of discipline or lust for food:
(1). First, repent for yielding to the temptation of lust for food. (Phil 3:19, "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things".)
(2). Then, submit to God and ask Him for the power to overcome gluttony through His Holy Spirit and resist the devil through prayer and obedience to God. (James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you".)
(3.) Next, ask for God's plan for your weight loss. Allow Him to lead you as to what He wants you to do. He knows your body and He will direct you as to how you are to eat. Ask for a desire for healthy foods and ask Him to remove your cravings for unhealthy foods. (1 John 5:14-15, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him".)
(4.) Daily, thank God for setting you free and do not allow the devil to discourage you by his condemning whispers to your mind. Sometimes the Lord does a quick work at other times it may be slower. Don't be discouraged even if at times it seems slow or you fail occasionally.. Remember, this came "little by little" and it is sometimes more healthy to lose it "little by little" (Losing as little as 2 lbs. a month amounts to 24 lbs. in a year). In the process you will be developing new habits and disciplines that will eventually become established eating patterns. (Romans 8:1-4, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit".)
(5.) Add fasting periodically as the Lord leads. Even fasting one meal or one day a week will help in disciplining your body to be subject to your spirit man. (Matthew 6:17-18, "But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly".)
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's".
May the Lord bless you as you seek Him in this area and make Him the "Lord of the Fork" and overcome this little fox!
4/16/12 9:35 A
There are many Faith Based Groups on Spark. I would suggest looking around and finding the right fit. Support is one of the keys of this program working.
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17,157 4/15/12 11:10 P
I pray to God on all aspects of my life. God answers prayers.
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16,722 4/15/12 10:57 P
GOD IS EVERYWHERE AND HE HAS BEEN THERE IN ALL THAT I DO, IN ALL THAT I AM!!!!
All that I am and everything I aspire to be is a result of the tender mercies of a loving G-d. It is all about being more than a conqueror. My faith gives me such an awesome example to follow. For me it is all about being obedient to the calling over my life. May you abide in the peace that surpasses human understanding.
I asked God years ago to help me with my weight. He found Sparks for me. it has been a blessing to me. Also years ago God gave me this message "Be still and know that I am God and I wll take care of you". And he has. He helps me with my cleaning eating life style. He gave me the money to sign up for my Group Power weight lifting classes. Amen Jesus.......!
I too am a Christian but have not been real active in any of the teams. You can friend me. I find most of the Christians by people who read my blogs and comment. They are here and can be found. Try out some of the teams for diabetics and those for Christians if for no other reason than to find like minded people. When you write your own blogs and people comment you will find a wealth of support and wisdom.
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1,418 4/15/12 3:33 P
I wanted to shout hello being that I am also a brain tumor survivor, also benign, and hopefully there will no meningiomas following.
I am not one who depends heavily on God, though I am quite spiritual. As noted there many religious groups here on Spark and a few ongoing threads.
I guess I live on hope. I figure that I must have survived that gigantic, unknown, tumor for a reason, and that the path I am walking is leading me to what I can contribute to this world. Beauty, art, love, music, family, friends, philosophy, psychology...these are the things I grab onto to to get by.
4/15/12 3:14 P
There are some Christian Spark Teams or you could start a Christian Spark Team. I joined some of them before, but they weren't active so I left.
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4/15/12 1:47 P
I am new to SparkPeople and have been wondering if any in the Spark family have much to say about God's help in exercise, eating, and other aspects of diabetes. I am a pastor and rely heavily on God for help. If there are others who depend on God I would be interested in your thoughts and what Scriptures you have found that help.