Episode 35–Freedom and Destiny

Freedom and Destiny

Freedom and Destiny

Six years ago today, July 1, 2014, I began my first Christian weight loss coaching group. It wasn’t my idea to do Christian weight loss coaching. It was actually the last thing on my mind. I had written my memoir, “Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor.” 

It became popular and people who had read the book wanted me to tell them how to lose weight. Then, God called me to begin an online coaching group. I didn’t want to do it, but when I told God I didn’t have the compassion I needed to do the job and He gave it to me, I said yes. I started coaching that next month.

When people come into a Christian weight loss coaching program they do it because they want to lose weight. Little do they know what they really want and need is freedom from sugar addiction, carb addiction, overeating, binging or other food issues. 

They don’t yet recognize that these issues are holding them captive. However if they can’t say no to donuts, candy, cookies, brownies, chocolate, french fries, triple cheeseburgers or that fourth helping of lasagna, something is wrong. Likely this started from a lie of some kind that they began to believe in childhood which morphed into a stronghold and then an addiction.

It might be something like desserts comfort me. Then it moves to I need more desserts to feel better about what I’m going through. After that it morphs into desserts are necessary for me to be civil to others. Then, desserts are all I want to eat.  Finally. it becomes even if God Himself asked me to there is no way I could give up desserts and things made with sugar.

We have been taken prisoner and we don’t even realize it. There is one sure way to know if you are captured or not. Have you been convicted by God that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and you should lose weight? Have you tried to give up certain foods or tried to lose weight and may have done that for a while, but always find yourself going back to it? Have you wanted to change, but no matter how many times you say you are going to, you find yourself right back in the same ruts?

You, my friend, have been taken in by one of Satan’s destructive schemes. It happens so slowly we don’t even recognize it until we are so deep into it, we feel we can never get out. God, though, is the one who can lead us out of anything and everything even things that feel impossible to get out of. 

What I have learned from my own journey and now from coaching many women, and a few men, on their journeys is most all of our food issues aren’t really issues with food, they are lies we began to believe that resulted in us eating to try to deal with the angst those lies brought us.

That leads to food addiction, plain and simple. But we deny that it is even an issue, just like Sally said. If we don’t talk about it, it doesn’t exist. So we just keep eating and pretend it’s not a problem. We are FREE in Christ, so we can eat whatever we want.

And while that is true, it is also true that we are not living the overflowing abundant life that Jesus has in store for us. Satan has set in motion a scheme designed to kill us, destroy us and steal our destinies in God. Jesus has a different plan for us and it starts with not putting ourselves in an early grave just because we can’t stop eating ice cream!

If you aren’t honest with God, He will NOT help you change. Remember, He gave us FREE WILL. We have the freedom to choose. But let me ask you this, why would you willfully choose to be in bondage to a substance rather than being led by an almighty God who has your destiny already figured out?

When we are captive to a substance, we are not free to follow God. We are double-minded and unstable in all our ways as James 1:6 says. That’s because we are listening to the foods we love more than God. It’s a subtle thing that the enemy does. We all know we have to eat to live. But overeating certain foods is the first desire the evil one will try to use to get us to stop listening to God.

He did that exact same thing to Eve and then to Adam. They took the bait and look what happened as a result. But when he tried that same thing by tempting a very hungry Jesus to turn stones into bread, Jesus showed us the way out. He answered him with Scripture saying People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Deut. 8:3, Matt 4:4) Then when Jesus had had enough of Satan’s temptations He ordered Him, “Get out of here, Satan!” (Matt 4:10). 

If God has been talking to you about any area related to food or weight, please listen. When He does this, He’s not mad at you. He’s madly in love with you. He wants you to live the sweet life, but that doesn’t mean eating all the sweets you want. It means living in communion with Him, getting so close to Him you can’t even stand it, walking with Him and following Him every day for the rest of your life.

Psalm 119:45 TPT says it plainly,  “I will walk with You in complete freedom, for I seek to follow Your every command.”

We can only do that when we have enthroned Jesus as Lord of our lives. When we finally make the decision to put Jesus in His rightful place in our lives, in order to stay free we must follow what He shows us to do. That means we must be walking and talking with Him every day to guard against being taken prisoner again.

In Galatians 5:1 TPT, Paul says it this way, Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.”

The same is true for us. If we’ve given allegiance to certain foods or certain ways of overeating or binging in order to just survive this world, we can’t continue to do that and follow Jesus completely, too. It just doesn’t work that way.

I used to stubbornly refuse to give up the foods I thought I couldn’t live without. Now I stubbornly refuse to go back to eating those foods. I live a fasted lifestyle in that I give up foods made with sugar and flour. 

Giving up sugar and flour, though, is not a once and done thing. It’s a process that involves many layers. Giving anything up all at once when we’ve been eating it constantly for years will only make us crave it all the more. It’s really a process of habit change. 

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.