Episode 54—Searching for Freedom

Searching for Freedom

This episode talks about how we can be in the grip of something or caught in bondage which then becomes a stronghold and not even realize it.

I lived in shame and condemnation for nearly 30 years. I knew I had an issue with food. I knew foods made with processed sugar and flour were like drugs to me. I knew I was guilty of something God had clearly showed me I needed to stop. I just couldn’t give it up. And thus, shame and self- condemnation ruled my life.

The shame and condemnation I felt did not come from God. He was not condemning me. He just pointed the way out of the extreme mountain of weight that I had allowed to amass on my body and entomb me.

Keys to Freedom

He had given me the key to freedom. It was right in the door of the cell I had built for myself. You know, the place I told myself was comfortable and just what I wanted. In reality, it wasn’t what I wanted and it was anything but comfortable. I was dying in that dark and dreary place, but I was too entrenched to find my way out. 

Oh, I put on a good front. I smiled. I did my jobs. I took care of my home and family. I did everything but take care of the most important person. I was put here on earth to take care of—myself.

God was trying to be my teacher and guide, but I had built walls to protect my tomb. They were walls made up of excuses and arguments against what God wanted for me. I knew what He wanted me to do, but I didn’t like what He told me. If I did what I knew God wanted for me I would have to give up foods made with processed sugar and flour. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted a different way out of my extreme weight gain. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. 

Grace

What I didn’t understand was that God was not trying to enslave me, He was pointing the way to my freedom. He did this by giving me the ultimate gift—grace. I didn’t understand that when I repent of what I’ve done wrong that I  have forgiveness for my failures based on God’s overflowing grace, which He will pour over me with wisdom and understanding as Ephesians 1:7-8 in the Common English Bible says.

This episode shares how I got free and how we can all get free from the bondages and strongholds which have become habits that we don’t know how to break. Take a minute to listen and then feel free to check out my Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy.

It’s time to prepare even now before the holiday parties start. Wouldn’t it be awesome to face 2021 without some of that extra weight? Let’s do this! Come join us.

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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.