Episode 60—Fooled by Our Desires

Unexpected Temptation

Christmas or any holiday, birthday, or celebration used to be a time I looked forward to for the food that would be served. Just thinking about eating all that food made me merry. I looked forward to giving into all the temptations that would be there. But actually, eating all those foods made me miserable. 

Still, I continued down this treacherous path gaining up to 430 pounds until I finally listened to what God had been telling me all along. I am the only one who can change what I put into my mouth. I am the only one who can reverse the path I was on, but I can’t do it alone. On my own, in my human strength, I am weak. But that is really good news. 

It is only when I am “weak in human strength, then I am strong, truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength.” 2 Cor 12:10 AMP tells us that and it was a powerful truth on my weight loss journey. I didn’t realize that I had the power to overcome my food temptations from the moment I accepted Jesus when I was seven years old. The power of the Holy Spirit was with me all the time, I just chose instead to comfort myself with food which seems much more tangible than the Holy Spirit.

How did I change? Simple answer is I knew God wanted me to be healthy so I could be of use in His kingdom. I had been living my life for what I wanted. I had to start over and begin living it totally for what God wanted for my life. That meant when He told me to stop eating sugar and bread, I had to understand how to do that. In the process He helped me lose 250 pounds and keep it off.

God has given us gifts to accomplish His work and they are all so that we can fulfill His chosen destiny for us. Not the destiny we choose for ourselves, but the One He chose for us and implanted in us.

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.

Her books include: "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor"; "Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds"; "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, more information on both is available under the weight loss tab. Don't miss her weekly podcast, Sweet Grace for Your Journey, where she shares tips from her personal journey of losing weight and discovering healthy living. Find that under the podcast tab and anywhere you find podcasts.