For years, I had a problem with weight. God told me what to do, but I didn’t do it. Then, I came to the end of my rope and was afraid my time here on Earth was approaching an end. Desperation will cause us to do some amazing things. I finally surrendered to God. When I did that, I lost 250 pounds. Yes, that’s not a misprint. I really did lose that much weight. And I truly believe God will help you lose the weight you need to lose.
After I lost that huge amount of weight, God called me to coach others with weight and food addiction issues. It took me a while before I agreed to work with Him. With His help, though, I’ve been coaching for ten years.
I was hesitant at first because I don’t like to fail, and I was sure I would fail doing something I had never done before. However, I learned if God calls me, I don’t have to worry about my qualifications. When God asks me, or you, to do a specific task, He and He alone will qualify us.
He is all we need to complete whatever He calls us to do. “It is not your strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work, that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 AMP).
Let God Lead
Paul goes on to say in Romans 8:28 AMP, “We know, with great confidence, that God, who is deeply concerned about us, causes all things to work together, as a plan, for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” He did that for me when I finally said “Yes,” to Him. He will do that for you, as well.
We never have to be worried or stressed because we know God’s got our backs. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NLT).
We must keep our eyes on Jesus. All we have to do is continue to seek Him and everything will work out for our good. Disaster is not in God’s plan, however if we don’t seek Him and walk with Him, disaster may be a product of us trying to do everything by ourselves. We need God!
New Overcomers Academy
Still, doing what God tells us to do isn’t promised to be a walk in the park. Last year was a very frustrating year for me. What had been working well to deliver our courses stopped working. Then, we discovered a new online community space where we do everything in one area. It includes places for my courses, weekly calls, podcasts, discussions, prayer requests, announcements, and much more. We have been using this new venue for several months. We love it, and we hope you do too.
We opened the doors recently and want to invite you and your friends to join us. Overcomers Academy is a community of like-minded Christians who are ready for transformation. Our new location is off of social media in an undistracted, all-encompassing area on the internet called the Circle Community. There are other communities there that anyone can join. I am always looking for better ways to provide what you need. This one fits the bill, and the price is very affordable.
One huge thing I teach is that diet is a four-letter word and not a very nice one. Instead, I teach commitment, habit change, surrender, and accountability to God and ourselves. These are huge keys for me and should be for you, too. They are simple words but difficult concepts for many to grasp and implement. However, everything changed when I tapped into these keys. They are what helped me lose 250 pounds.
Sugar Is A Killer
During the bulk of my weight loss journey, I wasn’t perfect. I was tempted and gave in several times, but each time I did, I immediately repented and surrendered to God again. That’s because I had decided to kick sugar and flour out of my life by finally surrendering to God completely. Those substances would never be welcome in my life again.
I finally saw sugar and flour as paid assassins of the evil one, and I would no longer be their victim. These were not my friends. They didn’t cozy up to me to give me comfort. Their agenda was not life but death for me. So I said and still say, “No devil. I will not take part in my demise. Go away in Jesus’ name.”
I tell you all of this to say this is why I coach. I do it because I don’t want to see the devil rob any other Christians of their lives. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to follow Me as My disciple, he must deny himself set aside selfish interests, and take up his cross daily, expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come, and follow Me, believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me” (Luke 9:23 AMP).
Selfish interests are all the foods we think we can’t do without. We have a choice. We can continue thinking we are doing ourselves a favor or we can face what God is telling us and just stop killing ourselves.
“As you yield to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life. When you yield to the life of the Spirit, you will no longer be living under the law but soaring above it” (Galatians 5:16,18 TPT).
Pull Up the Root Issues
In Overcomers, we help members identify root issues that have them stuck in the cycle of overeating. We tackle these inner healing issues on our weekly and private one-on-one calls.
We love to lead people to find freedom and reconnect to Father God, Holy Spirit, and Jesus. Many of us who overeat have roots in our past that keep us stuck in patterns that sabotage us. We need God’s help to be successful in our lifestyle transformation journeys.
We must identify the roots, forgive those who planted them there, pull them up, and allow God to free us. It’s an easy process. We acknowledge what happened and then reconnect with the Trinity. We have all the power we need. The evil one just loves to make us afraid to even talk to God.
We have a lot of resources available in Overcomers Academy to help us break free from the enemy’s hold over us. They are strongholds that must be demolished so we can follow God.
Lines of Defense for You
The first line of defense is to join Overcomers Academy, a praying group of like-minded Christian women who understand each other’s issues and are learning to surrender to God. No one understands weight issues like those struggling with them. I know first-hand how it feels to be stuck in this type of quicksand, and I know what it is like to finally allow Jesus to set me on solid ground and help me stay there.
We do not have to stay stuck wallowing between losing and gaining. With God’s strength and power, we can overcome what the enemy is trying to throw at us.
The second line of defense is our weekly call. Right now, these are on Thursday nights. The call is in the live room in the circle community. These are also recorded so everyone in the group can listen later. This is definitely where breakthroughs happen.
The third line of defense is our courses. There are over 100 plus lessons in the area of the course, and more are always being added. These are released one lesson a week so members can concentrate on one topic.
The first course is the foundational course, Journey to Transformation. It teaches about changing our habits and much more. Each lesson includes applications and challenges. Members can share and ask questions in the OA community area.
Other courses include Self Worth, How to Connect to God, Stop Dieting: Start Changing, Food Addiction, What Can I Eat, Mind Games, Fear and Failure, Obstacles on the Journey, Trusting God, Spiritual Warfare, Destiny, Breaking Strongholds, Stop Eating Your Emotions, Begin Again and many others.
The fourth Line of defense is our prayer area, where we share prayer requests and pray for each other.
Join Us In Overcomers
Friends, if you have a food or other addiction issue, you need to be in an ongoing group of Godly women. I developed this group around what I wanted when I was losing weight. I’ve tried to make it one of the best with the most information and assistance.
Ask God if this is the right fit for you, then come join us. I’d love to have you in Overcomers Academy.
You can find out more and join by going to: https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/Overcomers/.
I’ll see you in the group.
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster, and speaker, who has lost 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 Grace Study Guide,” “Sweet Victory: Winning the Battle,” “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 Freedom Study Guide,” “Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation,” “Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God,” and “Sweet Excuses: Stop Lying to Yourself & Start Losing Weight.” She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP intensive coaching. 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. Contact her at [email protected].