God is perfect. I don’t have to convince anyone of this. It is a fact. He and He alone is perfect, infallible, all-powerful but also all-compassionate, full of grace and mercy. He is always working on our benefit, though, even though He is perfect and we are not.

Even though He is God, ruler of the universe and all there is, He still takes time to hear my cries in the middle of the night. He still takes time to comfort me, to lead me, to guide me and to direct me on my journey. I need that direction more and more and more every single day. When I try to do things in my own strength, I always fail. Sometimes I even fail when I’m following what I think God wants me to do and then I just want to give up.

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God, though, is not a God who gives up! He has never given up on me though time and time and time again I have failed Him. He kept coming back to gently take me by the hand and once again show me the way in which I should walk (Isaiah 30:21). He is my Teacher and My Guide whispering gently to me to get back on the right path. All I have to do is listen and follow.

Surrender Before Transformation

In essence, though, it’s only when we truly acknowledge and understand how perfect God is that we finally see how messed up we really are and how much we need Him. Until then we figure we’re better than the murderers and rapists, so we must be alright in God’s eyes.

Any human failure is the same in God’s eyes and yet, when we acknowledge what we’ve done, He forgives us and gives us His grace and compassion. That’s the moment we must once again surrender completely to Him and allow Him to transform us into the person He wants us to become. We all want transformation, but surrender must come first before any change will happen.

When we do submit it all to Him, we have cultivated an environment that is ripe for strongholds to be broken. This is when the chains binding us fall off. It happens the moment we acknowledge God’s glory and perfection. At that moment we realized there is nothing more we need to do than to fully submit to Him.

Worthless Needs

Everything I’ve thought I needed to exist in this life, I then see as worthless compared to knowing Jesus completely. Paul says it this way in Philippians 3:7-11 MSG. Listen carefully to these words. They are my words. They are your words.

“The very credentials people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life.

“Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.

“I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience His resurrection power, be a partner in His suffering, and go all the way with Him to death itself.”

What Jesus Wants From Me

Paul goes on to say in Phil. 3:13-14 NIV, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

This is what we are to be about doing here on earth. We are to be understanding that He is our all in all. We must rely on Him to show us what to do in every single area. I agree with Paul in that anything I have done is insignificant, like dog dung that must be dumped in the trash. If I did it without His leadership and strength, it is nothing.

Living a healthy lifestyle is something God has clearly pointed out to me that I must do in order to be His child. To be honest, some days I don’t like it. Some days I wish I could go back on my commitment to Him as far as what I eat, how much and when.

Victorious—Body, Soul and Spirit

For some people, this isn’t a big deal, but for me and maybe for you too, it is a huge deal. Foods made with sugar and flour are my kryptonite. I am weak around them. I have to avoid them. With God’s help, I’ve been successful in doing that. In the process, I’ve lost 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.

Because of that God has called me to help whoever is currently caught in this endless cycle of food addiction. It’s a hard one to conquer because our drug of choice is so readily available everywhere. God, though, wants us to be victorious! He wants us to be healthy—body, soul and spirit.

I can help you in Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy but you must be willing to commit to doing the work and not giving up. I’m shooting it to you straight. It’s not going to be easy, but if you commit to doing things God’s way it will be the easiest hard thing you’ve ever done. What do you have to lose except some extra pounds?

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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.