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Dear Shibboleth friend,
If you really want to make changes in the way you look and feel, if you really want to clear the slate and get this done then you must vanquish thoughts of doubt and fear. Doubt and fear are the devil’s weaponry. He will use them tactfully and skillfully against you, making your desire to change fade away.
Certainly, the prince of lies uses many weapons to destroy the good that we would do. He is the enemy. The word satan in the Hebrew tongue means adversary. He is against you and against your efforts. I heard some one say one time that the only people that the devil won’t bother are those that he has right where he wants them any way.
After some life experience, I’d say I have to disagree with that statement. Satan never stops being the adversary. In fact, he likes to kick you when you’re down. If you are a full blown drug addict he has you right where he wants you but he doesn’t stop there. He kicks, bites, mauls, and destroys every one in his clutches and doesn’t stop until the person is dead. He is a relentless opponent.
Resit the devil and he will flee, for a season, and then return when you are weak again. The devil will not stop until you are miserable, self loathing, sick, tired, defeated, full of despair, perplexed and wanting to end it all.
He uses doubt and fear as the cornerstone for all of his attacks. Think about this. We all know procrastination is an excuse many use to avoid having to lose weight. One day, they say, they are going to lose weight. Now just isn’t the time. This is procrastination. Why does one procrastinate? FEAR. They fear missing out on something or they fear they might fail.
What about doubt? Think about the last time you were excited about losing weight and shared with a friend that you were going to begin a new program or lifestyle. Maybe the friend said, “I tried that and it didn’t work.” Maybe they say, “Susan did that and it didn’t work for her.” Next, your enthusiasm dissipates. You forget to focus on the thousands of testimonies published about the program and choose to listen to NEGATIVE NELLY! Doubt overcomes you and you never give yourself or the program a fair shake.
No matter what you are feeling, if what you are feeling is negative, the devil will begin to overcome you with the weapons of his warfare until you retreat. His goal. DOUBT AND FEAR.
So what do we do? The devil is powerfully cunning and full of energy. He will never stop.
We can resist the devil. As the Bible tells us, he will flee in frustration and leave us alone for a season. He will be back. He will be back when you are weak.
I’ve got good news for the true believer though. YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER HAS GIVEN YOU WEAPONS. USED SKILLFULLY AND THOUGHTFULLY THESE WEAPONS MAKE YOU MORE THAN A CONQUEROR. THE DEVIL HAS ALREADY LOST THE WAR. JESUS HAS DEFEATED THE DEVIL AND EVERY DIET DEMON UNDER HIS COMMAND.
2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
So, what is your weapon? Jesus. Jesus is your weapon and HE manifests himself through you when you bring into captivity every fearful thought and every seed of doubt. When you bring every fearful and doubting thought to the the obedience of Christ you ruthlessly overwhelm the adversary. Your adversary must bow at the feet of Jesus. When you put on Jesus, the adversary must bow at your feet.
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root and the offspring of David and He has prevailed for you. Own that fact. Sleep in it. Live it. Exercise it!
When you walk in the spirit of Jesus, after all, thats what walking in the spirit means, you have the same authority and presence that Jesus had.
Poisonous foods that you crave like pizza, biscuits, gravy, burgers, fries, chips, colas, candy, etc are DEVIL FOODS! Stop making friends with them and see them as tools of the adversary. Make friends with healthy foods. The foods that Jesus created. The foods that were in the Garden of Eden. Plants, animals, fruits and other great foods. Every time you are tempted by the adversary quote scripture back to the adversary and you will bring every unwanted thought under the obedience and captivity of Christ Jesus.
Using the weapons that the Lord has given you is your only hope in this struggle. Walk in the Spirit of Jesus and stop fulfilling the lusts of the flesh so that you can enjoy the abundant life that God wants you to have. Perfect love for God, for your neighbor and for YOURSELF will cast out doubt!
A lean and healthy body is a clean, high energy and Godly body. An overweight body is a low energy, hurting, ungodly body. Here forward, which will it be for YOU?
In the name of Jesus, make a stand and fix this.
Fellow servant and one time food addict