diets didn’t work. Many of you, who have struggled with this issue, have probably found the same thing to be true. You go on a diet only to go off it. I found out that I had the amazing ability to out eat my intense gym workouts. I was also able to out eat the prescription weight loss pills. There was something deeper that I wasn’t dealing with. I believe in many cases it is a spiritual problem. I know it was with me. The world would call it an emotional problem. I believe that is the fruit not the root. If it was just a matter of will power, well I didn’t have it. I could do it for awhile, but I would go right back to the same habits.
As many of you know, who have read or listened to my testimony “Seven Years in Hell” I went through a lot of internal and external issues. One thing I didn’t share much about was about the eating addiction/weight issue. I had lost about sixty-five pounds before this trial hit in 2005. I did it by over exercising. God showed me that I had become addicted to exercise. How sick is that? Then after I got sick, I couldn’t exercise much, I gained weight and went over 300 lbs again. Then in 2011, God healed me and I began to lose weight the right way. If you read my testimony, you know that I was attacked by the enemy twice and exercise and weight loss had to be put on hold again.
In July of 2013, God told me that this seven year trial was over. I was able to go back to the gym and start addressing my eating habits, and make lifestyle changes. I have lost a total of fifty pounds and still have fifty pounds to go. I am fifty-five years old. As anyone knows the older you get the harder it is to lose weight. Metabolisms start slowing down. I am 6”2” and my doctor says about 200 lbs would be the right weight for me. I have gone from 300 lbs to 250.
I am now addressing this from a spiritual stand point. I am determined with all my heart to get it right. I already said that I don’t have the will power, so I have had to draw on God’s power. Now that doesn’t mean that my will isn’t important; it must be determined and surrendered. I now make better food choices: more salads less ice cream. Exercise and life style eating changes (not diets) are critical. I found the most important missing element-God. Remember, I am an expert exerciser and dieter, but a world champion eater. The one over rules the other two.
So how did I do it? Well, I just told the Lord, “I can’t do it by my will power.” Like he didn’t already know that. It was important for me, however, to acknowledge it. I then found a few promises in scripture and stood on them. You will find them on my website page about addictions. There will be a link at the end of this article.
It is working. I am a work in progress. I am half way there. With God’s help and I do intend to take it, I will get there. I was teaching a Bible Study during my seven year trial, I believe it was in 2009, and I had to quit. I told the host, that I couldn’t teach on any area that I wasn’t living victoriously in and didn’t have working in my life. I would never be a hypocrite again. In this Bible Study the area was in regards to divine healing. God would graciously open
that up to me. He also opened up the power of the Holy Spirit and how to get the benefits of revelation and the fruit of the spirit operating in me. He is now teaching me about how to make true disciples. This teaching should be ready in November, 2013. He has instructed me not to teach on addictions at churches until I lose the other fifty pounds. This is so people will know that I can walk it out. Remember, I couldn’t reach anywhere near that goal in my own strength.
This blog article is the only thing you will hear from me on this subject concerning addictions, until I have achieved that goal. In 1983, I went over 200 lbs and kept climbing. Thirty years later, in 2013, I hope to go under 200 lbs. Then I will share more. I just want to be an encouragement to anyone who is struggling with any type of addiction. If you don’t have the will power, God has the power to set you free and help you to be an over comer!
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