God is My Happy Place #45

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My next writing prompt in “God is My Happy Place” is the following verse.

‘ “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. ‘ John 14:1 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/JHN.14.1 AMP

Another verse that comes to mind when reading this verse is:

‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. ‘ Hebrews 12:1-2 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/HEB.12.1-2 AMP

 

 
Hebrews talks about taking off unnecessary weight & sin that holds us down and to focus on Jesus, who is the Author & Perfecter of faith. John, to me, seems to be saying to set aside fear and in turn to focus on our belief and trust in God.

Fear & sin are both things that take our eyes or our focus off of God & we have to lay aside those and other distractions in order to move forward. Now does that mean we ignore our emotions & don’t deal with them. I don’t believe so. There are some things that if they are not dealt with will fester. But the way to deal with them is our focus on God. I can’t deal with the emotions/sin/trials in this life alone. I need God to help me do that.

‘ Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. ‘ Romans 12:1-2 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/ROM.12.1-2 AMP

Romans talks about renewing our mind. This we do by replacing the lies with the truth (God’s Word).

For example, a lot of the negative emotions I have are based on lies that I have believed. If I replace them with the truth of God’s Word & continue focusing on the truth, the negative emotions go away. Maybe not instantly, but if I continue by not letting go of the truth, then God’s truth will become what I believe instead of the lies.

One such lie I have believed is that I will never lose the weight, because I have failed in the past & have been a disappointment to others.

These lies have caused me to just give up & overeat whatever I want, whenever I want. Which in turn has caused me to gain a ton of weight.

The truth to that is that I can’t do it on my own. But that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. My past does not dictate my future, God has a plan for me. What others think of me isn’t important. Pleasing God is more important than pleasing people. Though I have probably not disappointed others as much as I think I have.

‘I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] ‘ Philippians 4:13 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/PHP.4.13 AMP

‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord , ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ‘ Jeremiah 29:11 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/JER.29.11 AMP

‘Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. ‘ II Corinthians 5:9 https://my.bible.com/bible/114/2CO.5.9 NKJV

God has given me a fresh start. I have repented of my attitudes around food & given it over to Him. I’m learning to rely on Him more and more as things come up. Food is no longer where I go to deal with my emotions/trials. God is. He is my refuge. He is my healer. He is my everything.

4 thoughts on “God is My Happy Place #45

  1. Well written and beautiful message. I applaud your stand on food and how you are dealing with issues that are difficult. It is only the strength from trusting the Lord and I admire you so much for that. Keep the faith. God is with you. He is ever closer than you can even think. Push forward. There’s something big waiting for you on the other side. Arise and call yourself blessed because the light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

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  2. So thankful God is our happy place! Enjoyed reading your post. When we know God looks on our hearts and attitudes about any situation, weather weight or any other weaknesses we may have, and there is many,I feel He will give us more grace to look to him for guidance and help. I’ve been struggling with weight myself, on again, off again, not that I have so much to loose, but when I can’t wear many of my clothes then I need to work on this. Thankful God looks at our heart and He is our happy place.
    I follow Nana’s Little Kitchen. She has some great low carb recipes and THM, and Mrs Criddle’s Kitchen.
    Prayers for you, keep looking up😀

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