Moving to the Beat of Change: Change is Hard; Pray for Me
Acquiring good health will require more than a diet to help you lose weight. It will require more than exercising for thirty minutes at least five days a week. Health and Wellness requires a change in lifestyle that will help you to continuously pursue healthy living behaviors and practices resulting in total wellness throughout your life. The operative term here is change and change is hard.
Many of us have practiced unhealthy behaviors for most our lives. It is challenging to just undo these long time behaviors. Even more importantly, sometimes we don’t want to change. We like what we do; we like what we eat; we are comfortable with our lifestyles just as they are. Even after a major health crisis, some of us refuse to change or we take these minuscule steps that lead to nowhere. If change is going to occur it will for most of us it will require a miracle; it will require the grace of God; it will require God’s divine power and guidance to get us to where we need to be.
So how do we get there? How do we change? How do we get motivated to change? I can hear the cry, Help me to Change? Lord, help me!!! The next posts I make after this one will provide concrete, informative, detailed information and knowledge to help us take the steps we need to towards good health. Before that however, I want to use this post to pray for each us in this endeavor to change; this endeavor to make the lifestyle changes necessary to live a healthy, happy and productive life.
You see, like most things in a Christian’s life we are always contending. We “contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3), we must contend for our health; contend for our life. And yes, this battle is spiritual too. The enemy does not want us healthy. He wants us to contaminate our temples (this vessel which is the temple of God); Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16. The enemy wants us to feel tired, sick, disgusted, and depressed to hinder the work of God in us; to prevent us from doing the work of the Kingdom; to keep us miserable. But, we are the children of the highest King and we can do all things through Jesus who strengthens us. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. And, we can and will conquer the works of the flesh including indulging in lifestyle habits that make us sick.
I want to encourage and motivate you to continue to fight the good fight of faith towards good health and in so doing, do it with JOY! I pray according to Ephesians 1:18 (New Living Translation), that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those He called-His Holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I pray to our Father according to Ephesians 3: 14-19 (NLT), as I bow my knees to the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
I pray God’s confident hope will put confidence in you that you can start a healthy living pattern by exercising (moving) and eating healthy. I believe God will increase your understanding as He builds your confidence. I know that He will direct you into all truth about how to improve or maintain good health. Lord, I know that we are your people and we are your inheritance; your desire for us is to be prosperous, in health, and to live life more abundantly. I know that you can do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think. Jesus, empower your people with inner strength to conquer the giant of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and any other enemy that tries to come against our bodies. Help us to overcome by changing anything in our lives that does not lead to good health. Make us complete in your love; make us whole. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
As Always, Keep Moving to the Beat!,
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