It’s the holiday season. It’s that time of year where diets are thrown out the window and the smell of turkey, ham and green bean casserole fill the air unashamedly. The new year is just around the corner and our new bodies will have to wait until the Christmas tree is packed and the leftovers are all but gone.
If you are anything like me, you know what it is like to be in a constant cycle of dieting and trying to figure out how to eat/exercise right. If the lifestyle doesn’t change, the waistline doesn’t either. Well, not for long anyway.
We all know this, but maintaining weight loss is a hard thing to do. We can lose weight so fast and get excited about our need to go buy trimmer clothes. Why is it though, that three months later, we find ourselves squeezing back into our old threads; feeling worse than we did before?
I read recently that when we lose weight, our brain has a hard time believing the reality that we are no longer the size that we use to be. To stabilize, our brains will tell our bodies that we need to eat more calories to make up for the deficit. We end up eating more because our brain thinks that we need more energy to keep going. We essentially go back to the size we use to be because our brain believes in something that isn’t true.
It isn’t uncommon for a Christian to ask why they still struggle with a sin issue when they become a believer.
We turn our lives over to Christ and we still battle some of the same things we battled before we knew Jesus. How does that add up? How can we be filled with such evil desires when we have been filled with a Holy (set apart) Spirit?
Like our bodies, we have a hard time maintaining if we don’t believe that we have been transformed. If our brains knew that our bodies were now smaller and needed fewer calories than before, we wouldn’t feel so hungry and desire food the way we do after weight loss. In the same sense, if our minds were renewed and we began to believe that we were made into new creations, we would learn to walk in the gift of righteousness that God freely gave us.
Often, we have serious battles with sin because we believe that we are still sinners. It’s hard to imagine that the eternal gift of holiness is something we receive immediately at conversion. We often relegate it to a gift that is given to us once we reach heaven. God has given it to us now!
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
A spiritual transformation happens when we accept Jesus, but when our minds are renewed to believe the truths about our nature as children of God, we will see this transformation manifest in the flesh.
God has clothed you with a robe of righteousness. He sees you as clean and holy through the blood of Jesus. As we learn that it is no longer our nature to sin and entertain evil thoughts, we will begin to shed off that old layer and walk boldly in our new robes.
It takes time before your brain begins to accept that your body is smaller after substantial weight loss. It will eventually stop telling your body that you need the amount of calories you needed once before. As you soak in scripture and listen to what God says about your new nature, it may take time for your mind to be renewed to believe you are no longer what you use to be. Be persistent and know that believing the truth about your new self is what will ultimately set you free.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
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