Come January, everyone will be on the newest fad diet ready to shed the weight they have gained over the holidays. It’s almost as if suddenly we are all ready and motivated to be different. What if our spiritual life could look like that? What if we could shed some of the weight – or sins – we have been carrying around? These “weights” can come in all shapes and sizes, and can be carried in our “gut,” or perhaps even deeper. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, or a difficult financial situation, these weights can become cumbersome, unwanted pounds that we want to shed. Often, however, we are unsure of where or how to start. What if we came to the Lord ready to offload these pounds of grief, regret, and unforgiveness? No one quite knows us the way God does; he knows the thoughts that occupy our minds, the things that hurt our hearts. He knows when we are holding onto bitterness, or when we are sad.
While there may or may not be “secrets” to weight loss, God gives us a clear way to shed the weight of our souls. He promises that if we seek him we will find him. So here are three tips to losing unwanted weight and gaining a closer relationship with God.
1. Repent- Go to the gym
Yes we all have made mistakes; yes these sins separate us from Christ. When we confess them they also free us. The enemy wants us ensnared in sin to the point where we feel hostage to them.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Sometimes we just need motivation. We have to look at the bigger picture and remind ourselves of all that He has done for us, where we are ultimately headed, and that eternity lies before us. Through Christ we have the power to “throw off” the sins that have been weighing so heavily on us.
2. Run to the Father -Get on the Treadmill
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew11: 28 NIV
The sins that we have held onto make us so tired, sometimes just the feeling of having to keep up with a sin can make us exhausted. Let’s come to him ready for an intimate relationship and to rest in him. Set a daily time to “run to him” and allow Him to take away the burdens you are carrying.
3. Read the word -Eat right
“Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.” Ezekiel 3:3 NIV
What caught my eye is that he told him to eat the scroll, and that when he did it tasted like honey. God’s word is so sweet, the more we read and take in His word, the more ready we will be in handling sin. The word is a weapon that cuts the heart of sin. Let’s be ready to fight this battle against the sin that so easily ensnares us, and also ready to gain the power that only his word alone can give us to fight the battles we face daily. 2016 can be the year where we lose a lot of weight, and gain a lot of strength. The one that will take notice is the One who matters most.
– Lexi Meyer