It's 2013! The start of a new year and with it comes the promise of opportunity and change. Most of us have spent time ironing out our resolutions and putting them into practice. I too have considered what needs altering in my life and how to go about doing it, but I'm concerned that my Dorothy Gale complex is getting in the way.
I hate the idea of going through the difficult process of loosing theweight again, only to put it all back on simply because I'm not comfortable in my new skin. Because honestly, there is no surrender for this Dorothy!
Please do not think that I'm a downer or looking to give up before I even get started. No, on the contrary, I want to start out knowing that I'm not going to return, that I'm not just visiting, I'm relocating,. Frankly, that takes more than just a commitment to get to my destination it's a change that requires me to want to stay put in a new comfort zone. I know I can get there, I've done it before, but can I stay there????
Ephesians 6:12, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms". This is a deeper battle that I face than simply loosing weight. This is facing the fierce wicked witch the devil and overcoming the oppession that keeps me from being the woman that God created me to be. It's a spiritual battle. Like the ruby slippers I have the power of the Holy Spirit within myself to overcome spiritual battles if I seek the Lord to show me how to access it. Romans 8:25 says, "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words."
Additionally, it's time to face my fears knowing that in my faith I have a whole new arsenal of weapons to fight these spiritual battles with that I did not have the last time. Ephesians 6:13 goes on to say, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, ( as I see it: temptation, fear, anxiety, discomfort) you may be able to stand your ground, (stay put in your new surroundings) and after you have done everything, to stand. (the journey the hard work it took to loose that weight.) Ephesians 6:14-18, "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." That's how we can stay put knowing that we are protected and safe with our powerful guardian, our Savior and Lord looking out for us in our times of need and weakeness.
The bible also tells that, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17. I'm a new creation in Christ and so are you. When we became Christians we moved to a new destination, a new comfort zone and we are perfectly fine. We can conquer the fear, enjoy the journey and stay put in our new comfort zone, "...being strong in the Lord, and in his mighty power." Ephesians 6:10
"Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Lions and tigers and bears, Oh My! But we don't have to be afraid, we can overcome if we clothe ourselves in God's holy armor.
Dear Heavenly Father, as I embark on my journey to good health Father I pray for you to lead me, protect me and keep me from evil. Help me to keep my new destination in mind and to know that I have nothing to fear when I arrive. And precious Lord, please help my dear sisters who chant, "There's no place like home," to understand that, "...that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." Romans 5:3-4. Give us the power and the perseverance to reach our goal and the peace to stay put once we get there. In Jesus precious name I pray, AMEN!
I'll keep you posted on my spirtiual battle. I hope and pray that we all overcome!