40lbs lighter in 2 months.
So I said, “If you do exactly as I say, you will be 40lbs lighter in 2 months.” Everyone is all gung hoe until I say, “sleep only five hrs, every night”
“I’ve got to have my 8hrs, forget that.”
Or, “Soak for 15min in a hot bath first thing in the morning. You will lose 1lb.”
And they say, “What, I don’t have time for that. Forget that.” Do I need to define what “that” is. It is to lose 40lbs in 2 months.
Then there was, “Stop drinking milk.”
“Awe, man I don’t think I’m gonna do that.”
Even after I explained they’d lose a gallon of mucus if they stop drinking milk. They still, even after they admit they should stop, they drink the milk.
I am this way. You are this way. We are all this way over many things. BUT, I did lose 60lbs. People see that I’ve lost the weight. When I say, “Do exactly as I say.” It isn’t as though people that spend time with me haven’t heard everything already. They aren’t blindly agreeing to something.
So, I lost 60lbs. you think I still only sleep 5 hrs a night? No. I sleep as long as I want. Do you think I only eat once every 24 hrs? I eat all the time. To lose the weight I had to make a life change. A life change lasts forever. If you attempt the extreme weight loss needed to drastically alter your body weight and size, that weight loss event will last only 2 months – maybe 3 depending on how aggressive you are. If you do not acquire a stronger will, and some new habits, over that 2 months – within no time – not only will you gain all of your weight back, but – what usually happens – you’ll be heavier.
Then there are the dieters who tell me how to diet, when they haven’t lost their weight.
And, those who blame their hormones while eating their second banana slit. “Honey, make sure they is chocolate syrup on it. Lots and lots of syrup.”
How bad do people want it. I believe that people loath themselves over their weight. I know I did. We convince ourselves that we don’t deserve to be healthy. We don’t deserve to be thin. This is how the enemy keeps you in subjection to his will. He needs your desire to be thin equal to your desire for food. This way, you are warring against yourself.
How to launch a successful weight loss plan?
The first thing that must happen is you need to believe that you deserve to be healthy. That you deserve to lose weight.
You need to see yourself as the Father sees you. The Father. He’s the One who paid the ransom for you. It was in an adoption transaction. With the body of His Son, the Father paid your ransom to redeem you.
So the Father gave up His Son to pay the ransom for sin.
Micah 6:4 “Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt and ransomed you from the house of slavery, And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam.
Then, the Son laid down His life as a ransom.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Now, we are to do the same.
Galatians 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Remember, this is not about salvation. So, I hope this post has guilted you into getting your act together and getting back on the wagon. This is no more a diet as it is a game. But, some of you seem to be playin’ somethin’.;)
Get down to your goal weight and you’ll be able to eat whatever you want, and occasionally splurge. And it will be alright. You – through the power of the Holy Spirit – will have trained your body to be in subjection to your Will through the crucifying of the flesh.
You have heard the verse ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. It is Revelation 3:20. Most people associate this verse with evangelism. I’ve seen it on gospel tracks. Verse 22 of the same chapter, John says that those words – Behold I stand at the door and knock – were to – He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Rev. 3:22.
Behold I stand at the door and knock, was written to the church. So when I talk about walking through the doorway of hunger, who or what do you think is on the other side of that door? Do you understand that verse is not about salvation. So that means it is about your relationship with Christ. What is the door that He is knocking on.
Remember that verse where Christ says, “depart from me for I never knew you.” The verse is Matthew 7:23. In verse 22, Jesus says that not everybody is gonna enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He said people that may have thought they were Christian, or maybe they wanted other people to think they were Christians, He said, in verse 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
You, like most, may have fallen for the half truth that this means that you are to read the Word more and be obedient. Here is the other half. To know Christ is to share in His sufferings. And to share in His sufferings is not just the random sufferings due to this or that thing – but chiefly to KNOW Christ is the daily crucifying the flesh. Dying daily is what we call it. We practice it, it isn’t just by happens stance. When Christ said, “I never knew you.” He meant, I never you on an intimately physical level. And yes the Greek word used for “knew” can mean “to have sexual intercourse.” That is the physical knowing he’s talking about here. We know him in our flesh by the literal participation, through the fellowship of His sufferings, in our bodies.
Fellowship means: to have in common. Or, a sharing. We share in Christ’s sufferings. Or, we suffer in some of the same ways as he did. Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
If you go back and listen to the podcast on Passion, I define it as suffering. Christ’s passion was to give Himself a ransom for many. The giving of ourselves to him, our passion, must be the giving of ourselves over to Him through identifying with Him though the daily crucifying of the flesh, in order to be conformed to his image.
Why do I call it The Door Way of Hunger? Because the Bible makes it clear that fasting, or the long-term denying the body of anything for long periods (specifically food) is training for trials and strengthening the will. 1 Corinthians 7:37 But he who stands firm in his heart, being under no constraint, but has authority over his own will, and has decided this in his own heart… And this verse comes after where he compares sexual immorality to gluttony.
The Doorway of Hunger is the crucifying of the flesh in an attempt to loosen the cords that bind us to sin through this mortal coil. The body. Source of all pleasure. Source of all our trouble. Source of all misery. That is until we bring it into subjection. Then it becomes a vehicle in and through which we glorify God.
That is it in a nut shell.
Except the part in Revelation where the Lord said what he’ll do if He is let in when he knocks.
That’s what we’ll discuss next time.