“Seek and deeply long for the Lord—His strength, His power, His might. Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually.”1

This is what we have to do if we want to change, transform in any way. Changing a habit is pretty easy. We do it all the time, but transformation is a process of commitment.

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Changing Habits

When I began my weight loss journey in earnest, it helped me to realize for every bad habit I stop, I need to start a good one. I focus on what I want to start and put firm boundaries around what I want to stop. I don’t focus on the stop because my brain doesn’t hear the “not”. So if my stop is, “I will not eat sugar,” my brain hears, “Sugar, sugar, sugar.” So I focus on my start, which for me was eating fresh fruit.

Change is possible on willpower alone, for a short time. However, willpower runs out eventually even for those with the most determination. We need God’s help in order for change to be lasting—in order for change to become transforming.

Transformation

Transformation is a complete lifestyle change. It’s not possible on self-effort alone. We need His strength, His power and His might. Most of us have been raised to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, to make it on our own, to try harder, reach higher, fly longer. God has designed us to accomplish great and mighty things, but only if we recognize the Source of our ability to even breathe.

God’s power to transform is available to all believers. It’s actually a simple process, but for some it’s oh so hard to step into.

I Am Weak

The Apostle Paul was pretty hard-headed, actually. I mean, God had to blind him and speak to him audibly to get him to believe. Then, later, God determined Paul needed a constant reminder of where his Source of power.

God told Paul, “My grace is enough. It’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”2

When I am weak, then I am strong,3 but only through the strength of God. However, He won’t barge in and take over.

He will patiently wait until I tell Him, I just can’t do this. I need something only You can do, God.

In order to be strong, I have to have Paul’s mindset. “I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”4

Towards Transformation

After I surrender to Him, though, there is another step. It’s not enough just to lay on the floor feeling weak. We have to seek and deeply longing for His face. This is far from an idle process. It is active. It is ongoing and it is necessary to obtain total transformation.

Moses saw God’s face. When He returned from that face-to-face encounter his face shone so brightly he had to put a veil over it5. Ah, but God tells us today, there is no veil necessary. He will be with us continually if we want Him to. If we seek Him.

Action Steps

One more thing. Here’s the thing about seeking Him. Once we find Him, we must go with Him wherever He goes and DO whatever He does. If not, we have ceased to seek Him. Seeking is not only an action in and of itself, it results in an action.

Are you seeking? Are you deeply longing for His face? Do you really want His presence. Are you willing to do what He wants instead of demanding He do what you want?

What do you need to do to begin your transformation process?

If God and I can do it,God and you can do it!

Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching Group is a place where transformation takes place. It is a process. Having a coach who has been there was invaluable on my journey and I know it will be on yours. Right now we are going back to the basics for the holidays. I’m offer a special right now to help get you through the holidays. Go HERE to join today.

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32 Cor. 12:10 NLT

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has two more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help" and "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" in addition to "Sweet Grace" and "Sweet Freedom Study Guides". Her fourth book "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God" will be available in summer 2017. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss or writing tabs at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.

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