I’m hopping mad at the devil, and yes he does exist. I’m mad at him because he thinks he has captured the beautiful, loving, well-meaning children of God fooled on a whole bunch of fronts. I know what he’s trying to do. He’s got plans for evil, not for good. I’m calling him out on at least one of his especially humongous, nasty schemes.1 It’s stuff the devil won’t tell you because he’s a liar!

Here’s the deal, “Evil one, because I have Jesus, I win. Not you. You have no power over my life and the lives of God’s children. So stop your lying, thieving and killing plans and go somewhere else. Take your hands off me and God’s people in Jesus’ name.”

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The Past

One big lie he always likes to bring up is the past. He loves to harass God’s people with what they’ve done. Now, I remember my past and it wasn’t pretty, literally. Weighing 430 pounds is never pretty.

The feeling of shame, which I believe is really a harassing spirit, liked to follow me around and get me to the place where I ate more to try to cover up those overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame.

Today, memories of my past fuel me to never want to go back there again. I keep my before picture embedded in my mind. It feels like eons ago, but I never want to forget that feeling of despair, pain and trying to hide from everyone and every situation.

Everything has changed since then. I love my life. I love my husband. I love my children. I especially love those I coach. “In the name of Jesus, evil one, you take your hands off those God has entrusted to my care. You have no rights in their lives.”

The Present

The present reality for many of God’s children is that the evil one still has the wool pulled over their eyes. He’s frantically trying to perpetuate his lies that sweet and starchy foods are the be-all, end-all for every problem.

Friends, that’s a lie from the very pit of hell! Oh, he has many of these lies, but today I’m calling him out on this one really big lie. Food used beyond the necessary element to fuel our bodies, is not pleasure. It’s bondage. And the more we think it is our friend and helper, the deeper into bondage we go.

God wants us free to follow Him, to live connected to Him. However when we willfully rely on a substance or a desire to give us comfort, protection, pleasure, alleviate pain and sadness, we have bought into a lie and started the process for a stronghold of evil to take over our lives.

The Apostle Paul tells us, “Let me be clear. The Anointed One has set us free, not partially, but wonderfully and completely free. We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back to the bondage of our past.”2

Failure is a great teacher. It teaches me not to do that again. It teaches me to move forward, not stop or turn back. My past is important. It fuels me to do the right thing today.

The Future

The evil one’s greatest torment is our future. God talks about our future all the time, this great destiny He has in store for us. He’s always reminding the evil one of his future and believe me, it’s not pretty, but yours is and can be beautiful.

“Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”3 

See, the evil one cannot take us out of God’s hands3 once we are there, but he can tempt us and make us ineffective for the Kingdom of God. If we buy into his lies and this one humongous scheme, he will try to steal, kill and destroy all of our futures.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance to the full, till it overflows.”5

When we walk completely with the Lord, follow His plans for us and reject the tempting schemes of the evil one, the beauty of our future is that we have one that is out of this world, literally.

What God has in store for us is summed up in this following passage. I want you to read it aloud to yourself and insert your name where it says “you” and “your.” Sincerely, do it or retype it and put your name in there. I dare you.

God’s Plan For YOU!

“May YOU, having been deeply rooted and securely grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all God’s people, the width and length and height and depth of God’s love fully experiencing that amazing, endless love; and that YOU may come to know practically, through personal experience the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience.

“And YOU may be filled up throughout YOUR being to all the fullness of God so that YOU may have the richest experience of God’s presence in YOUR life. completely filled and flooded with God Himself.  Now to Him who is able to carry out His purpose and do super abundantly more than all that YOU dare ask or think, infinitely beyond YOUR greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams, according to His power that is at work within YOU, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”6

This, my friend, is your future when you reject what the evil one is telling you is good and follow wholeheartedly everything God has for you.

No need to be afraid of the evil one, just remind him of his future in contrast to yours! He’ll tuck his head between his tail and leave.

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SWEET CHANGE IS CHANGING! Starting with the first week of October and through 2017, Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching Group will be focusing on Emotional Eating and Sweet Freedom principles. This will be the only group where members can get one-on-one coaching from Teresa. The new session of #KickWeight will be included for those who sign up for six months of Sweet Change. #KickWeight is a coaching class with Q&A videos to help answer questions, however, it will not include the one-on-one element of coaching Teresa offers in Sweet Change. Here’s the deal, you need a group to help you on your journey. Choose one. The waitlist for #KickWeight is open. However, Sweet Change is open now. Get immediate access when you sign up today by going HERE.

1 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 AMP

2Galatians 5:1 TPT

3 Revelation 20:10 NLT

4John 10:28 NLT

5 John 10:10 AMP

6Ephesians 3:17-21 AMP (with personal paraphrase)

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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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