Healthy living is God’s choice for me, but He won’t force it on me. I have to choose it. As for me today healthy living is my choice, but it wasn’t always like that. I didn’t really even understand why God would give me a choice. Now I know, though, it cannot be legislated. For transformation to work, it must be our choice. Even God can’t make us do it.

This whole concept of God giving us free will goes right over our heads. That’s because as parents we try to control our children so they won’t embarrass us or themselves. Truth be told, we do that because we don’t want people to think we are bad parents.

Taken to its logical end, if I am God’s child, then shouldn’t God be concerned about how the way I live embarrasses Him? Yet, God is not into making us behave. He is all about freeing us.

Now here’s the big question, freeing us to do what? He frees us from running to things that look good at first, but turn so addictive and controlling that we cannot pry ourselves from their grip.

Captive To Sugar

I was there. Sugar and comfort foods held me captive. I was tightly in its grip. I could break loose only by sheer willpower for certain lengths of time to get to a goal weight. The minute I got there, sugar was waiting to lure me back into the cozy nest we had made. I was once again its prisoner by choice.

I had never really been free from its power because it was always on my mind to the extent that I dreamed about getting to my goal weight as quick as I could so I could once again indulge to my heart’s desire. Which, of course, led me right back into a prison of my own making.

I knew the only way to get free was to give up my security blanket. I was like a two-year-old holding on to it for dear life. How would I navigate through my emotions without anesthetizing my pain with the foods that had always helped me push away fear, anger, frustration, sadness, rejection and shame? I couldn’t face myself or my pain without my old friend sugar.

My Friend Jesus

Even though I knew that Jesus was supposed to be my friend, He wasn’t as tangible to me as a warm brownie right out of the oven. He seemed stuck in between the pages of His book. I hadn’t learned how to take my emotions to Him and let Him help me sort them out. I hadn’t learned that He calls me one of His “most intimate friends” (John 15:15 TPT).

In other words, my concept of Father God and Jesus was totally off base. God isn’t a father who wants control me and punish me if I get out of line and Jesus isn’t a distant untouchable acquaintance.

God gives us choice and always has. Even as far back as the Old Testament, He gave us a choice to choose between life and death. To choose life all we have to do is love God by obeying Him and committing to Him, (Deut. 30:19-20 NLT). Or take it all the way back to Genesis 3 in the garden when Eve made the choice to eat of the tree God said would bring death. That was her choice and God did not interfere with it.

Following God

We are a stubborn people. We learn from experience that our best choice is always to follow what God has for us. His way frees us from the bondage of our past mistakes. Following what we want will always keep us stuck.

This verse says it best. “Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past,” (Galatians 5:1 TPT).

I am free to choose life. I am free to follow Christ. I don’t have to act on every whim of my emotions or thought that crosses my mind.

I “can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. I capture, like prisoners of war, every thought an insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One,” (2 Cor. 10:5 TPT).

We can’t do this by ourselves we need “the strength of Christ’s explosive power that infuses us to conquer every difficulty,” (Phil. 4:13 TPT).

Healthy Living Journey

When we fully grasp that eating whatever we want, whenever we want it and not taking care of our bodies is against what God wants for us, it should move us to repentance. But we can’t stop there.

Repentance should lead us to seek to find a way to follow His plan for healthy living. That’s exactly what I did. In the process I lost 250 pounds and got closer to God than I ever have before.

God led me to discover His success path for healthy living. It’s what I have based my course, Journey to Transformation around. It’s a five stage process to not just lose weight, but keep it off through a total lifestyle change.

It’s not a quick fix. Those don’t work. This 16-week course will teach you the steps. It will start you on the journey. After the course ends, those who want more support will be invited to join our ongoing group, Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Community.

Do the Two-Step!

I have two action steps for you to take. Yeah, do the two-step!

One, doors to Journey to Transformation will open Feb. 8 and close Feb. 15. Get on the waitlist in order to be among the first people in line. Go to: https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/JTT and signup on the waitlist. Then we will send you a reminder when the doors open. There are limited spots so act quickly when you get that email.

Two, our FREE live, online Success Path to Healthy Living Workshop is on Feb. 11 at 7 pm. We will talk about this process and you can ask any questions. The link to signup for that is https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/free-workshop/.

I can’t wait to see everyone in our private Facebook Group for Journey to Transformation. Don’t forget to sign up HERE.

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 three more books, "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.