God has a destiny assignment for each of us. He will do anything to get us there. The evil one also knows our assignment better than we do and he will do anything to stop us from getting there. God is fighting for us, but we can thwart our destiny by eating out of the devil’s hands, literally. It’s a huge food fight, but God wins if we let Him.

Stronghold of Food

The evil one’s job is to steal, kill or destroy1 our influence, our assignment and the destiny God has for us. He does this most ardently through tempting us to allow unhealthy foods to become an overwhelming stronghold in our bodies.

Running to food for comfort in any situation snowballs into a stronghold before we know it. It seems innocent at first, but before we know it, it has bound and chained and the devil plies us with more delicacies.

Breaking the stronghold is necessary to fulfill the destiny God has for us. I won’t be like the diet gurus who say it is easy. It’s not easy, but it was so very freeing to know I was being obedient to do what God told me to do regarding my health.

I Needed Help

I couldn’t do it on my own. I had to allow God to put a mentor and coach in my life, with a group of people who needed help like me all focused on allowing God to lead us on this journey. This literally saved my life and it’s the reason I offer a weight loss coaching class and group, because they work.

In the class I tell the members what is necessary to not just lose the weight, but keep it off. I share how I learned to take the Word of God and apply it to this area of my life. I don’t just focus on the physical aspect of weight loss. I also focus on the emotional and mental as well. That always leads to the spiritual. I point out that an automatic emotional reaction of going to food instead of to God means there is a deep spiritual issue going on that we haven’t even recognized.

Our Stomaches Have Become Our God

Our stomachs have become our god.2 It literally arrested me when at 430 pounds, I finally admitted that verse was talking about me. I had raised up a false god in my life and that was comfort foods, anything made with sugar and flour that Grandma used to fix.

I felt those foods would assuage any of my emotional angst, anger, frustration, stress, overwork, loneliness, shame, guilt, regret, sadness, depression or any emotion I couldn’t handle

I would eat so I wouldn’t chew somebody’s head off because getting angry like that didn’t seem very Christian. I would just eat so I could appear to be more Christian. Of course, that only put the pounds on more.

Weight Loss Is Hard

Losing more than 250 extra pounds was difficult and it was very physical, but I couldn’t have lost the weight and kept it off if I didn’t address the emotional issues. I had to face that they were there and what they were. I had to learn how to embrace my emotions and discern how to manage them without using food to do it. I had to learn how to reprogram my brain and how to get myself out of the automatic habits I’d made of running to food.

I also had to understand that if I had allowed food to become my god that meant I had a really big spiritual disconnect. I had to repent, turn from what I was doing and put God back on the throne of my life. As a Christian I didn’t want to admit that food had become my god, but when I looked at where I was, I could no longer deny I had more than just a physical issue.

Weight loss is about the totality of who we are. We cannot separate the physical issues from the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of us. We are a total package. This is why we can go on tons of weight loss diets and programs and lose weight only to gain it back. We have not addressed the issues that are at the root of this problem.

The Beginning

Nothing happens until we start. In my coaching class I present the concepts we need to put in place in a step-by-step process to begin to address what is going on with us. We speed two weeks on each concept, one week with a teaching video and one week where I answer group questions in a Q and A video. Then we go to the next concept. I expect those who come into the group to be committed and ready to work, just like they would do in a college class.

Anyone from anywhere can take this class. There are no time restraints. Even those in foreign countries can take this class. They only need to know English and have access to a computer or electronic device where they can get the internet. I’ve had several in each class from foreign countries and across the U.S.

#KickWeight 3 has only been open for members a short while, but we already have three pastors in the group. I love to have those in my class who are influencers. I know God hates the fact that the devil is using food addiction to take out some of His most avid warriors due to obesity and obesity-related diseases.

The evil one is putting blinders over our eyes, but in this group we rip them off!

I Will Live!

I love the words of the song, “God Is Fighting for Us”. It says, “I will live. I will not die. The resurrection power of Christ, alive in me and I am free in Jesus’ name!”

God’s power is available to us on this journey because He has an assignment for each of us to fulfill. He is pushing back the darkness, defeating the enemy. He has overcome and is on our side. He is fighting for us, but He won’t take the cookie out of our mouths. We have to learn how to do that allowing His power to make us stand strong in Him.

Win the food fight! Follow God! Fight for your destiny! He helped me win the food fight with a coach to lead me and a group to co-partner with me. Join #KickWeight 3, a class with a purpose. I’ll be your coach and others who join will be your co-partners. The group is open now for introductions. There are limited spots. Doors close May 22. Go HERE to join.

I’ll see you in the group.

1John 10:10 NLT

2Phil 3:19 NIV

Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
Destiny Calling
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 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.