Friday, February 27, 2009

Biggest Loser - Week Eight - Self Control!

Now there is a word I have a problem with, and apparently all of America has the same issue NO?! Self control.... hummm......

Self control - restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires

"Restraint" now there's an interesting word.

Restraint - a control over the expression of one's emotions or thoughts

As I have read through the "Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss" this week the word self control has come up, ALOT! Self control is one of the fruits of the spirit, but do we pursue it as passionately as we pursue the other eight fruits! It says in the book "we view self control as a nice but unobtainable ideal that we may speak of in theory but are incapable of practicing"

Could it be we don't want to practice it?!!! In my own life there have been way to many times where I have said "Lord I know I shouldn't eat this, but I'm going to." Then I cry and stomp my feet saying "why do I way so much! I just can't seem to lose weight!" Woe is me! Oh pleeeaaazzzeee, don't I take the cake! (Oh cake that sounds good) I am expecting God to just magically keep the pounds off me because I don't want to realize that I have the same power to practice self control as I do to practice, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. In the book the author says "The end result of this reasoning is that instead of practicing self control, we succumb to the doctrine of indulgence that says "If it feels good do it."

We hear in America have been fed the message "do it" for so long, it has become part of our subconscious. We have to break free from that thought process, we can do it according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, we can demolish any argument and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (I will be memorizing this passage). I have the power within me to exercise self control. I have willfully disobeyed my Father by now practicing the power I have in this area.

Dear Daddy,

I am so sorry for my willful act of disobedience in my practicing self control! I know that what I have done is wrong and I ask you to forgive me and restore my relationship with you. Continue to teach me by your wonderful word! Let me meditate on your precepts and hide them in my heart! Remind me that I do have all that I need to demolish strongholds that I have allowed to infiltrate my life because I have not had my armor on. Thank you for always loving me, and guiding me and disciplining me!

I love you with all my heart!

Your Daugther

lbs lost .6
gained self control


Denise said...

Inspiring post, congrats on your weight loss.

Mari said...

Self control is a biggie! I think you are right about it not being one of the fruits we strive for. I'm striving for it more!
I lost 1/2 pound this week.

Beth in NC said...

Hello Sister. I understand this battle all too well.

Last June I finally decided I MUST change my lifestyle. It was then that I realized IF I stayed away from flour and preprocessed sugars, my body would quit CRAVING THEM! Over time, I've been allowing myself to eat chocolate again (a little bit won't hurt me, right?). Well, the more I ate, the more I craved! I found that I went up a couple of pounds and my body was screaming for MORE chocolate.

On Wednesday, I made the decision -- NO MORE CHOCOLATE FOR NOW. It has made such a difference! I am tempted each day, but you're right, we must use self-control.

Bless you on this journey! (Sorry for writing a book!)

Erica said...

Uh your post rings all too true! If I would choose to have self-control I would definitely reap the benefits! Thank you for posting this, prayer and all!
God Bless!

skywind said...

The world needs people to self-control, know what they are doing, and must be done for their own responsible. We must learn self-control. I hope you can also do a good job. (Smile)

~Trina~ said...

I read the same book recently and I have to say of the tons of weightloss books I've read, this was one of the very best. Great balance with spiritual and nutritional knowledge. I continue on the weightloss journey, but am trying to surrender more to the Holy Spirit that already resides in me.