In the EAW Health and Fitness Course, we spend 3 weeks discussing the opposition you must face from the enemy when you start to rebuild the temple of the Holy Spirit and fortify the walls of your mind with God's Word. Although the Bible clearly identifies Satan's tricks, it never fails that an EAW class participant is spiritually attacked in one of the ways mentioned in the Word. For example, the enemy attacks the family. Sometimes it's sickness. Other times marital problems or family strife. He attacks finances, and he sends fatigue, to name a few weapons in his arsenal.
You must remember God promised in His Word that no weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Life's journey is filled with distractions even when you're not trying to lose weight, get help for anorexia or bulimia, or otherwise live a healthy lifestyle. Your past should be a good indicator that you can't eat or starve your way out of the stress of life. The food doesn't change anything except you. In the case of the glutton, it makes you fatter, sicker, and closer to death's door with each unhealthy meal. In the case of the anorexic, it makes you skinnier, sicker, and closer to death's door with each meal you forgo. You must learn to recognize that stressful situations are the enemy's strategy to get you to take your eyes off Jesus and sink in the sea of debt, marital problems, sickness, and relational strife you are experiencing. But if you stay focused on the Lord, you will rise above the turbulent waters to take your place at the Master's side. He'll command the storms in your life to cease and give you peace within as you continue to trust Him and eat and drink for His glory.
Therefore, I encourage you to ignore the howling wind and the torrential rain of problems the enemy hurls at you, and stay focused on the spiritual task at hand! You've quit under pressure too many times before, and it's never solved anything! It only added to the mountain of guilt and shame for giving in to the temptation to quit. Again, you felt the sting of another defeat on top of your list of other sorrows. Instead, let's pray to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14) and trust God's promise that you will finally attain it!
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