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In order to walk in health successfully dedication is a must. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but Keola Fit’s approach to it often does.
Come New Year, many people will choose to commit to eating right and exercising. Right now, those same people areprobably looking forward to this last hurrah over the holidays. A time to indulge, because “it’s time to celebrate and after all I’m going to make up for it come 2014.”
While choosing to eat right and exercise is a good thing, deciding this IS your avenue to health places all the burden of health on you and your works. If you reach a plateau or dive headfirst into a bucket of ice cream after a rough day of life, you can easily become overwhelmed by frustration, guilt, or disappointment thinking you blew it or stopped losing so you might as well just go back to eating and doing whatever you want. Skirting these derailers is key and the secret to doing this is a change of thinking.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.“ That word saved encompasses so much more than going to heaven when you die. Translated from the Greek word sózó, Strong’s Concordance defines it as “I save, heal, preserve, rescue”. The Exhaustive Concordance adds “be made whole”. HELPS™ Word Studies says, “properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety)”. The Word origin also includes “get well or be made well” and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon explains that it involves restoration to health.
According to the Word of God, your health, your spirit, soul, and body wellness, was paid for by the blood of Jesus. It is a gift of grace and is received by faith, not by striving in exercise and diet (so that no one can boast). This is a radical teaching, but true! Does that mean that we can eat whatever we want, sit on the couch all day, and treat everyday like the holidays?
If you truly believe it, i.e. have faith in it, then you will not be bound to your cravings and you will be walking in right behavior naturally. (NOTE: That doesn’t say easily or perfectly, but the desire of your heart will line up with the will of God and He is well able to give you the power to walk it out regularly. Your success is not dependent on you, but Him!)
Eating right and living an active life will be expressions of your faith (James 2:26). They are a fruit of salvation, not a root, and created by the Holy Spirit. You won’t be freaked out if you miss a day of exercise or indulge a little. Those things are paid for by the blood of Jesus, so you can do it without condemnation as you walk by the Spirit and fix your dedication on loving and trusting Jesus instead of the things you “should” be doing.
So, how the heck do you really believe this stuff? Well, this little verse in Ephesians explains that, too. Faith is also a gift from God. When you get to a place that admits you want to believe it but just don’t and can’t, praise God! That is confession. You are agreeing with God that you don’t have the capability and you need Him. Sometimes the best prayer you can pray is the one spoken from the mouth of a frustrated father in the Gospel of Mark, “Lord I believe, help me with my unbelief!” (vs 9:24)
It is those humble moments that allow Him to work genuine faith into your heart and soul by His Spirit. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6) This is when you know the truth and are set free from the bondage of “have to”.
God honors free will and, even now, is giving you a choice. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the temple. Christmas celebrates the dedication and amazing love of God who chose to step down from heaven to save His creation. Don’t put off until January what should be done today. Choose to rededicate His temple, yourself, to Him right now. Don’t look at Christmas as your free days to bask in the glory of gluttony. Instead, bask in the glory of His presence and believe in the work of Jesus. Then, you will walk in His temperance out of a heart of love and gratitude and you will be free indeed. Salvation is right now!
For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.”Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT)
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
(Psalm 37:5 AKJV)
(Psalm 37:5 AKJV)
Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. (Ephesians 2:8-9 TLB)