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I’ve recently read a few articles on the correlation between guilt and weight spurred on by the results from a study reported in the online journal Appetite. The study tracked feelings and behaviors associated with eating chocolate cake. What they found was that those who felt guilty after consuming the cake were more likely to gain weight, while those who saw it as a celebration had higher odds of staying slim. Hmmm, a celebration!?!? That sounds familiar. (See February’s blogpost “Let Them Eat Cake“)
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It comes as no surprise to me that science would actually back up the message that is proclaimed through Graceful Health and Keola Fit. The problem with the finding is that it doesn’t offer any practical solution to overcome the guilt. Sure, feeling enjoyment instead of guilt when eating is likely what you want to do since it’s favorably linked with health and well-being, but making that a reality in your life can be difficult. How do you break the cycle of guilt and condemnation that plagues you? The problem runs deeper than your physical body and therefore the solution must also effect change in your heart, mind, and emotions – your soul.
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Thessalonians 5:23 ESV
There are one of 3 ways that people can deal with guilt. One, remain in it and bear the heaviness of mistakes. This weight of sin can be worn as weight on your body, cause excessive grief and depression, as well as other struggles. Two, turn from the moral code that was placed on everyone’s hearts and decide that sin is no longer sin. This might ease the immediate feeling of guilt, but it will plunge you into a deeper bondage to sin and more extreme forms of it. This faux freedom will further destroy you and others around you. It will be exposed eventually, but can be wiped clean now through turning and acceptance of the Savior Jesus. Finally, you can see that ALL sin was taken into the body of perfect Jesus. He was condemned for your sin, so you don’t have to be.
“God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 ISV
When you eat you truly can celebrate, since He made you the righteousness of God through Christ. Even though you still sin, you are not in your sin, because the punishment was placed on Jesus. Each time you want to beat yourself up for over-doing it or making a “poor” choice, take that thought captive by reminding yourself that Jesus paid for that exact sin. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person/Christian when you make a mistake, it just means that you still need a Savior. The humble and truly free person recognizes that they always do. Cast your heavy weight of guilt on Him and receive His burden which is light and easy. He loves you so much!
As you actively renew your mind and humbly receive the truth of the Gospel, the power of sin will break in your life. You will begin to wear the righteousness that He freely gave to you more and more in your actions. You’ll truly shed the weight of guilt in your soul and body. This Gospel truth applies not only to eating, but anything you are struggling with. Have faith in the work of Jesus to save you in all things and be lighter and free!
Prayer to speak for deliverance:
Lord, thank You that You took all the punishment and curse for my sin. Help my heart to know You more and move me into a greater revelation of the sacrifice You made for me as well as the love that You have for me. I refuse to be condemned or punished anymore for something that You have graciously bore for me. I know that Your sacrifice was enough, because God raised You from the dead expressing His full acceptance. I release all my sins over to You. I release my whole self over to You and make You Lord of every part of my being – spirit, soul, and body. I trust You to take me and keep me. Thank You for Your forgiveness, love, and grace. I choose to place my faith in Your work alone. Help me to boldly walk in obedience to You through faith in and gratitude for what You did. You are worth it! Align my desires to Yours, and give me the power to move in them. In Jesus name. Amen.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'” Matthew 11:28 NLT
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'” Romans 1:16-17 NIV
“So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit—and this power is mine through Christ Jesus—has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death. We aren’t saved from sin’s grasp by knowing the commandments of God because we can’t and don’t keep them, but God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours—except that ours are sinful—and destroyed sin’s control over us by giving himself as a sacrifice for our sins.” Romans 8:1-3 TLB
“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.'” Galatians 3:13 NLT
“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14 NIV
“For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation andbe made safe and sound through Him. He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]” John 3:17-18 AMP
“Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.” Romans 4:7 AMP
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 AKJV
“But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” Galatians 5:5-6 NLT