Yesterday morning I challenged the Fit Pastors tribe within our Facebook group with this,
“To have a lifestyle of health you must overcome the vicious cycle of weight loss and weight gain. You must develop consistency, continuity, and sustainability for the sake of longevity. I’m praying over the each of you to have a renewing of the mind today that brings health transformation. What are you doing today to bring this to fruition? Your tribe is here to help you stay P.A.C.E.D. (prayer, accountability, community, encouragement, direction).”
Little did I know that I would later in the day experience a spiritual attack. I was not ready and my guard was down and I let myself go sideways mentally and emotionally. It can happen so fast as our enemy is ready to pounce at any moment! To be transparent I questioned God about some things in my life, ranted in complaint about some circumstances, and vocalized my frustrations. I took out some of this on someone close to me.
Then I open my Bible reading plan this morning and read Psalms 15-17. It was like a warm bath to my spirit and soul. David writes from this deep perspective, wisdom, and confidence. He realizes that,
“Troubles multiply for those who chase after other Gods.” 15:4 and in 17:14 “those that looks to this world for their reward will be destroyed”. He doesn’t want that life and instead looks at others in 15:3 “The Godly are my true heroes!”.
To do this he submits himself to self-reflection in 17:3-5,
“You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say (in chapter 14 he discussed gossip and speaking negatively of friends).”
David looks upward ultimately to become his own hero and a longing to leave a legacy in 16:1-2
“Keep me safe, O God, you are my refuge. You are my master. Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. Satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones, may their children have plenty; leaving an inheritance for their descendants.”
His face is set like flint, focused, determined, resolute in 16:7-8,
“I will bless the Lord who guides me, even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me, I will not be shaken, for he’s right beside me. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence, and the pleasures of living with you forever.”
In 17:5 and 17:15 he says in confidence knowing that his personal relationship with his Heavenly Father is an absolute and is his foundation in life to not waver,
“My steps have stayed on your path, I haven’t wavered from following you. Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.”
Each day is a battle and a fight against our enemy. Yesterday we could be defeated, but today is a new day! It parallels to the vicious cycle of weight loss and gain doesn’t it? If we over-indulge with food one day it is so important to not completely fall off the wagon on day two and day three. In the same way we must be consistent, have continuity, and be sustainable we must commit to daily time in God’s word and in prayer.
Today I will ask forgiveness, get refocused, and I choose to bounce back from my setback. To get back on track I must bounce back quickly. I recognize God is my master, my refuge, my guide, my constant, my eternal Father whom abides in me.