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The S-T-R-E-T-C-T-H

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!””

Mark 9:23-24 NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Tuesday night’s message regarding emotional eating was very difficult to digest (pun intended). Frankly, I’m petrified of falling apart inside without some sort of emotional support. I have survived a Stage IV cancer diagnosis so honestly, mentioning the Big C doesn’t frighten me. I have defeated that Goliath.

However, surrendering my love of ‘comfort foods’ to God does.  My oncologist put before me seven procedures I would have to endure during the cancer ordeal and I used very colorful language. I chose a certain phrase to say in no uncertain terms that I was unwilling to endure the procedures necessary to live. I preferred to quit over living. CLEARLY I was unwittingly exercising my unbelief. But God….. Not only did He use my doctor to speak life when I refused to, but I’ve also been in remission for the last seven years.

I say that to say I know now that my cancer ordeal was not necessarily for me. Many others will continually benefit from me telling the story of His faithfulness (Revelation 12:11). Therefore, I must look at this ‘emotional eating’ ordeal in the very same way. I will not only have the opportunity to witness my enemies being drowned (like that of Pharaoh and his army at the Red Sea)(Psalm 136:15), but perhaps I can be an example to someone else who wants to be an overcomer.

I have learned that God appreciates our honesty in this spiritual journey.

While I do feel God is ultimately in control, I don’t feel we are absolved of our God-given authority. (Luke 10:19)  I feel the charge to surrender any power over us (emotional eating) was given on Tuesday night, so I urge each of us in attendance to pay very close attention to God’s gentle nudges.

That said, it’s time to collectively be one another’s “push partners.” This is a necessary step as well as doing away with ‘emotional eating’ to graduate to the next level! REPLACE, right? Let us all pray for one another please…

 

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God–it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”

JAMES 5:16 AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

 

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