My dear sister in Christ, Stephanie, who I try to enCOURAGE every day

by Tammy Phillips
August 13, 2020

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, – Acts 3:19 NIV

Our land is sick.  We need healing and Jesus is calling US to repentance.  He is calling all, the sinner and the church to repent.  Yes, Christians need to change our minds and that means you and me.   We all have so much to learn. I cannot suggest that you repent and not share how he led me to repentance…again…

I have lost 100+ pounds twice before.  I cannot count on my fingers and toes how many times that I have lost 20-50 pounds.

 Jesus said, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.” – Matthew 26:41 NKJV.

I have managed to keep off fifty pounds since 2012, but I have also lost 50 more pounds and found them again. The Holy Spirit has gently and often, been whispering, “Repent.”

“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:5 NKJV

If we do not turn to Jesus as Savior, we will spend eternity separated from Him and perish eternally.  If we do not turn to Jesus as our LORD of ALL, we will spend our now perishing, sick in mind and body.  If I did not decide to turn from “lasciviousness” and being “incontinent, my body would perish sooner than planned by God.

“Know this, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” – 2 Timothy 3:1-4 KJV

Sound familiar?  Sound like our world today?  It has been the last days since Jesus died, but these are the last of the last days.  This verse speaks to me.  It states that men will be “incontinent.”   Incontinent is the Greek word akrates meaning loss of vigor, power, might and dominion over self.  Simply, it means no self-control.  In my case, it is saying, “NO to unhealthy foods.” If I know better and do not make the right choice, it is sin.

And, If that was not enough!

“[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…” – Galatians 5:16-19 KJV

Lasciviousness was a big, unknown word to me.   Its Greek meaning is excess or unbridled lust.  It refers to gluttony, eating an excess amount of food, undisciplined living or excessive sexual indulgence. (Ignorance does not excuse us from the long list of the works of the flesh in Galatians 5.). I did not get to be a luscious woman by making disciplined choices and eating small amounts of good food.

As we choose Jesus as our Savior, every day, we must also make a daily decision to let Him be Lord in every single area of our lives.  My spirit has been willing for years to lose weight.  In the past, I have decided to lose weight and I do.  However, I have never realized that I have to make a Godly decision about everything, including what I eat.  I chose to “turn” a deaf ear to my flesh and to the enemy of my soul.  I repented.  Food is not my lord, God is.  I said, “Let us do this!” Mind had to make a change before body could.

Look at 2 Timothy 3 and Galatians 5.  Where do you need to change your mind and turn to God?  I am praying for you because this is not easy.  It is not easy to face, nor easy to admit.  It is a call we cannot ignore.   Sadly, as I wrote this, I was kindly reminded of another area of my life where I need to change.  This transformation stuff, OUCH!

I enCOURAGE you one more time to change your mind wherever necessary.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will show you areas in your life where He needs to do a little work.  When He calls you out, I pray that you will turn to Him.   He loves you and only wants the very best for your life.

“Wake up. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and REPENT… – Revelation 3:3 NKJV 

Remember #healingbeginswithus:  https://complete-in-him.com/2020/03/26/healingbeginswithus/ 

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