Do you know your ABC’s?
God tells us throughout the Bible that we are to ask for his help. In John 16:24 we are told, “Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” In Matthew 7:7 God clearly tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you”
Why is it so many Christians don’t ask for God’s help in EVERY area of our lives, including healthy dieting and exercise? Is it because we don’t think He cares about how we eat or if we exercise?
The truth is, He cares about all parts of your life.
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Do you worry about your health? Do you care about your health? If so, God’s waiting to help you, after all, he’s the one that created you!
Please pause and take a moment to talk with God about your health. Share your fears with him, especially if you think you will make the same mistakes you’ve made in the past or you fear you will start out strong and then fall into old habits. Talk to Him like you would a close friend.
Don’t hold back, ask for his help; ask Him to give you the strength to stay faithful to this program and to change your heart’s desires when it comes to eating the wrong foods. Ask Him to help you have a better attitude about food and fitness. Take a few minutes to sit quietly and talk with Him. Don’t be afraid to Ask Him for His help.
Do you truly believe God can help you? Do you believe the Holy Spirit, that lives in you once you believe in Jesus, will give you the strength and power to make these changes? Are you trying to listen to Christ, who wants to direct your life, even your journey to better health? Do you have the confidence that you will succeed this time? Do you believe Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things though him who strengthens me.”
God is BIG. He created the Universe. He really can help you on this journey to better health. Believing you will succeed isn't prideful when you understand you can only do it because of God. This is really important to understand: Confidence is not based off your own abilities, rather your confidence comes from believing God’s word and knowing He can transform you when you turn to him.
Check your motives
God cares about all parts of your life, He will give you the strength to succeed but there’s a catch - your motives must to be in-line with His will.
“. . .the Lord examines their motives.” Proverbs 16:2
“. . .if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” 1 John 5:14-15
What are your motives for wanting to get fit? Sometimes it’s difficult to be in the world and not of it. The “World’s" messages tell you to exercise and diet so that you will have a ‘great looking body’ that will ‘impress others’. Do your motives line up with the world’s message or with God’s will? God doesn’t care about outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7) but He does want you to use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God (Romans 6:13)
If your only reason to get fit is so you can look a certain way, you may have to do it under your own steam without His power helping you. You are likely to stay trapped yo-yo dieting and failing at your fitness regime.
God has a plan for your life. It’s vitally important to make healthy changes so that you will have the energy and strength needed to respond to God’s calling. He will help you through it all, as through Him all things are possible, and you will succeed!
**Do you really believe the ABC’s will help you make lasting, healthy changes? Which of the ABC’s will be the most challenging for you - Asking for His help, Believing He can help you or keeping your motives in line with God’s will?
Benefits of Exercise
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than old-fashioned exercise. “Exercise is so good for you.” I’m sure you have heard that before! Look at all the benefits and anytime you can’t get the energy to workout, review the following tips to get motivated.
1. Exercise boosts your energy level: One of the main reasons I exercise is I want to be physically ready if I hear God’s call to take action. I know real joy in life comes from doing God’s work so I want to be in shape so that I have the energy to be used by Him in any way he sees fit.
Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. In fact, regular physical activity helps your entire cardiovascular system work more efficiently. Big deal? You bet! When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you'll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.
2. Exercise improves attitude: Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. As I mentioned above, you will have more energy, which will help you take on activities with a better attitude. Regular physical activity can even help prevent depression. When you combine your exercises with uplifting music and God’s word, it’s a winning combination!
3. Exercise helps fight disease: Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent osteoporosis? Physical activity might be the ticket. Regular physical activity can help you prevent — or manage — high blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, help prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Heaven’s going to be awesome but the longer you live the more time you have to tell people about God’s amazing love for them.
4. Exercise helps you sleep better: Struggling to fall asleep? Or stay asleep? It might help if you boost your physical activity during the day. A good night's sleep has many health benefits. And you guessed it — physical activity is sometimes the key to better sleep. Regular physical activity will help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Try not to exercise too close to bedtime or you might be too energized to fall asleep.
5. Exercise is good for your brain: When you exercise you send hormones rushing to your brain. There, they mix with a chemical called brain-derived neurotropic factor, or BDNF, which plays a role in brain cell growth, mood regulation, and learning. “BDNF is like fertilizer for the brain,” says John J. Ratey, Ph.D., a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Without it, our brains can’t take in new information or make new cells. If you want to keep your mind sharp, engage in cardiovascular activities.
6. Exercise can add fun to your day: – seriously it can! Physical activity doesn't have to be drudgery. Take a dance class, check out a local climbing wall, play tennis, go for a walk or put in a Faithful Workouts DVD and get moving. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and go for it. Your kids are watching everything you do, so let them see that exercise can be fun. Get your family to exercise with you. If you do a DVD together you will not only get in shape you will also connect with God and most likely have some good laughs too.
7. Exercise helps you manage your weight: Want to get to a healthy weight? Trade some couch time for walking or other physical activities. This one's a no-brainer. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn — and the easier it is to keep your weight under control. When you burn off more calories than you take in you lose weight. You don't always need to set aside major chunks of time for working out. Dedicated workouts are great, but physical activity you accumulate throughout the day helps you burn calories, too.
**Which of the benefits listed above most motivate you to exercise? Why?
Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals. Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results.