We have been looking at whether we can expect God to help us in our weight loss efforts. We looked at the idea of first asking correctly of Him. Therefore, beyond asking, how can we expect God to help us?
I say, “Expect” because faith is expecting as well as giving Him permission to help. We have to believe He will help and then expect His help. When you know He’s helping, then you can look for signs of His help.
“And lead us not into temptation.” (Matthew 6:13) For dieter’s, the major problem is temptation. You see—you grab—you eat.
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
Two aspects of overcoming temptation. First, watch. Be on guard. Be aware of temptations and don’t just grab. You don’t have to eat the cookie even if it is there. One bank I go to has cookies on a plate when you walk in. It’s easy to grab one or two without thinking. Watch. I know the cookies are there and I can prepare for it. Be vigilant.
Second, pray. Praying is asking God for strength to overcome. It is asking Him to provide a way of escape. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Remember these temptations are common to people desiring weight loss. You aren’t alone out there. You aren’t the only one suffering these temptations. First, He will give you strength to bear it, or second He will give you a way to escape. If you see a plate of cookies, don’t go near them. That’s a way of escape.
Know that you don’t have the will power. Know that your flesh will want the cookie. Your spirit wants you to do the right thing. Now it’s relying on the Spirit of God in your spirit to direct your way. He wants to help you around the temptation and passed it. The more you overcome temptation, the more you can see God at work in your weight loss journey.