“I have no willpower.” Me neither. At least for most of us weight loss people, willpower wanes rapidly especially in face of a brownie. The “will” according to the dictionary is “the power of control over one’s own actions or emotions.” This is the weak link for weight loss dieters. The will is the mind’s decider. It says “yes” or “no.” Some people do have stronger dispositions than others. However, people who are weight challenged already have will power issues so the likelihood of having a strong will is nil.
Jesus said, “Keep awake and watch and pray [constantly], that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38 AMP). The flesh is the physical—mental part of us. When it comes to food temptations we just don’t have the willpower to overcome on a long-term basis. That’s why after three days, there is no willpower left to carry on. That’s why we have to reach deeper. As believers, we have the full power of God within us to overcome. We need help to carry on a weight loss diet. That’s why Jesus says to pray and receive that strength to overcome the temptations that come with dieting. Lean on the Spirit who empowers us to stick to it. Don’t count on willpower.
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