Every season has its fitness challenges:
Winter brings cold weather. Who wants to exercise in cold weather? No one, that’s who. Cold weather makes us want to curl up in blankets and watch movies. And who wants to watch movies without popcorn drenched in butter? And who wants to eat popcorn drenched in butter without a giant Coke? And when the popcorn drenched in butter is gone, you’ll need something sweet. It’s a good time to break out the box of Valentine’s candy.
Segue into Spring. Spring brings warmer weather—you’ve just lost your lack of exercise excuse—but it also brings Girl Scout Cookies. And Easter. Why do cute little girls and bunnies have to come bearing chocolate-covered peanut butter? Satan. That’s why.
Summer brings all things outdoorsy. And all things ice creamy. There’s no amount of Frisbee playing that can counteract the amount of ice cream my body desires to consume. Do any of you have a Graeter’s in your home town? Dude…the ice cream is like 100% fat. And 100 % yummy. My favorite flavor? Peanut butter chocolate chip. I do my best Meg Ryan imitations when I eat it—you know, the famous scene from When Harry Met Sally? It’s that good. I’m sure God has this flavor in Heaven.
Then there’s fall. And Halloween—more chocolate-covered peanut butter—at least Satan fesses up during this season. No bunnies or cute little girls in beanies. He just pulls out all the stops and admits: “CANDY IS STRAIGHT FROM THE PIT OF HELL.” And just when we’ve decided sugar is just “Satan” spelled backwards, there come all the legitimately Holy holidays. And we get all confused again. It’s pretty much three solid months of sugar and fat. Oh, and it’s getting cold again. Wanna rent a movie?
Yes, dear readers, there will always be fitness challenges. You will always face temptations to be sedentary when you need to exercise. Temptations to eat the wrong foods. Temptations to eat too much food. Temptations to look for the quick fix. Temptations to give up all together.
But I am about to reveal the number one diet secret of all time. Literally. Of all time. The one thing that will help you ride out any fitness season, overcoming every single temptation.
God is your strength.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
It doesn’t matter what your fitness challenge happens to be today, God’s got enough strength to help you overcome it.
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Exodus 15:2
Don’t like to exercise?
But David found strength in the LORD his God. I Samuel 30:6
Don’t like vegetables?
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. II Samuel 22:33
Can’t say no to fast food?
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always I Chronicles 16:11
Always go back for seconds…and thirds?
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place I Chronicles 16:27
Don’t think you have enough time to cook healthy meals?
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. I Chronicles 29:12
Have the choice between a doughnut and a bowl of oatmeal? A nap or a walk?
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. II Chronicles 16:9
I’ve heard so many people say, “I just don’t have the will power to stick with it.”
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:22
Fitness Friday girl agrees…you don’t!
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7
How do you tap into this amazing strength?
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
Well, you pretty much have to believe it’s for you…that’s faith.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
And you need to ask Him for it.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4
And you need to spend time in His presence, seeking His will, reading His word and worshiping Him…that’s serving Him.
O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. Isaiah 33:2
That’s pretty much it. Let God become Lord of your life, and He promises He will strengthen you.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
It’s not always easy to resist temptation…
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31
But it’s always possible.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
How do I know this?
I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, Isaiah 45:5
Because there are a few promises in His Word that mention it. Just a few, though. 🙂
I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will walk,” declares the LORD. Zechariah 10:12
And it just so happens, God strengthens me for every single good thing I do.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
No matter how big or how small.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. II Thessalonians 3:3
I promise you…if you try this one diet secret, you will not fail. You can’t. Because you will be relying on God, not yourself. And God can’t fail.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, II Timothy 1:12
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