As you may know, I (Pastor Jonathan) have been on a journey for the past 3 years. I have been on a journey of health. A journey to help get my life back. With God’s help I lost 273 lbs. and have been struggling up and down over the last several months. Please pray for me and keep me accountable! (I’m giving you permission to call me out)
I started this journey several times before only to fall off the path within weeks. It’s so frustrating to fall back into old, sinful ways that we are trying to change. If you are like me, you’ve probably started off a new week, month, or year with serious intentions to CHANGE your life. Maybe your goal was to lose weight, stop smoking, read your Bible more, or be a better spouse. Whatever it was, you had good intentions but within a short time you fell short. FRUSTRATING!!
Have you ever got trapped in the cycle of sin, repent, sin, repent. You know what I mean. No matter how much you want to change or how bad you feel when you do it, you end up going back to your old ways and habits. Paul wrote about this in Romans 7:15 when he said, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
So the question is: How do you change? For good? Well let me start by saying true and lasting change only comes through Jesus and His Holy Spirit in you. But maybe you’re like me and need some practical steps that you can take that will help you change and stay changed. I wrote these several years ago and needed to come back and refresh my self.
HOW TO CHANGE
1. SET GOALS- When someone starts to run a race they know exactly where they are headed. Paul wrote, “So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:26) A realistic, time-based, and trackable goal will help you stay on track and keep you motivated. Don’t just say, “I’m going to lose weight,” or “I’m going to be closer to God.” Those are hard to measure. Instead say, “I’m going to lose 1 or 2 pounds per/week,” or “I’m going to read my Bible every day.” Those are measurable.
2. DON’T STOP- REPLACE- In Ephesians 4:28-29 the Bible says, “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Did you see that? Paul was encouraging the church to replace sin or bad habits with good habits. Don’t just stop stealing. Replace your desire to steal with hard work and sharing with others in need. The same thing goes for your desire to change. “Stop eating bad!” Ain’t gonna help you very much. Put the cheeseburger down and eat a salad instead. Pick up a bible instead of a remote control.
3. SET ACCOUNTABILITY IN YOUR LIFE- Accountability is probably the biggest part of my success in losing weight. We can’t “closet diet” or secretly break all of our bad habits. Let’s be honest- you cannot trust you– if left alone, we will probably mess things up- I’m just being honest. The Bible says, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16) We need people in our life to help us stay on track. Remember God said that “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) We were meant to live in community with people. This is why I started Jonathan Weaver’s Weight-loss Journey. It is a Facebook page to hold myself accountable to my journey. Sometimes we have to do something drastic to win the struggles we have in our life. Sometimes that means letting other people in on our struggles. If you want to be healed- you’ll do it. Find someone you can trust that will pray for you and keep you accountable!