Three weeks ago I purchased a gym membership and disposed of all junk food in my cabinets and refrigerator. I made up my mind that I was making a lifestyle change for the better. After two weeks of eating healthy foods and sweating it out at the gym I began to get frustrated because I had not lost any weight. I was simply trying to rush the process. When have we attempted to rush the process in the spirit? When our spirits aren’t fed the right foods daily then it becomes weak. We have to remember that this walk with Christ is daily.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:12-16 NIV
I wasn’t looking at the bigger picture. I began something that had many benefits. Being active and putting the right foods in my body is more important than just the physical result. The physical doesn’t show now but it will as long as I continue to workout and eat healthy foods. My body will become stronger and stronger. It is the same with Christ. You may be a baby in Christ but as long as you continue to feed your spirit (read the Bible, worship, fellowship, pray and live according to the word) you and others will see a transformation like never before. Remember it’s a process.
“But as for you continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it and from infancy you have known the holy scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through Jesus Christ. All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in tighten wood so that the servant of God is equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV
Dear Daddy, Thank You for the work You’ve done and the work in progress. I understand that I am not where I want to be but I thank You that I am not who or where I used to be. I love You and thank You for guiding me every step of the journey. In Jesus’ name Amen!
Ladies today I EMPOWER to continue to feed your spirit! Remember that God isn’t a quick fix but an everlasting relationship and lifestyle and with his spirit in you, the results will be evident.
Have you tried to “rush the process” with God? How have you learned to live “daily?” Share your story with us.
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Ms. Chaunte’ Tate is a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T University with a degree in Journalism. She is currently preparing to begin her law school education in New York. She is passionate about the spiritual advancements of all followers of Christ. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”