Saturday, March 23, 2019

Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength & power

Growing wearing when on an exercise and weight loss program is often a setback. If we keep the right mindset and perspective however, we can renew our strength and continue building fat loss momentum.

When I went out on my bike ride today this song came to me.  It’s sung in various circles performed by different people, but they all get the words from the same scripture verse.

31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40-31 Amplified Version

Though many take the words from the King James Version, I looked at several versions and the Amplified Version struck me as applicable to you and I on our journey towards weight loss (and long-term fat loss). Wait in the Amplified Version is defined as [who expect, look for, and hope in Him], which we should definitely do.  We should tie our expectations & hopes in the Lord and look for evidence of his prescience in our lives.

One of those God moments where he shows himself through those odd (what secular people would call coincidence) circumstances happened to me today.

One of our key Bible verses in my small group at church today was this scripture verse and as we had a dialog about how it applied to our lives a friend of mine, Jenny, was sharing some difficulties she was having letting go of a situation between her brother & mother. She admitted to being a worrier her whole life and that she just couldn’t let go.

I felt like the Holy Spirit was reminding me of a close friend of mine (who is the Pastor of thriving church in Oregon) once told me that the Greek word for the word wait in the verse from Isaiah 40:31 is actually better defined as someone who waits on you. Like a waiter. Always there asking “is there something I can do for you? Do you need anything? How can help you?” I shared this with her and told her that every time she feels compelled to worry she should take it to him…let it go and ask…”what do you want from me Lord in this situation? How can I serve YOU? What do you want me to do Lord? That way she can transform herself from worrier to warrior for Christ.

I pray friend that today you would wait on the Lord.  For everything. Renew your strength and not grow weary as you pursue Christian Vitality through exercise and better eating..

2 comments

  1. winnifred Aspinall

    hi pastor Dan thanks for your email about the ice water. i never knew you could loose weight with ice water. i went this is my story i went home to Jamaica last year .there was a lot of work i had to do in my home so i was working a lot and i was drinking a lot of ice water and i kept thinking why am i drinking some much water bye the way my water has to be cold i do not like warm water. so are three weeks i return to the states i went to the dr and the weight me i had lost eleven i thought it was the work but know you are saying that ice water can make you loose weight.God bless you.

  2. Hi Winnifred,

    Thank you for the post.

    It is likely that the work is the larger contributor to the weightloss, but the ice water probably helped get 2-3 lbs…maybe 4 lbs tops.

    Have a blessed day!

    Pastor Dan

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