Dear precious ones! Your hearts are so amazingly tender! Many have posted on the Thin Within message forums, in the Truly Thin Within Yahoo group, and to me privately

The message that I have heard in these notes from those of you who have listened to Crystal’s gluttony talk is this:

We have fallen under the conviction of the Holy Spirit for our sin of gluttony!

And while some of us may be at various places in releasing the weight that is evidence (sometimes) of one overindulgent choice upon another, the truth is, many of us still lust for food and wish we could get away with eating more…This is still sin.

Rather than live in condemnation, which may be typical fare for us, let us apply equally the other truths Crystal said to us. I quote her here:

“I know that we all have sin and we all fall short and we all have idols and acknowledging that is crucial, but God doesn’t stay there and neither should we. Psalm 103:12 says as far as the east is from the west so far does he remove our transgressions from us…Jesus died on the cross so that our sins and our idols are not the end of the story.”

Thank you, Crystal, for that reminder. Oh, dear woman of God, if you are out there and you catch wind of the work God is doing amongst Thin Within participants, please email me! I would LOVE to hear from you and be an encouragement to you if that is possible! Press on!

Hebrews 12: 1-3 says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Let’s ALL do that, shall we? Let us throw OFF everything that hinders, including the self-condemnation which Crystal pointed out also stands as an enemy to the cross of Christ. Let us throw off the sin that entangles us. The sin of “just one more bite” or of minimizing “This won’t matter that much…”

The Lord will empower His children to obey His will if we surrender in the moment. I have seen this in my life and no one is a greater rebel than me…

Let us fix our eyes not on our sin, not on what we must leave behind, but on JESUS.

He SCORNED the shame! Let us do likewise! If you have shame, scorn it…reject it, refuse it!

Let us press on!

Big hugs!