When taking the Thin Within journey to release weight, God will begin working on the inside of us before we see results on the outside. Does this mean that weight release can take time? Absolutely! However, this should not be discouraging. We should be encouraged because the change will be lasting, not temporary.
Philippians 1:6 states the following:
“Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it
until the day of Jesus Christ.”
The work WILL be complete. If God started it, He will finish it. That is not to say that we will not make mistakes along the way. We will, but we know that God is still at work in us.
For years, I have tried numerous diet plans such as Weight Watchers, the low-carb plan, and even a tuna diet. Yuck! I lost lots of weight on Weight Watchers only to gain it back plus some. I lasted one day on the low-carb plan which should tell you what kind of food I prefer. The tuna diet was disgusting! I love tuna, but not by itself. It must have mayonnaise which was forbidden on the tuna diet. Frustrated, I began to eat more and more. Well, you know the rest.
The Holy Spirit began speaking to me about allowing the Lord to deal with the root of the problem. The problem, which was emotional, was on the inside of me. I still struggle with my emotions, and when I am not allowing God to work on the inside, my emotions rule. As a result, I eat out of emotions rather than physical hunger.
I did the Thin Within program in 2009, and released 45 pounds. When I returned to college in 2010, I slowly began yielding to my emotions, and I have gained 25 pounds. I am so thankful the Lord has lead me back to Thin Within, and since the work is inside out, I feel the Lord would have me to avoid the scales so I can focus on the inside as I surrender my emotional eating to His delivering power.
Speaking to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:26, Jesus said, “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish that the outside of them may be clean also.” Now I am not calling any of us “Pharisees”, but it is human nature to want the outside to look good before taking care of the inside. In my case, the inside is emotions that spin out of control. For you, it may be something different. Jesus wants to do the work on the inside. It may take time before outward results become evident, but when the work is done on the inside, the results are lasting. I want lasting change. I have settled for temporary changes such as diets which I have noticed have a tendency to irritate the problem rather than solve it.
I am not a patient person by nature, but God is teaching me patience in this process as He begins the work on the inside. The work He is beginning is the same work He promises to complete. Let’s allow Him to begin that work and yield to the process even though it will take time.
How About You?
Do you find the process of waiting as God works on the inside frustrating? What can you do to relieve the frustration? How have diet plans added to any emotional issues or other issues? What do you sense God is leading you to do today?
~Allison Mitchell – Allison lives in Hanover, West Virginia with her husband, Lanny, and her two children, Aaron and Amber. Lanny and Allison are pastors of Peaceful Valley Community Church. Allison is beginning her final semester at Bluefield State College where she will have a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and Middle School English.