Are you discouraged about getting healthy and losing weight? We need hope!
God cares and He wants to help. Let’s access God’s power.
Welcome to base camp. Here is your last piece of climbing equipment and the most important; your safety ropes.
Take a look at this picture. The safety ropes are connected to metal rings, which are called carabiners. They are designed to link the climber to his safety ropes and the safety ropes to the anchor bolts. They are spring loaded so they remain closed and secure. Now we know how the safety ropes work and we can use them in our climb up the mountain of health and well-being.
Secure safety ropes are the lifeline for a climber.
When they are well secured to an anchor the climber can relax and enjoy the climb.
Our anchor is our Great God. Many times in the Bible, God is referred to as our Rock. David, who had to run for his life, often hid in the mountains. He says in “Psalm 18:2 (ESV) My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.” David knew what it was like to be afraid and to be discouraged. He found refuge or protection in his relationship with God. He knew God was dependable, steadfast and trustworthy. Like David we can trust God as our anchor in this difficult, discouraging struggle to get healthy.
The carabiner connects the anchor to the safety ropes. One of our safety ropes is prayer.
I have learned that I can pray to God
by just speaking the name of His Son, Jesus, out loud.
I hate arriving late to appointments. When I’m driving and I know I’m going to be late my heartbeat drums in my ears, my chest expands and contracts rapidly as my lungs request more oxygen. My eyes continually check the dashboard clock as another minute clicks out of sight. I say the name of Jesus out loud and focus my thoughts on Him. My heartbeat stops drumming in my ears and returns to its regular unperceivable beat. My chest rises with long slow intakes of oxygen and with each exhale I feel my anxiety disappearing. When I say His name aloud I feel His power calming me. I focus on Jesus and not my circumstances.
I encourage you to try it next time you are feeling anxious or fearful.
When you are discouraged or disappointed.
Or you’re reaching for that extra cookie or bag of potato chips.
His power is available by just speaking His name.
No other words are needed.
You can do that girlfriend!
The other safety rope is scripture memorization. 2 Timothy 3:16 of the New Living Translation says; “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
We have so much of that nasty self-talk going on in our minds. We need to be reminded of what is true. God’s Word contains the truth. Find a special verse that helps you. Claim the power in the words of our Great God. You will be amazed at how much a Bible verse can encourage you.
Here’s a good verse to use to get started. Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
Believe those good words my friend! God is holding your right hand! He doesn’t want you to be afraid of this struggle. He says He will help you.
TODAY’S little STEP: Pray throughout your day and ask Jesus for His help and strength as you take these little steps. Say the name of Jesus out loud when you need help. Claim the power available in a Bible verse. Memorize it, put it on your computer and your phone, and meditate on it.
Grab hold of the safety ropes with your left hand and God’s hand with your right and don’t let go! We have hope because we have God’s help!