The Spiritual Sickness That Can Hijack Your Weight Loss

by | Jul 29, 2019 | Woman

Do you have a sinking sickness inside that no one can diagnosis because it’s not really a physical illness? You just don’t feel like everything is quite right? It could be that your negative emotions are actually making you sick, like mine were.

Emotionally Sick

There’s an interesting verse that says, “A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, but passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones,” (Prov. 14:30, AMP). The Message really brings it down to where we live, saying, “runaway emotions corrode the bones. The New Living Translation says these types of negative emotions are like “cancer in the bones.”

Our runaway emotions can make us feel sick inside. Sometimes it’s like a kick in the stomach. Sometimes it appears like nagging headaches we can’t get rid of. It makes us feel we are on the verge of becoming ill or like our bones are aching, and even though we don’t, we are afraid we have the onset of some horrible disease such as cancer.

We are emotionally sick or, as some doctors have said, emotionally ill. It’s not the type of emotional illness a psychiatrist might diagnose, though. It is a very spiritual issue.

Emotions Can Be Good

Emotions themselves are not the problem, though. God gave us emotions so we could experience this world in all of its abundance. They help us weave together a tapestry of life where we would never know the height of joy if we did not experience the depths of sorrow.

Those who are healthy emotionally don’t hide their emotions, but are willing to feel them deeply and profoundly, share them with God and with others without shame or regret. They embrace their emotions as a part of their lives, not as a burden or something they need to hide.

Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, is talking about negative emotions, such as jealousy, anger, frustration, unforgiveness and even fear. These are the runaway emotions that we allow to run roughshod over our minds, hearts and bodies.

When that happens, there is either a general malaise that falls over us or a shroud of mistrust that we cannot get rid of. It has become part of us and so we live our lives carrying the pain of what has been done to us, what we are afraid will be done to us or what we wish we could be but feel we never will be.

We try to overpower these emotions by enacting some sort of revenge to make the person or persons we are jealous of, angry at or afraid of pay for just living and being who they are. This never works. Most of the time even if they knew our feelings they have moved on, and really don’t care that we are seething inside.

Runaway Emotions

Runaway emotions. are kinds of feelings that we just can’t let go. We can’t get away from them. No matter how hard we try, we keep rehearsing the scenario that happened over and over and over in our minds trying to make it come out differently or trying to figure out how that person will be punished by God for how they made us feel

The more we do that, the more the issue gets stuck in our minds because, of course, there is no solution except simply to forgive the person and move on. Instead, we let these runaway emotions dominate every corner of our minds.

This leads to stress and overwhelm because we can’t concentrate on what we’re supposed to be doing when we’re trying to fix any situation that has already happened. Sometimes these aren’t even our problems. Sometimes, we borrow our husband’s, children’s or friend’s problems to stress over.

The Overflow of Uncontrolled Emotions

Then stressing for a lot of us leads to the one thing we can do: We end up gorging ourselves with food. For me, it was always desserts or other high-carbohydrate foods. This does just what the Scripture said. It corrodes our bones, which means to dissolve or destroy slowly. The Proverbs verse stops short here though, because for me this problem was gradually, but surely killing me.

As a coach, I talk to many women who have food issues. For most of them, issues from their past that they have never dealt with are overwhelming their daily lives to the point that they aren’t even aware that it is not normal to feel that way.

Every time I am able to get close and personal with them, when they pull back the curtain enough to lay all their cards on the table, the problem stems from something in their childhood. They may think it’s an ex-husband, a runaway child or their last boss, but most of the time those presenting issues are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Core Issue

When we get down to what is really bothering them, to what they really want, it is they want to be and feel healthy. Proverbs 14:30 in The Passion Translation says a tender and tranquil will make us healthy. The Message says a sound mind makes for a healthy body.

Sound mind should sound familiar. In 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP, Paul said, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline, abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control.”

Paul is letting us know that the sound mind or judgment that God has given us requires something of us to make sure it is implemented. Personal discipline is one of those. (See Success from Failure.) So when our minds keep perseverating over hurts done to us or our loved ones, we must discipline ourselves to take those though captive.

Outsmarting Our Minds

I learned to do it this way. “God, I’m rehearsing how I can solve this problem again. Instead I choose to take this thought captive, hand it to You, let it go and think about the next thing on my to-do list.” Sometimes I realize rehearsing these crazy scenarios is just one of my procrastination techniques. (See Procrastination and Weight Loss.)

When I start thinking of it again, I repeat my prayer again until pretty soon my mind gets tired of me doing that and leaves me alone. When I do this, I’m basically outsmarting my mind. I trained it to rehearse that problem. Now, I have to train it to think of something more productive.

Suffice it to say that losing weight was much easier when I stopped trying to solve all my problems and everyone else’s. That nagging sick feeling that something just isn’t right has gone away, along with 250 pounds of unwanted weight.

My Version of Proverbs 14:30

For what it’s worth, here’s my composite version of Proverbs 14:30. This helps me understand this verse better to be able to apply it to my life:

“A tender, tranquil heart and a sound mind, which comes from personal discipline and self-control, will make your body healthy, but jealousy and other runaway emotions corrode your bones and destroy your body.”

Instead of hiding those runaway emotions or stuffing with food to keep them quiet, it’s time to take control of them in Jesus’ name. {eoa}

Teresa Shields Parker is the author of five books and two study guides, including her latest, Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy, and her No. 1 best-seller, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds. She is also a blogger, spiritual weight loss coach (check out her coaching group, Overcomers Academy) and speaker at TeresaShieldsParker.com.

This article originally appeared at teresashieldsparker.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Is He a God of Wrath or a God of Love?

Is He a God of Wrath or a God of Love?

Do you think the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath, and the God of the New Testament is a God of love? The truth is that God is the same throughout the entire Bible. His wrath and His love are revealed in both the Old and the New Testaments. So why, then, did...

How You Can Have a Perfect Heart

How You Can Have a Perfect Heart

Your heart is the most important part of you. It’s not only a physical organ that keeps your blood pumping, but when the Bible refers to the heart, it’s talking about who you really are. Each person has an inner and an outer life. There’s the person we show to...

How the FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Is Spiritual Warfare

How the FBI Raid on Mar-a-Lago Is Spiritual Warfare

It's been a few days since the FBI raided President Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, and the Biden Administration has yet to explain to the American people why they did what's never been done in American history—the government raiding the home of a former president....

How the Holy Spirit Can Restore Your True Sanity

How the Holy Spirit Can Restore Your True Sanity

Most of my life I tried to avoid one thing—being crazy or insane. When I was growing up my mother had emotional issues and saw a psychiatrist regularly. She was on medication which only seemed to make her mood swings worse. She had high highs, and low lows. When I...

Israel Prophecy: The Enemy is Stirring an Unimaginable Conflict

Israel Prophecy: The Enemy is Stirring an Unimaginable Conflict

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJFFqAgykmU A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis,...

RECENT ARTICLES

Why Partial Obedience to God is Disobedience

My husband had a saying for our children growing up. “Partial obedience is disobedience.” He wanted them to understand that doing half the plan would not get them the full reward. Another reminder...
Kingdom Economics: Why is America Declining Spiritually So Quickly?

Kingdom Economics: Why is America Declining Spiritually So Quickly?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a surprisingly strong July Employment Report.  Total nonfarm employment was 528K (398K previously, 250K expected).  Private nonfarm employment was 471K (404K previously, 230K expected). The headline unemployment rate dropped to...

Can You Discern Spiritual Wind?

Can You Discern Spiritual Wind?

The wind is a funny thing. We do not know where it comes from nor where it goes. We cannot see it, but we can see and feel its effects. Wind can be gentle and refreshing, cold or hot, strong, and dangerous, and everything in between. When the wind blows, we must...

Messianic Rabbi: He That Has an Eye, Let Him Hear

Messianic Rabbi: He That Has an Eye, Let Him Hear

It is interesting that, as a Messianic rabbi the question I am asked most often by Christians is if I believe that they as Christians have to celebrate, or observe, the biblical Holy Days. They are usually asking about those days listed in Leviticus 23: Shabbat, Yom...

How the Holy Spirit Is Preparing America

How the Holy Spirit Is Preparing America

As the crackdown against Christianity in America grows, it is a cycle believers have seen before. While no one celebrates their religious freedom coming under attack, God has used this persecution to great effect throughout history. Over the centuries, there have been...

Dealing Effectively with the Dynamics of Change

Dealing Effectively with the Dynamics of Change

Change can be challenging. Some people look forward to change and embrace it. Some people dread change and try to avoid it. Since change is inevitable, so here are some of the dynamics surrounding change and the specific strategies to deal with change more...

God’s Holy Interruption Is Coming Soon

God’s Holy Interruption Is Coming Soon

This past weekend I preached at The Roads Church, a charismatic congregation located in the tiny town of Norris City, Illinois. Located amid cornfields, the population is only 1,325, but almost that many people visit the church on weekends. They come from all over...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]