Holy Foods and Weight Loss
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
The New Year is definitely here and people everywhere are talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Some say they don’t make resolutions. Others are making them and will give up on them before the month is out.
If you’re committed to meeting your goals during the next 12 months, you may need to take a different approach than before if you haven’t been successful before. The first step is to really understand why. What is your motivation? Can you clearly state your purpose? Next is to specifically state your goal? Before you make your plan, you need to set a deadline.
Once you have a plan, execute that plan. Has anything stopped you before? What was it? Plan for that thing, that event, whatever it was to show up again. This time, see yourself as the victory. How are you going to win?
There are so many people who are making losing weight their resolution or goal. The reasons that you can make it to your personal finish line is having the motivation and purpose for weight loss, a plan, and support.
There are tons of weight loss plans out there. Some of you may follow the Daniel plan. Daniel did not follow his plan because he was trying to lose weight. His motivation was to only eat holy foods. As a Jew, he ate what we today call a Kosher diet. He knew that his body was not his own. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.) Daniel along with Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah was captive to a King who did not serve his God and did not observe the dietary practices that Daniel believed to be God ordained. In order to remain holy, he decided to eliminate those foods from his diet and committed to that practice. These captives of the king received favor from the Lord and were able to eat only vegetables and water. Their diet left them healthier and stronger than the other subjects of the king. Photo Courtesy of [stockimages]/FreeDigitalPhotos
Daniel and the others were blessed by their commitment to their holy diet that was a benefit in the rest of his life. It was not all about getting to a certain weight or even looking a particular way. It was focused on a larger purpose. Finding one for yourself will help you to be committed to your plan. (Daniel 1: 17 NIV 17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.)
Another benefit that helped Daniel through this period was the support of other believers who shared in his plan and purpose. Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were also committed to the diet of holy foods. I don’t know if or how much they had to encourage each other. However, I do know there is a tremendous benefit in know that you are not going on a challenge alone. Working with others, helps to keep you accountable. I’m sure Daniel had a sense of personal accountability. His accountability was probably made even that was made even stronger by the others. Be connected with others in your weight loss and Divine Health journey. The support will ease some of the difficult times and increase your success.
Not only did Daniel have Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to support him, he had God. He was focused on what he was to do for God and received God’s favor. God was always with him. (Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.)
Have you gotten started on your plans for 2013 yet? Keep Daniel in mind. Focus on God’s purpose for your life. Join with others who are working on the same or similar goals. Know that God is always with you and will never abandon you. This holds true if your goals are relates to weight loss or anything else.