Wow! As we begin this new Daniel Plan season, I think back to the struggles and the VICTORIES that the On and On’rs have experienced! It isn’t easy transforming your life from one where “if it tastes good, eat it” to one where “if it nourishes your body”, eat it. And the best part ever… we have discovered it can taste good AND nourish our bodies at the same time!
Some of the girls and I were talking the other day about how it had changed us. We are far from perfect and sometimes we eat things that we normally don’t, but our attitudes and focus has changed forever. There is an awareness that wasn’t there before. In my case, at least, there is an amazing difference in how I feel. Still, that old nature with deeply rooted habits are still inside us. I know I can’t break those habits on my own, but I know who to call on. Christ Jesus has set me free!!
In His light,
The Big Difference
The Daniel Plan
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. —Romans 7:15
Have you experienced this pattern when you tried to make healthy changes? You can’t always make yourself do right. You want to, but you can’t. And when you try not to do the wrong thing, you do it anyway. Why does this happen?
We all have an old nature with deeply rooted habits still inside us. It loves to do those wrong things that have become routine for us.
We can’t break free of those habits on our own, and the apostle Paul went on to write, “Who will free me from slavery to this deadly lower nature?” Then he gives the answer, “Thank God, Christ Jesus has done it. He has set me free.”
In Romans 7, Paul uses the words “I, me, my” twenty-seven times. But in Romans 8 he uses the word “Spirit” nineteen times. That’s the difference between defeat and victory: trusting in “me” versus surrendering to the Holy Spirit.
Food for Thought: God’s Spirit is ready and waiting to break you free of old patterns and move a new direction