I wanted to share this excerpt out of the new Breaking Free Bible Study by Beth Moore with you:
“God has reserved momentous victories and great rewards for us. But we’ll never make it to our milestones if we cant’ make it through our moments.”
Isn’t that so true? We set these milestones, and we even have faith for it – but then we get to that ‘MOMENT”, that painful moment of temptation or weakness, and we cave… and then we lose hope.
SO HOW DO WE GET THROUGH OUR WEAK MOMENTS?
Beth goes on to say that two reasons exist that we don’t take the “exit” God offers in our weak moments (1 Cor 10:13)
1. We don’t want to
2. We don’t feel like we deserve to
We have to ask God in that MOMENT:
“God I don’t want to stop eating, but please change my WANT TO.”
“God I don’t think I deserve healthy food/taking care of my body, but please help me see that I am a princess of the only true King and I do deserve it.”
If you have been following along on our MEMBERS FORUM, you will know that I am struggling at this time in my life with “keeping my mouth under control.” Our family life has become very challenging because (as I mentioned before) my husband and I have a few businesses that we now run from home, and I’m still homeschooling two of my kids. So I tend to lose my temper and reach for some unhealthy snacks in those very stressful or weak moments during the day.
Sometimes it’s an “I just don’t want to” thing like Beth mentioned, and I’ve been crying out to God to change my heart’s desires in those times.
However, sometimes I even “want to,” and plan to do the right thing, but when I get to that MOMENT… I just DON’T!
Paul speaks about this struggle in his own life, and he concludes that it is indeed ONLY GOD who can save us and help us overcome in those times.
So what can we do if we even want to do the right thing, but we DON’T?
I will tell you about the only thing that has worked for me even in the hardest of times:
I have to recognize that my thoughts of “it doesn’t matter” or “what difference does it make” in those weak moments are LIES OF THE ENEMY. He knows my weakness, and he will present those lies to me every time I feel stressed or weak – FOR AS LONG AS I BELIEVE IT TO BE JUST MY OWN LITTLE THOUGHTS.
So we have to first of all SPOT THE LIES – those are not your thoughts, and most certainly NOT YOUR WANTS – and then RUN INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. Listen, girl, you will only find victory in those weak moments if you get out of that situation and find a place to pray. Rebuke the enemy and read those note cards with God’s truth out loud so your ears can hear the truth. The Bible says that in God’s presence the veil is stripped away, and as we look into the truth of His Word, we are changed (read this in 2 Corinthians 3: 16-18)
But what if you have 20 weak moments a day?
Don’t worry, even though daily time in God’s presence is the only way to remain free, you will not have to run and pray 20 times a day for the rest of your life. BUT FOR NOW – LET’S FACE IT – THAT MIGHT BE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
If you feel yourself going around in that cycle of making promises to t do better, even wanting to do better, and then failing every day at that same weak moment then it’s time to surrender yourself to God, resist the enemy, and he will flow from you (James 4:7)
Please go read WEEK 2 and WEEK 11 of my 12 Week Online Program for women with eating disorders again if you have forgotten (or didn’t realize) that you’re not just fighting your FLESH but also a very real enemy. I talk about these issues in greater detail, and also give you some tools to find victory in those weak moments.
The following passage of Scripture underlines it all:
1 Peter 5:6-10 (New International Version, ©2011)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
In His Love
PS: I highly recommend Beth Moore’s Bible Study “Breaking Free” – it is life changing! Find a group near you or start a small group yourself, it is so much more effective if you do it with the accountability of other women.
Heleen Woest, MA
National Certified Counselor
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11 thoughts on “How do you find victory in your WEAK MOMENTS?”
Heleen, YOU ARE MY HERO! No really…you are a true hero to me, my beautiful friend. Your honesty in this very vulnerable time of your life speaks volumes to those going through their own difficulties. And you are speaking TRUTH in everything you share here. I am deeply encouraged and inspired by your ability to encourage us while being on the frontline of this difficult battle yourself. You rock, Heleen Woest!
Thanks for your encouragement Heleen! It is a great reminder. Thanks for letting God use you in this most wonderful way to help break down strongholds in our lives!
Great message Heleen. Thank you so much for sharing! I will try and remember this when I am tempted!
Such truth Heleen! You’ve really nailed this one at the very beginning of the spiralling down spot of my own downfall with some very real answers. We cannot defeat the enemy if we are so deceived that we do not recognize his ugly head talking to us supposing it is just ourselves….this one’s a print and post on the fridge to remind me to holler scripture at him next time he shows up! Thank you, awesome beautiful heart lady 🙂
I agree, Heleen. I binged yesterday and yet my flesh wants to eat today. I am going through a trial where I can’t see my family and I am separated from my husband and it makes me want to run to food for comfort. I need to pray and ask God’s way of escape and take it and also I need never forget what heartache binging/overeating has caused me.
I needed this today as I have fallen off the wagon and binged last night. When I read this this morning it\’s what I needed however, I ended up binging again this afternoon, how can I expect God to help me when I ignore the message he sends me. I feel like I have no right to seek His face or grace.
I’m so sorry you find yourself stuck in this rut, it is a very familiar cycle for those who struggle with food, and we can only break out of it by learning to surrender our lives to Jesus, and giving the Holy Spirit free reign in our lives ONE DAY AT A TIME (even one moment at a time). The feelings of guilt and shame are things the enemy loads on you to keep you from moving forward Susan. God’s mercies are new every morning for you, and He wants you to get back up from where you’ve fallen and keep moving forward with Him, one step at a time. In this struggle our biggest challenge is not to never fall again, it’s to get up when we fall. You will most likely still fall many times, because you’re like a little toddler learning to walk in this area. However, you will only run free if you keep getting up. Please don’t give up Susan. God is not giving up on you. Repent again if you’ve been disobedient, and then ask Him to help you have a day where you obey Him and not turn to food for comfort or anything other than nutrition.
I love it Heleen. I am so encouraged by you. I know how I have to do it now. Turn away and turn to God in times of temptation. Let go and Let God. Thank you so much
Heleen, I am famous for eating something I know I shouldn\\\’t eat and then because I already messed up, the next time that same day when I am tempted I think, what does it matter I already blew it so I will eat this and diet tomorrow. I am constantly doing that. As I write I am planning a trip into town to pay bills and thinking about the club sandwich and fries I will get while I am there. Yuk. I can\\\’t even think without it being food somewhere. Or that large chocolate dipped cone I get once a month when I go to the doctor. What am I going to do? Cry out to God and then do as He says. Obedience, that is the key. Thank you Heleen so much for your ministry in this area of my life. I will try today to live today and not worry about tomorrow. One minute at a time We will see. thank you again and God bless you and your ministry.
I am here again to tell you I have failed terribly. Ice cream, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and yukky stuff all day yesterday. Oh God how it hurts me to do that and to admit it to myself and to you all out there. I am struggling but get this. I know when I do it that it is so wrong and I don’t seem to care. How do I get past this spot Heleen? How do I make a u turn and go back to the beginning again and move forward?
Thank you very much on the information about overeating and some Biblical perspectives with verses as reference. It helped me a lot,and I’m definitely gonna share it.