Sunday Devotions 2023

Not Going Back ~ Sunday Devotion

And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 2 Peter 2:20 (NLT)

It wasn’t until I turned 40 that I was able to break free from insecurities I had in regard to my weight and body image. I spent too many years wandering in a desert of diets, gimmicks, and quick fixes hoping that I’d find one that would result in me feeling confident in who I was and how I looked. My confidence was wrapped up in how I perceived my reflection in the mirror. That’s how this life-long pursuit of weight loss was a sin. (I have to call it what it was.) 

Anything that takes priority over the Lord in our lives is sin. I lived as if my life’s purpose was to lose weight. I was a Christian, but seeking Jesus was secondary to seeking weight loss. It was a stressful way to live.

When you first find freedom from something that has been an all-consuming struggle, it’s easy to feel joy, to celebrate that transformation, and say you’re not going back to that place. However, as time goes on, you can easily fall back into that tangled web of sin. It happens when you let down your guard and forget where you came from.  

I'm not going back to the desert of sin. I don't think you are either. But this will require our daily intention. Share on X

You’re going to be faced with false teachers, in this case the diet industry, trying to drag you back into the bondage of another diet that will only lead to failure and feeling worse than when you started. 

If you’re not going back, you must intentionally stay in your place of freedom. For me, that requires spending time with the Lord every morning in prayer and scripture to set my focus on Him and renew my commitment to living fit and free. 

Just because you’ve been set free doesn’t mean that you can let down your guard. In fact, Satan will use your past to try to lure you back into that place of sin. It will still (and may always) be a struggle. Will you take a stance with me and say, “I’m not going back to that wilderness”? It’ll require a daily commitment. But I don’t want to go back to where I was. I don’t think you do either. 

Action Step: Have you found yourself dabbling in the sin that the Lord has once set you free from? Make a renewed commitment today to Him and to living in freedom. 

Happy Sunday!

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