These Scriptures Will Help You Lose Weight


Learn scriptures to help you lose weight for good on this episode of The Strong. Confident. His. Podcast! You don’t need another quick-fix diet to lose weight and get fit, what you need is Jesus and these scriptures I’m about to share.

I know firsthand how the emotional roller coaster of losing weight and getting fit can feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing works, but today I’m serving up the answer. And it comes with a Freebie: Get 50 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Your Fitness Every Day!

Take out your Bible and a journal or open a note on your phone and write down these key points and Scriptures. God wants to be the centerpiece of every detail of your life, including your health.

Spot The Trap: Food And Fitness Are A Spiritual Battle.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” (Galatians 5:16-17 NKJV)

‌Did you know that fitness is a battle between your flesh and spirit? You can do this food, dieting, and fitness thing one of two ways in the flesh or in the spirit.‌

I used to pray, “God, please help me. I need more of you,” but I realized God was saying, “I’m here. You already have all of me, but do I have all of you?”

When we walk with God and pursue things of Him, we feed our spirit and it gets stronger. But when we walk in the flesh, our spirit is malnourished and weak. The flesh continually makes the same disappointing decisions and leaves us feeling powerless. It’s driven by emotions, and it doesn’t care what we really want because it wants what it wants and it wants it now.

Here's a story that depicts this so well.

One day at Target, my then, three-year-old daughter was begging me for a toy. I watched my sweet, normally well-behaved child throw herself on the floor, kicking and screaming. She was throwing a fit, and I knew it was a defining moment for us. There wasn’t any room in the aisle as the scene continued, so I actually had to step over her. When I did that, she stopped crying and our eyes met. She was ready to lock horns with me, but she knew I wasn’t changing my mind. So, she got off the floor, and that was it.

Sometimes our flesh is just like my three-year-old daughter throwing a fit in the middle of Target. It doesn’t consider the outcome of its behavior, and it doesn’t care why the answer is what it is. It only cares about indulging itself at the moment.‌

When I was a new Christian, I remember hearing my pastor talk about the flesh warring against the spirit, but I had no idea what he meant. As I have walked farther with God and grown closer to Him, I now see how my flesh bosses me around.

However, my walk with God has also taught me that, through Him, I am able to overcome the tantrums of the flesh, and so are you.

I want to be quick to point out that we will not get it right every time. We will miss it, we will cave in and eat the junk we really don’t want to eat, but we don’t fall for the food guilt trip, we see that it was just a choice and we choose in the power of the Spirit to choose better next time. No guilt just grace.


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God’s Power Working In You Is Bigger Than Your Temptations

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide a way of escape, so that you may be able to endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV) says God promises that we can, in the power of the Holy Spirit, respond to any given temptation by resisting it. In Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus was tempted by the devil.

"At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights and afterward was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.‌"

  • Get out a piece of paper and write down what tempts you, then speak 1 Corinthians 10:13 over it.
  • What is that thing that you know is standing in the way of you being healthy?
  • Take authority over the foods, drinks, and excuses in your life that are tempting you to do the things you do not want to do!

You have the Holy Spirit, that is the power of God working in you.

While we are in the flesh, we will fail, count on it, but don’t get stuck in your mistakes they are merely practice. And like a muscle the more you use it the stronger it gets. Every time you turn away from temptation you get stronger.

Transforming my unhealthy, overweight body was not easy, so I fully understand the frustration and the temptation to give up. But I also know what it feels like to be on the other side of the battle, and my prayer is that you will know such freedom as well.
God desires health for you, so don’t quit on yourself, and don’t stop believing that he will bless your efforts.

Understand That You Aren’t Doing This Alone

When you’re in the flesh you’re alone, But because you said yes to Jesus, you are not alone anymore. The Holy Spirit came to dwell in you and you have the fruit of the Spirit and that is how you can live with peace, joy, and self-control.

‌The term white-knuckling for diets rings so true, it’s you in your flesh, forcing something to happen and you are barely hanging on, it’s just a matter of time before the binge. Like one stressful event away from eating all the foods you miss.

Dieting doesn’t work because it’s not of God. Where in the Bible does it say you have to eat this to look like that right? This is worldly and it’s created an unhealthy relationship with food.

God gave us food to enjoy but the world gave us overly restrive diets, elimination diets, and oversized food portions it’s so unhealthy and it’s trained us to think of food in a guilty or prideful way.


Guilt says, "I ate this and I’m mad at myself. I was so bad I over ate or I ate."

And Pride says, "I eat so clean, I’m better than other people. They are weak I’m not!"

Key point: You’re not bad if you eat unhealthy or good if you eat healthy. You are free in Christ from all this crazy dieting garbage thinking.

Write down this scripture and pray to repair your relationship with food and retrain your taste buds to want God-made foods.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law."  (Galatians 5:22-23‌ NKJV)

Remember my quote, "No diet can give you the spirit of self-control only God can do that."

Every believer can have joy, peace, and self-control with food, but to see it produced in your life, you must be like Paul in Corinthians when he talks about bringing his body under subjection. He disciplined His body so his body didn’t tell him what to do he told his body what it was doing. Here are the scriptures that share this...

The Need for Self-Discipline

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 tells us, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I will not be disqualified for the prize."

‌Our flesh bosses us around like a toddler screaming for a cookie or a toy. In these moments, you need to remember that you are an overcomer.

 1 John 5:4-5

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"

Connecting to God through prayer and His Word is how we overcome our flesh. Diets are not the answer; changing how we view our food and ourselves is. Think about what you eat regularly. Healthy is so much more than a look we are trying to obtain; it’s a lifestyle we are trying to maintain. Throughout the day, think about what you can eat, not what you can’t. Focusing on what I can eat instead of what I can't or shouldn't helps me make good decisions when buying and preparing food. Focus on what you can eat, and stop relying on dieting programs that only cause more imbalances as the flesh wars against the spirit.

Our flesh will give up and quit on us every time, so we can’t rely on our strength—that’s why the Faith-Inspired Transformation is Christ-centered, not self-centered.

Don’t cheat yourself and live your life feeling less than who God created you to be. Being unhealthy can do this to us. Getting healthy means you put away the excuses and ask God to help you seek health with the right motives. If you allow Him, He will let you know when you start heading down the wrong path.

If you’ve been unsuccessful in getting healthy in the past, tell yourself this time is different God for help. Believe in yourself because He does! Making health your lifestyle and focusing your transformation on God is the right motivation. It will last because God is everlasting.

Remember you are Strong. Confident. His!

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