You are Not a Failure

Monday, December 4th, 2017

How skilled you are at pursuing love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.
Jeremiah 2:33

You are not a failure. I say this with all my heart. YOU are NOT a failure! You’ve just been applying the wrong procedures to this choice of overindulging or this desire to end the strongholds in your life. You are not lazy…in fact, you have been putting a great deal of effort and money into changing your environment (such as the content of food), but your attempts have not worked.

But this fact is very important – you have what it takes to be thin or to let go of any stronghold. You have what it takes! To change, you must stop loving the world and start loving God. You may feel that you don’t have love or that you don’t know HOW to love God, but you do. The passage above from Jeremiah refers to the love we have already been giving to the world. You ALREADY have a heart of love, and that is half the battle! It is just that you have been giving your love to strongholds, not to God.

God has seen that you are very skilled at pursuing your true love. For those who love food, God has seen you dream about food, dress for food, and put your passion into the planning, content, presentation, and taste of food. You have listened for the voice of food and responded when it called your name. You have encouraged others to appreciate the food and indulge in the food along with you. Yes, you have been a good advocate for the food and an obedient servant to your food god. So you see, you ARE a good lover. What a relief! Because love IS the answer for being set free from strongholds of any kind! Now TRANSFER that love over to your patient, deserving, Heavenly Father, and you will be amazed at the changes you can make!

(Excerpt from Exodus Devotional: Laying Down Your Idols, by Gwen Shamblin)