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Decree Preparation – Repentance

November 27, 2012

As I reviewed my blog entry of 11/7/2012 with the Temple Time Decree, I was gently reminded by the Holy Spirit that I have not  done the preparation necessary for such a decree.

In my blog entry of 11/3/2012, I wrote from the book of Job, vs. 23 “If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,”
I wrote: “So let’s do what it says, let’s yield to Him, receive His instruction, get it into our hearts and then confess any unrighteousness. Do not forget the repentance part of this, for the Bible clearly says that THEN He will hear our prayers and our decrees will be established and light will shine on our ways.”

The Holy Spirit reminded me of the sins that I needed to repent of that are related to the food and fitness issue. Not only do I need to seek forgiveness of these sins, but I have to make every effort NOT to participate in them anymore. It is not a small thing! Do any of these ring true for you?

Gluttony – Overeating. This has become an acceptable practice in many Christian circles. Overeating is almost never called sinful. However, I clearly see what the Bible says.
Proverbs 23:20-21 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Idolatry of food and drink or fitness training. I know that I have gone to food instead of God so many times for comfort, joy, etc which amounts to idolatry. I know of people who swap one issue for another more acceptable practice; people who have switched from alcohol to fitness training or from smoking to overeating. It does not matter what we choose to go to instead of God, it is the same sin.
1 Corinthians 10:14-15 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.

Bad Stewardship of my body – I have not treated my body, God’s temple, with the respect that it deserves. Of course overeating is one way, eating things that are not good for it is another, as well as not getting enough rest.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

Disobedience – There have been many times when I know that I should have gone to bed and to sleep, but I haven’t. The consequence of this action is not just being tired in the morning, but being too tired and/or running my body’s immunity down and feeling sick, thereby not being able to be used by God for His purposes. This I know grieves the Holy Spirit.
Titus 1:16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Believing a lie I have listened to circumstance instead of God. I have felt like I have no control. However I know that this is a lie. I have free will, even if it does not FEEL like I do. Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. I cannot exercise the control needed without His help.
Hosea 10:13 But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors
1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

Not Caring – ApathySometimes I have adopted the attitude of not caring about what I am eating, how much I am eating, etc. Underneath this attitude is really the weariness I have felt in this struggle.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

At times it also has been the rebellion in this struggle. I don’t want to have these issues, so I sometimes act like I don’t. I am not fooling anyone.
Nehemiah 9:17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them

PRAY
You may have identified other sinful habits. I find it helpful to write my prayer of repentance down. I know that I may need to say this again and again right before I say the Decree. Anointing with oil helps to expedite this whole process and cement the transformation of the mind. The oil of Forgiveness or Hyssop are wonderful for this.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness
Psalm 51:7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Always praying for your success,
Veronica

Temple Time Decree

November 7, 2012

I created this Temple Time decree to to expedite and reinforce my transformation. I say it aloud in an attitude of prayer for more emphasis. I printed it out and anointed it with an essential oil. I used Young Living Therapeutic Grade Transformation. One could choose Motivation, Clarity, Magnify Your Purpose or any other favorite. I also applied the oil to myself – between the eyes and breathed it in. I know that the oils also expedite and reinforce what I am trying to do because of all the cellular work that the essential oils do.  I am going to try to pray this twice a day in combination with anointing. I believe in using all the tools we can!

Temple Time Decree

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Praise the Lord, O my soul, who forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases, who redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion, who satisfies my desires with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I make choices to honor it.

Therefore, I present my body as a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to You God, which is my spiritual service of worship. I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing my mind, that I may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Although everything is permissible for me not, everything is beneficial. I will not be mastered by anything. Whether, then I eat or drink or whatever I do, I do all for Your glory. I have not departed from Your commands, but have treasured Your words more than daily food.

Therefore, I willfully make healthy choices to care for my body. I consume appropriate amounts of food to nourish my body. When I have negative feelings such as anxiousness, anger, loneliness, boredom, etc, or when I have positive feelings associated with success, victory or celebration I will engage in relationship with You Jesus and/or other healthy fulfilling relationships.

No temptation overtakes me for You are faithful to not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able. I will take the way of escape that You provide. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. I will not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. I can do all things through You who strengthens me.

Thy words I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against thee. I delight in Thy statutes and I shall not forget thy word for your words are sweet to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. Whatever I do in word or deed, I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Scripture used: Psalms 139:14, Psalms 103:3-5,1 Cor 6:12, Romans 12:1-2, Job 23:12, 1 Cor 9:27, 1 Cor 10:31, 1 Cor 10:13 Romans 14:20, Philippians 4:13, Psalms 119:103, Colossians 3:17

Scriptural Decree?

November 3, 2012

I have seen all kinds of self-help books that use scripts that a person can say to strengthen what a person believes. The more senses we use to engage in changing a belief, the more we reinforce the new belief. For example, if we write something and say the same thing aloud, the thought is said to “carry more weight” – to be reinforced. The more often we say something, the more it is reinforced. We know that this is true, for schools use this model often for teaching.

In my last post, I talked about the power of praying scripture. If we write, say aloud, and pray a scripture and do it often, I believe we can enhance the speed in which we change a belief. It gets us aligned with God’s will and works with our human brains as well.

This leads me to the subject of Decrees. Dictionary.com defines a decree this way:
1. a formal and authoritative order, especially one having the force of law: a presidential decree.
2. Law . a judicial decision or order.
3. Theology . one of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained.

I love the words authoritative, force of law, decision, eternal purposes of God and foreordained.

Now lets look at the Bible.

Job 22:21

21“Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
22“Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
23“If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
26“For then you will delight in the Almighty
And lift up your face to God.
27“You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will pay your vows.
28“You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.

Through the scripture God is instructing us to yield to Him, receive instruction, establish it in our hearts, remove unrighteousness from our lives and pray to Him. Then we get to verse 28 which says that if we decree a thing, it will be established for us!

So let’s do what it says, lets yield to Him, receive His instruction, get it into our hearts and then confess any unrighteousness. Do not forget the repentance part of this, for the Bible clearly says that THEN He will hear our prayers and our decrees will be established and light will shine on our ways.

So decreeing is different then just saying something or even praying something. It is standing on scripture with authority, lawful force and decisiveness for the foreordained purposes of God. We know optimal health is in God’s will, for by His stripes we have been healed (Isaiah 53:5) and he came to heal the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3). Therefore, we can and ought to make decrees about our health for optimal health!

The Role of Scripture in Transformation

October 17, 2012

How do we transform our mind, therefore our actions? Every time an incorrect thought comes to mind, we must rebuke that thought and replace it with the Truth, sometimes again and again. Anything becomes stronger as it is reinforced.

Our Words
Often we start thoughts or verbal sentences with “I”:

  • I deserve it.
  • I’m tired of being on a diet.
  • I’m a boredom eater.
  • I want to, but I am exhausted.
  • I’m overwhelmed.
  • I’m too far gone.
  • I don’t want to deprive myself.
  • I can’t go to sleep when I am hungry.
  • I am convinced that I’ll never get rid of my cellulite.
  • I have had a full day and I am done.
  • I’m too stressed to make a better choice.
  • I feel good for that moment.

These are not just harmless thoughts. Some of them may be cloaked so well that they even appear like self-care. Either way, they contain power and there are consequences to thoughts such as these:

  • They may glorify ourselves and put ourselves first – even above God, which may amount to idolatry.
  • They may give excuses and rationalize our behavior – or lack of obedience to God.
  • They may put God in a box, forgetting that He is the God of the impossible.

Consequences to Our Words
Don’t those thoughts sabotage our efforts for transformation? They not only stop us from moving forward, but they trip us up. The side effects or actions that go with these thoughts actually work against us and may cause us to go on an obedience-sabotage-condemnation cycle until we are so discouraged that we lose hope and quit. At those times, we are operating in our own power and/or without the whole Truth.

However, I know that we really FEEL what these thoughts convey and there is a message in the feeling. Sometimes they tell us that we are not in God’s will. Does God really want us to be feeling the way those thoughts express? Sometimes we need to dig deeper to see the reality of what is going on. However, sometimes being tired is just a sign of knowing that we need to go to bed. Are we obedient and do it?

God’s Word
There is also power in God’s Word. It is called the Living Word. There is supernatural synergy when we decree or pray scripture. When we replace incorrect thoughts with scripture, I believe that our minds our transformed in a way only God can and will do.

Consequences to God’s Word
In praying and decreeing scripture, many things occur simultaneously:

  • We have the assurance that we are praying in alignment with His will.
  • We surrender our control to God.
  • We submit to His authority.
  • We are saying that we trust Him.
  • We are honoring Him (as an author is when quoted.)
  • We are saying that we believe Him.
  • It is an act of love, for the bible says that obedience is an act of love.
  • We draw closer to Him.
  • We are acknowledging His sovereignty that His ways are best, true and right for us.
  • It strengthens our faith.
  • It brings us freedom.

The word of God will always hold more weight than our own thoughts. So when a verse resonates with you, I encourage you to write it down on a 3×5 card and memorize it.

1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Proverbs 4:20-22
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Why strong arm success when we have the Power of the Holy Spirit within us that can so easily be accessed through His Word!

Critical Thinking – A Key to Transformation

October 8, 2012

Our beliefs direct our behavior. In order to change our behavior we need to change what we think. This verse tells us an important step to transforming.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

We have habits, even habits of thought. We have thought some things for so long that we assume that they are truth. Sometimes we resist getting rid of these thoughts. They are like old, warm blankets that we pull out again and again to help us feel comfortable. They help us to rationalize our actions. However, these thoughts may be sabotaging our very efforts for the transformation we seek deep within our hearts.

I have some examples of what we think or say to ourselves. Do you ever catch yourself saying any of these statements?

  • I’m too old.
  • I can’t.
  • I don’t want to have to ….
  • It’s in my DNA.
  • It’s just who I am.
  • It’s too much.
  • I just don’t care right now.
  • I deserve it.
  • It will make me feel better.
  • It’s too hard.
  • I’m stressed.
  • It will make me feel better.
  • I’m too busy.
  • I’ve tried everything and nothing helps.
  • I’m just like my mom.
  • Etc, etc, etc

You may be asking – what is the solution? The answer is that we need to replace the false thought with the truth. You need to look at what you are thinking and ask “Is this true?” This is best done when we slow down long enough to reflect upon our actions.

Sharing your thoughts with someone else or in a group may help also. Sometimes it is very hard to see the forest through the trees as they say. We have thought some things for so long, that we are not even aware that they may be incorrect.

I like to ask myself, “Does this statement line up with who God is and/or what He says?” This question has an uncanny way of making the truth much more clear to me.

For example: “I’m too busy.” We need to dig deeper to what really drives the statement?

  • Too busy for what?
  • To take care of myself?
  • Too busy doing what?
  • Everything else is more important than me?
  • Do I believe that God has given me all the time needed to do what He has called me to do?  Or – Do I believe that God has given me more to do than what time will allow?
  • Is this true that I do not have enough time or is something else taking the time meant for self-care? (Remember BUSY may equal Being Under Satan’s Yoke)
  • Am I loving myself or am I only showing love to others?

 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2:8

Perhaps the statement goes even deeper.

  • Do I really think I deserve the time?
  • Do I fear failure if I make a change and require more from myself?
  • What will other people think?
  • Will they support me or ridicule me if I change in a particular way?
  • What do I have to give up to make this change? (Do you remember the word “sacrifice” from the verse above?)

The answers require an honest assessment, which takes courage – and God will provide.

Perhaps God is revealing something in your life that is out of balance or perhaps He is growing you in another way. We need to seek revelation on how to proceed from there. No matter what, we can be certain that He is drawing us closer to Him.

Is Food Keeping You Awake?

October 6, 2012

Is food keeping you awake? I don’t mean – do you have indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn or a number of other outward symptoms that make you so uncomfortable you can’t sleep. No I am talking about something a little more subtle. Something I never would have thought of.

Eating certain foods can keep a person from going to sleep and to sleep soundly. It can even contribute to a person waking up repeatedly during the night. A food can cause so much stress on your body that it flips you into sympathetic override (the fight/flight mode).

One flips into this mode when they sense that they, or someone they love, are in danger. For example, if your child is running into the road when traffic is coming, you flip into this mode. Your body jumps into this mode so that you can act quickly and efficiently to handle the crisis. Your digestive system slows down, your heartbeat goes up, your pupils dilate, you think very clearly with creative solutions to problems, cortisol (stress hormone) levels go up, etc.  A person normally flips back into parasympathetic mode (the opposite of sympathetic mode) when the danger is gone.

When I consume caffeine, I experience the same symptoms because it also flips me into sympathetic override. This was easy to understand because caffeine is considered a stimulant. However, even after I cut out caffeine, I often still had trouble sleeping.

Then I realized, with a little experimenting, that gluten was causing me to flip also. Gluten is a protein found in foods processed from wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. It gives bread that great chewy texture.

I cut out consuming gluten for a month. I noticed positive results quickly – bloating reduced, weight reduced, especially around the mid-section, and I slept better. I cut out the obvious culprits of anything containing wheat. Yes, that means all breads and breading. The list of gluten foods obviously included a lot of junk foods. Oh, it was not easy – especially in this culture! However, there are more and more gluten free options. And the fact that I can now sleep and sleep soundly is making it well worth it!

A friend of mine has similar issues with dairy. She did not sleep for years! She cut out dairy and in the same week, she noticed a difference.  She started sleeping better almost immediately. The quick results are one of the greatest benefits. They provide motivation to continue.

It is my experience that people make changes when a good consequence outweighs the inconvenience of changing. If you are having trouble sleeping and/or losing weight, I urge you to experiment. The biggest culprits are gluten, dairy, soy and corn. It costs you nothing but a little discipline to cut something from your eating. It may prove to be a sound decision.

Questionnaire with Examples

September 29, 2012

I recommend that you set up your notebook with 1 question to a page. This will leave plenty of room to add and revise as you grow. We will adjust the plan each week for more and more success. Today I added examples to really help you hone in on a successful plan. Just scan the examples and only write in your binder the items that really resonate with you at a higher level.

Questions to Create a Temple Time Customized Plan – Focus Physical

1. Why are you here? Your Vision of what you are trying to accomplish. Something about the invitation got you  here. What is it?

Better health

Spiritual fitness

Continued self-healing

Sleep better

Food issues: Eat less, Eat at the right times,Stop eating when not too full, Stop eating until its gone

GI health, Not feel bloated

Get rid of aches and pains

Find the cause

Obtain a healthy weight

Manage blood sugar

Be more active

Have more energy

Run a marathon

Start putting myself on my list

Solve a particular health issue – lower blood pressure, etc

Shop for clothes with ease

Not be self-conscious about body during activities such as dancing and yoga

2. Your Goals 2 pages

Ultimate Goal – vision fulfilled – must be reasonable & trackable with date
Run a 5K by January

Lower my blood sugar by an average of 10 pts by Thanksgiving

Fit into a size 12 by Valentines day

Smaller reasonable, trackable 1 month goal leading to ultimate goal – considering special occasions coming up, etc

Walk a mile by Oct 15th

Lose 10 lb in 1 month

 3. Why are you in the shape you are in? 3 pages

What you are doing regularly or habitually that sabotages you
Health concerns that you need help navigating through
Trauma or life event when things changed
I eat whenever I want

Work is a problem-no schedule

Keeping wrong food in the house

Body out of balance-not getting foods it needs to have

Time spent on computer games

Lack of knowledge

Not being aware

Joining the group ordering out for lunch even though I have a perfectly healthy lunch

Emotionally eat when mad or frustrated

Frequently eat wrong things

Frequently overeat

Don’t know enough about nutrition

Health issue – thyroid etc

Weight gain due to medication – side effect

Divorce – One day I didn’t care anymore

Sexual assault

4. Motivates & Hinders –  2 pages – The items listed may go on the page that pertains to you. Only choose items that really resonate with you.
Motivates:
encourages, motivates, and helps you to reach your goals – what has been the best parts of the programs you have participated in before – activities that counteract #3
Hinders:
de-motivates, snags, shackles, feel like you have not control  – what has hindered your process
Music

Exercise – exercise classes

Improved energy

Feel good

Alleviated symptoms

Dance

Good mood

Not having to cook

Accountability Partners

Focus on the positive things

God’s plan and purpose

Paradigm shift

Motivating CDs

Scripture memorization – 2 Cor 7:1

Setting boundaries

People making things and offering it to you,  

Before & After pictures

A detailed plan

Weighing & measuring food

The big picture

Set eating times

Routine Life Schedule

Restaurant eating

Food journaling: looking back on good week to duplicate

Activity journaling

Weekly encouragement

Accountability:  ___ daily  ___  weekly

Investing in program with money

Goal setting

Goal tracking

Spouse or family

Rewards for goal success

Incentives to follow plan

Competition to reach goals

Nutrition education

Weighing:  ____ daily   ____ weekly

Cooking or not knowing what to cook

New Recipes

Food Choices

Health

Nutrition Information – great or overwhelming

Good, better, best approach

No timeline – your lifetime

Fit of clothes

Going out to eat

Committment

Counting Calories

Cost

5. Foods I love:  3 Pages 

Healthy (specific fruits, vegetable, meat, fish, beans, complex carbs such as rice, potatoes, quinoa, fats such as avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, dairy)
Unhealthy Trigger foods – have trouble stopping once start eating?
chips & dip, ice cream, cheese, chocolate, bread, pizza, candy
Restaurant foods you can enjoy with a little adjustments
(gourmet salads, Chipotle, vegetable fajitas, Picassos Restaurant, Tryst Cafe (101 & Tatum), Blue Burger, Jason’s Deli, Season 52 (Camelback & 24th St), Zs pizza (no cheese, no gluten)

6. Health Concerns:
What negative bodily symptoms do you have?

Blood sugar issues

Sleeping issues

Digestive issues – bloating, nutrition absorption issues, heartburn, indigestion, etc

Weight

Exhaustion

Loss of muscle mass

7 . If known, what is the cause of these health concerns in #6?

Not enough enzymes to digest food

Sugar Addiction

Caffeine – (coffee, soda etc) too late at night

Eat too late at night

Gluten

Stress – be specific – Too busy with family – not time for self,  High pressure time sensitive projects at work exhausts you

No exercise

8. If known, what is the solution to your health concern?
Get to bed on time

Schedule things

Create a list

Set boundaries

Decrease computer time 

Cleansing

Eat Less sugar

Use oils that helps for sleep

Slique appetite suppressant product

Drinking more water

9. What other information do you need to get started:

Nutritional Information

Basic health guidelines

Healthy Choices handout

Feed Your Body handout

Alkaline Foods handout

Anti-inflammatory Foods handout

Cleansing Information

Personal Chef

Personal Trainer

Personal secretary

10. Prescription Medications –  Some medications cause fatigue, weight gain, etc

Name? (synthroid, etc)

Purpose?

Affect goal?

Desiring to get off?

11. Over the Counter Medications – Indication of health concerns

Name? (tums, fiber, etc)

Purpose?

Affect goal?

Desiring to get off?

12. What supplements do you take regularly?

Name?

Purpose?

Affect goal?

13. Complete Start- Up Plan: This plan is dynamic and will change as needs change.

These are what you have identified for your plan:
1. An ultimate vision
2. Long term goal set
Short term goal set
3. Unhealthy behaviors – or habits &
Health issues that affect goal
4. Things that motivate you to counteract #3
Things that hinder you to enable #3.
5. Foods you love and should have in your environment
Foods you should limit.
Acceptable restaurant options for you.
6-9.  Unhealthy physical symptoms, the Cause and the Solution.
10-11. Prescription medication, over the counter medication  and how they affect your goal, supplements that you to use and how they affect your goal

12. What steps are you going to take this week to walk towards your goal to set yourself up for success? Look at your answers to the questions and think about the plan framework. Choose enough to be challenged, but not so much you are overwhelmed.

Look at motivation tools and choose which ones to enact

Shop for foods you love that are healthy

Participate in specific solutions for your health concern

Get accountability partner

Eliminate or limit foods that are unhealthy

PROVERBS 16:3  Commit your works to the Lord, And your plans will be established.
Pray this scripture daily.

Choose other scriptures that the Holy Spirit reveals.

Do you believe that you have a Godly plan?