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Good news! I just dropped from obese class II obese class I. I began losing weight right on the brink of a higher overweight class -- obese class III.
As of this morning, I have lost 29 pounds so far. I need to lose 64 more to reach my primary goal.
See the previous blog entry (Aug. 24) about how I was holding to a position of faith in Jesus Christ at the end of my time of prayer in the morning (well, it was late morning and a bit after noon here).
To God Be the Glory
Last night (a few minutes after 10:00 p.m., in Indiana, USA) of the same day, I returned to the park to walk and pray once again. This time I immediately felt the presence of God before I even exited my car. I was still trying to hold steady in my faith, believing that Jesus does indeed save me now, in answer to my prayers and in keeping with His promises.
"2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV)
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us."
Several of the promises to which my faith was clinging I quoted in the previous blog. Another verse of Scripture I had been quoting in prayer to God was "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." (Mark 9:24). But, this time I felt that God was telling me to leave off the part about unbelief and just say, "Lord, I believe!"
I found that most of the time I could only thank God, quote His promises back to Him, weep with joy, and praise Him for keeping His Word. The presence of God was so real to my heart. And thus His Spirit gives me the assurance that now Jesus Christ is indeed with me and that I am once again one of His very own.
I felt I was the prodigal son and that my Heavenly Father, having seen me a long way off, ran to meet me!
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
And he said, A certain man had two sons:
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living...
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke 15:10-13, 17-20 (read the whole passage for the whole story)(Bold added for emphasis)
It has been at least ten long years since I have felt the presence of God so real to my own heart. I am so glad that God's Word is unchanging and a firm foundation. I chose to seek Him and to walk in the light that I had, but I also prayed that He would help me every step of the way and give me the grace and guidance needed to return to Him, and He did!
Once again God has proven to me the truth of the promise, "Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you." As my college Theology professor once put it, "If you will draw near to God, He will draw near to you, and there will be a meeting."
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:5-8
Here I quote part of a grand old gospel hymn.
To God be the glory, great things He hath done.
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice.
Oh come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.
"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." 2 Corinthians 9:15
Sincerely Yours in Christ,