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Yesterday was the first day I didn't keep track of my calorie intake since I first started using my Fitbit. It felt odd. I didn't know if I had a tinge of guilt about it. Maybe. I confess the little bit of guilt I had to you but also to my Father God who loves me. Like having a healthy lifestyle, to have a confessional lifestyle to God is the nature of a Christian being in the light and having a relationship with the One who has no darkness at all. Sin is darkness. Sin likes to hide because of guilt.

Guilt overload is not a good thing especially when one has their identity in Christ. To walk around in a grey cloud of do's and don'ts and think you can make headway on grace shown by Jesus when you can't, is ludicrous. You can't improve grace! Grace means giving yourself by God's view of you the self-evaluation that says your status is okay in having been saved already but your condition may not be. That's why taking all of our short-comings and sins to God through what Jesus has done for us is so important. It means staying in the light because in 1 John 1:5-10 it says, This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

If I over-indulge in food and fall into gluttony it is creating a barrier to God only if I think it is okay or I'm living the lie that says, "I have not sinned against God.". If I am without fellowship with God I can remain in my sin but the saved cannot remain in their sin because they are in the light...they are in Jesus. Because of Jesus it is impossible for me to not have fellowship with God. Jesus said, "I and the Father are One.". And my being in Jesus means I have fellowship with the Father. No question about it.

God isn't out to condemn the saved (or anyone else) but He is out to cleanse them from unrighteousness. By Christ's wounds I am already healed but by God's knowledge of my recent gluttony I am known in my sinful flesh. When I confess my sin to God, God forgives me to change my condition as His son; not my status as His son. He doesn't disinherit me even though I've wronged Him. Rather, I take my wrongdoing to Him and He helps me correct it, He forgives me and cleanses me from my unrighteous condition (not status which is fixed as saved) and makes me righteous all over again. I consider it an ever-renewing relationship with God. I get dirty in the sandbox of life and He forgives me and cleans me up as we maintain a relationship started in honesty which began by my recognizing my need for Jesus who is my brother, Savior, Lord and friend. Thank God!

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Psalm 63:1

There is a correlation to real water intake and our need for God that does not need to be looked at as an analogy as it is in the verse above. At least it is for me. Maybe you can relate. Out of medical need I got put on a medication that makes me crave food when much of the time I really need real, physical water.

In this world there are many substitutes for God just like there can be for real, tangible water needed by the human body. People in this world can can desire excessive food intake, an ungodly use for money, excessive things or belongings, illicit sex, etc. You can name what it might be for you. Though we all need God, we may not recognize it just like we may not recognize our need for tangible water. Praise the Lord living water can be found! Jesus promised He can meet all of our needs and most importantly He met our need for Him...God in the flesh. A filling by Jesus as our critical need is the living water that can be found as spoken about in the gospel of John in 4:4-26. You can read about it by clicking here.

For the Apostle Paul, God's grace was sufficient for all He needed though God kept Him alive through many various trials and not just by Paul's basic life sustaining needs though He experienced many severe hardships including going hungry. We may not experience the hardships Paul experienced. However, no matter what your are going through, Jesus can meet your critical need and that can include your need for weight loss.

So just like we can take in more physical real water (and I have this as a personal goal), I also need ample helpings of Jesus everyday where I have my attention gravitate to Him. I'm expecting both Jesus and real water intake to help me succeed in my quest to better maintain my weight. If you don't have Jesus, what might stand against your need for Him? Also, what might help you get more tangible water intake?

I know adding fruit to water may help it taste better. But for the most part, this is not realistic for me. I can't afford to buy a lot of different fruits on my budget. But I can buy lemons and limes. Too, I may try various healthy drinks and add just a little bit to my water to make it taste better. I've tried to add the product Pom to my water but it does not taste good. As for my daily need for time in the Bible, I use the In Touch devotional by Dr. Charles Stanley. To access it online, click here.

My present goal for food intake is the average amount of calories required for a man my height and weight minus 500 calories (I've been told that is pretty aggressive). I've set-up my Fitbit to let me know if I am meeting my total caloric intake goal. I want to have a total caloric intake of about 2,500 calories minus the calories I burn in a day through activities plus the decrease in food intake I have through proper selection of food and portion control. I am pretty confident I blew it yesterday on the food intake goals I've set for myself.

The beauty of trying to control my food intake is that it is a learning process. With it being a learning process it will produce in me self-discipline and mental sharpness. The self-discipline will come-in as I learn what foods are best for me and how to achieve controlling my portion intake of them each day. The mental sharpness will come in as I develop a knowledge base I need to remember what foods have what calories in them as I develop my grocery shopping list.

If one goal of my weight loss is to feel better, there is no reason for me to be in mental anguish when I don't meet my goals for a day or two. This will happen from time to time. Tomorrow is another day and I can take advantage of God's mercy toward me when I overeat. After all, Lamentations 2:22-23 says, "The Lord's kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."