What is the difference between just knowing God loves you or knowing AND feeling his love deep within you?
I believe it is the difference between living a life of fear or living a life of fearless faith.
In Matthew 8:26 (King James Version) Jesus said, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith.” Based on this quote there is a direct correlation between fear and faith.
Having little or no faith opens one up to living a life of fear, where as having a lot of faith can lead one to live a fearless life.
So how can one develop a lot of faith?
One must FEEL God’s love deeply within themselves.
If you don’t feel God’s love deeply, below is a simple exercise that can help get you started.
Disclaimer:) Only do this exercise when it is safe to do so!
Do the following exercise not as if you are watching it but literally reliving it. You are experiencing the feelings as if you are right there right now.
Close your eyes and imagine a time in your past when you felt totally loved by someone. It can be a child, parent, friend, sibling, spouse, other relative etc.
Experience the event again and feel those feelings of deep unconditional love, just as they happened the first time.
As you are reliving it and are truly experiencing the deep love again, add Jesus to the event. See him in detail, from the color and texture of his clothes to every detail of his hair, face, eyes, smile, hands etc.
Once you have Jesus with you, I want you to see whoever is giving you this unconditional love standing next to Jesus.
As you continue to feel the love from this person, see this person merge into Jesus so now it’s only you and Jesus. The love you were feeling from the person is now coming from Jesus.
Look into Jesus eyes and feel that love pour over you, allow yourself to really soak it in.
If you do this exercise it can be life transforming. Your life can begin to change in ways you never thought possible.
So what does all this have to do with weight loss?
If you are struggling with your weight, I believe you are living in fear of food. You feel you don’t control it, it controls you. I believe lasting weight loss is impossible until one is rid of this fear.
As you develop a stronger, more powerful faith it becomes easier to cast the burden. You begin to realize that living in fear is crazy, you are trying to do all the work yourself (and failing) instead of letting God do the heavy lifting for you.
As you learn to not only feel God’s love deeply but to also be aware of his presence throughout your day, guess what?
You’ve hit the jackpot!
That is when a life of fearless faith really kicks in.