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You are On Holy Ground

When was the last time you felt like you were supposed to do something, but you hesitated because you didn’t feel up to the task?

If you want to know a secret…there are weeks when I feel like that every single day.

And I’m not the only one.

 

How Moses Almost Missed His Big Moment

Moses had run away from Egypt and was tending his father-in-law’s sheep.  One day, he took the sheep to the far side of a nearby mountain.  And right there, in the middle of the work day, an angel appeared to him.

The angel appeared in flames of fire from inside a bush. But the fire didn’t burn the bush up.

When Moses got closer to the bush to check out what was going on, God called his name. Let me repeat that: God called his name.

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

God said to Moses, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

God then told Moses that the Israelites were suffering back in Egypt. God heard their crying and wanted to rescue them from the Egyptians.

God said, “I am sending you…”

It seems like one of those moments that change your life.

But Moses felt WAY out of his league.

We know the end of the story. So it’s easy to judge Moses and think, “What a scaredy cat.” But put yourself in his shoes for a quick second.

He was an adopted prince, and his biological roots were in captivity. An entire nation was being held as slaves in a foreign land. He had already tried in his own to fix the problem and ended up killing a man and running away.

Not to mention, he had a stutter.

When we look at the situation before the ten plagues, before the Red Sea, before the Ten Commandments, we get it. We understand how Moses could feel insecure.

There are tons of lessons we can learn from Moses.

 

Where you’re standing Right Now is Holy Ground

First, the place where we’re standing on holy ground. Where you are right now, in your:

relationship with God

marriage

home

workplace

health

 

Where you’re standing right now is holy ground.

Imagine your life is a target. The inner circle is you, your relationship with the Lord and, yes, your health.

The next ring is your first circle of influence. Those under your own roof. Your spouse, your children, maybe your elderly parents, maybe foster children.

The next ring is made up of those people in your life that you see on a regular basis. Think of your extended family, your church, your workplace.

The outmost ring is those people you influence that you don’t even realize that you influence.

 

You are Called

So now that we know we’re on holy ground, what do we do about it?

We realize that we are called.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” (The Message Translation)

You are called to be God’s instrument . You’re called to tell others of the difference He’s made in your life.

I like how the Message says, “the night-and-day difference.” It’s time to start living out the difference. “From nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”

 

The Area You Feel the Least Confident

It seems interesting to me that Moses had a stutter and he was called to speak.

Not only did God ask Moses to act, but He asked Moses to act in an area that he was insecure about.

But Moses acted despite his insecurity.

In the same way, there’s an area of your life that you may not realize is holy ground. I mentioned it earlier, but maybe you thought it was typo, or glazed over it.

If so, I’ll say it again, your health journey is holy ground.

Can I be honest with you? You’re at a burning bush moment where you can choose (like Moses did) to act or you can just keep walking by.

Maybe you’re like Moses and you’re at a point of decision. You’re at a place where you want to be healthy and active, but you something’s holding you back.

Maybe what’s holding you back is emotional eating or bingeing.

If you struggle with emotional eating, you have to deal with that first.

God cares about your body and He cares about the reason behind your overeating.

Just like He saw the Israelites suffering, He sees you.

And nothing is too small for Him to care about.

He cares that you avoid shopping because it seems like stores never have your size.

He cares that you spend half of your family vacation worrying about how you look in a swimsuit.

He sees it. He sees you.

And He wants more for you. Just like He wanted to free the Israelites, He want you to live in freedom.

 

Freedom is For You

In my experience, there is something that Christian women struggle with. I call it “the good girls drug.”

And that is food.

The enemy has found a weak spot in our defenses. He knows that it’s unlikely that temptations of drugs or excessive alcohol will have a huge effect on us, BUT if he can keep us preoccupied with food and with hating our bodies, then how much time and energy will we continue to waste?

If you want to experience this kind of freedom, check out FAITH FOOD FREEDOM. It’s a 12 week program designed to enable you to stop overeating and start living.  Check it out by visiting The Graceful Life Academy!

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