New Year’s Resolution- Yes I want to be fat, really fat!
It’s the beginning of the year, time for fresh starts and clean slates. Often for quite a few, there is a thought to lose a couple of pounds. Instead I say, "Why not gain a ton of fat!?"
God believes in fresh starts and in being fat. The first part of that last sentence is probably easiest to believe. From God’s perspective, every day has opportunity to be a new beginning. He promises that His mercies are new every morning…
Lamentations 3:22-23: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
But what about being fat? Does God love fat? Does He want you to be fat? Yes!!!!
Psalm 65 verse 11-
“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; thy paths drop fatness.”
Oh to be fat, really fat, the way God would crown the year of 2017.
The word fat in Hebrew is deshen. It is from H1878; the fat; abstractly fatness, i.e. (figuratively) abundance; specifically the (fatty) ashes of sacrifices:—ashes, fatness.
Look at that definition again. Identify what noun visually symbolizes fatness. What is the object representing fatness?
The object defining fatness is fatty ashes from a burnt-up animal fat sacrifice.
Leviticus 3:16- 16 The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord’s.
The fat of the peace offerings symbolized the choicest, best part, abundance. For Christians, the choicest best part offered, i.e. the pure choice sacrifice who brought peace, was the LORD Jesus Christ. Post Christ's sacrifice for sins on the cross and resurrection from the dead, out of love and adoration we give Him all the fat of our sacrifices still. Yet in a different form, we give him OUR choicest, best parts.
Psalm 51:17- My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God will not despise.
Romans 12:1 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.
Matthew 9:13- But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
1 John 4:10- This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
God gives fatness, abundance for those who believe…
God crowns with beauty instead of ashes- Isaiah 61:3
Psalm 63:5- My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips
Isaiah 10:27 In that day their burden (those who oppress you) will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke (bondage over you) from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat.
Genesis 27:28 KJV- Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine...
Isaiah 55:2 KJV- Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Romans 11:17- KJV- And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree…
Anybody need to be crowned with beauty instead of ashes? Anyone need soul satisfying fatness? Burdens removed? Oppression lifted? Heavenly provision? Soul delight? Fatness of the olive tree, i.e. more of the Holy Spirit? Engage with God in greater ways this year! Pursue Him! Delight yourself in the One who in response will give you the desires of your heart, Psalm 37:4. Pray in these terms! Ask Him to make you fat; ask Him to crown this year with His goodness and lead you on paths that drop fatness!
If He is your pursuit as this year begins, I invite you to join in the final community session being held next Wednesday January 11th at 7pm. See calendar page for address and to sign up. It will be a sweet time of worship, group prayer, and starting a fast from leaven which I referenced in last week’s post found here.
And slowly but surely the prayer line is activating. The prayer call happens every Thursday at 10pm EST. More detail on the calendar page. Tell a friend!
1/9/2017 11:15:47 am
Thank you for this beautiful post! I have been posting and tweeting about body image and eating disorder recovery and this fits in nicely since I am also a Christian. My twitter account is @HeatherCottone and I sent this out so hopefully you'll get more followers!
1/9/2017 11:50:03 am
Thank you Heather! Your note greatly encourages me today! Yes body image is such a stronghold that needs to be broken in many. God sees so very differently! May you be blessed and set free in every area as you seek Him with all your heart! And thank you for sharing the post!
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Hi my name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 25 year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and praying for His life in greater measure!