Have you ever watched "The Biggest Loser" on T.V.? It's a show about two teams of overweight people, all trying to lose the most weight each week, so they can stay at "The Ranch". The Ranch being where they all live, eat and workout for the length of their stay on the show. They try out for the show because for many of them it seems to be their last hope to lose weight. They all say they have done everything possible but they just can't do it on their own. They have trainers that work them eight hours a day, eat very little food, compete against each other in activities and have food temptations. Then to top it all off, at the end of each segment, the men have to strip down to a pair of gym shorts, and the women, gym shorts and a sports bra and then get weighed on national T.V. Most of these people weigh anywhere from 250 to over 400 pounds! After all of that is said and done...one of them gets voted off every week. But...for those who manage to stay, they get rewards. The biggest one being...if you adapt to your new way of eating and exercising you lose all that extra weight you have had and become a healthy individual. The trick is...you have to change your "Old Habits" and live a "New Lifestyle"!
So why did I go into all of that about "The Biggest Loser"? So I can explain to you how to become "The Biggest Winner"!! There are some similarities to becoming a "Loser" and becoming a "Christian".
To start off with...until you become a Christian, you are a loser. Everyday that you don't know JESUS as your SAVIOR you "lose" a little bit more of yourself to sin. That's what all of that heaviness you feel, that keeps dragging you down is.You carry around all kinds of extra weight with you in the form of sin. Just like when your overweight, no matter what you do, you just can't get rid of all that sin on your own. After a while it becomes a large burden you carry around with you everywhere you go. It drags you down and makes you tired. You try running to get out from under it, but it just doesn't work. Like fat, it hangs on. On the show they have trainers to whip them into shape. For those of you that aren't Christians, you have satan. The problem is...he isn't whipping you into shape, he's just pushing you further down. Down into addictions, despair, depression and sometimes if you let him rule you long enough...suicide! You just plain lose hope! You want to quit sinning but satan just keeps throwing all those "fun" temptations at you, one after the other. After awhile...they aren't fun anymore. You can drink until you passout or get high until you can't even think anymore. But...nothing ever changes. Basically...your life still sucks. Then comes the stripping down. The people on "The Biggest Loser" are stripping down to see how much weight they've lost. For the sinner...you're being stripped of your health, your self worth and most importantly...maybe even your life. You start to realize that all this sinning isn't worth everything your being stripped of. On the T.V. show someone gets voted off every week. In real life you simply might check out...mentally, emotionally or even physically. That sounds harsh, but if you go down far enough it could happen. But...there is still hope for you as long as you have breath.
On the show, the person that loses the most weight, and manages to avoid being voted off, wins a big reward. To get that far they have to work hard. They exercise everyday and change the foods they eat and how much they eat. Break their destructive "Old Habits" and start "New Habits". By doing this they start a new "healthy" way of living. In life, you have to decide to turn your back on satan and ask JESUS to forgive you. You have to change your "Old Habits" and make "New Habits". You have to let JESUS help you create a whole "New Lifestyle". That starts you on your new "healthy" way of living.
It won't always be easy and sometimes you'll want to quit. You'll be tempted to go back to your old way of life. On T.V., they used food as the "temptations" to try to trip them up. In life, satan uses your old vices to try to trip you up. Don't listen to him. In the Bible scripture says that satan is a deceiver, a liar. All he wants is to destroy you. To eventually kill you so you will end up in hell with him. JESUS can make it so when those temptations come you can turn them away. JESUS is the "only" answer to your life. He can make you "The Biggest Winner" if you'll let HIM. JESUS is the answer to all your life's problems. HE can turn it all around for you. HE wants to save you from destruction and heal you. I don't mean physical healing. It's spiritual and emotional healing that you need the most. It can be a long road to complete healing or HE may do it as soon as you ask HIM to forgive you and come into your life. Whichever way HE chooses will be all right. The main thing is that you pray and ask HIM to forgive you. Then live for HIM. Get a Bible and read it a lot, daily. Talk to HIM all the time. Find a church where you can worship HIM. Let HIM give you a "New Life" and become "THE BIGGEST WINNER".
Scriptures to read
This great dragon..the ancient serpent called the devil, or satan, the one deceiving the whole world..was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.
2 Corinthians 6:2
For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the "Right Time" is now. Today is the day of salvation."
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.