Trapped in a Negative Cycle?

By Kimberly Taylor


Have you ever felt trapped in a negative cycle that you can’t get out of?

I received a public reader question after she read my article, Your Body: God’s Dwelling Place.

trapped in a negative cycle

Below was her question:

QUESTION: ”The self image, food, diets, workout and viscous cycle never stops, it’s been a lifelong addiction, how can it stop and I truly find peace and healing?”

This is an EXCELLENT question! We can become trapped in negative cycles through 2 things:

  • The Lies we Feed
  • The Voice we Heed

The Bible says:

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

– Proverbs 4:23

Because life issues originate from the heart, then we need to start with the heart of the matter.

The Lies we Feed

If we are trapped in a negative cycle, then lies are at the heart of it.

Author Neil Anderson’s quote is insightful:

If I were to tempt you, you would know it. If I were to accuse you, you would know it. But if I were to deceive you, you wouldn’t know it. The power of Satan is in the lie. If you remove the lie you remove the power.”

The first place where a lie can reside is in your identity. Not your self-image, which is how you see yourself or a “golden image” you strive to maintain before others.

Your identity is your core, the real you that is separate from opinions.

Your behavior will always line up with the PERSON that you believe you are.

If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation in Him. You can root out the enemy’s lies through establishing your new identity on the truth every day.

If you want to know more about establishing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, then you can learn more here.

The enemy wants to persuade you that your life is one of futility, that nothing you do makes any difference.

But that is a lie!

The Lord does not create anything without a purpose; your life is not one of futility, but utility!

With that in mind, then you recognize that each day matters.

You focus on your better future in the Lord, not past mistakes.

The Voice you Heed

As a child of God, you are beloved to Jesus – deeply loved, highly favored just as you are!

You hear His voice and follow Him, relying on His wisdom and strength each day.

You begin to take care of yourself and see that you are worthy of love right where you are.

Your body becomes precious not because of how it looks, but whom it contains. Your body is God’s temple.

Your Body, But God's Temple

The inward heart and mind change begins to work itself outwardly. That is the only way changes will last.

If you are trapped in a cycle, then you also have mental programming that is powering that cycle.

We all have old scripts.

I love this quote by Pastor James MacDonald “Nothing is different until you think differently.”

Once you believe who you are and why you are here, then you recognize that the power within you is greater and can overcome anything outside of you!

The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently and how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes inconsistency and pull us  off-track on our weight loss journey.

Plus, you’ll join a community of like-minded Christians discovering how to release weight and keep it off.

Click here to enroll in the Take Back Your Temple program

Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,

Be Blessed in Health, Healing and Wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

    • Wonderful, Nikeita – the more you read, meditate, and apply God’s word, the more it becomes part of who you are, which is what we all want!

  • Thank you for this wonderful article. I told my younger sister about TBYT and she didn’t seem interested as she is already involved in intermittent fasting and has lost about 40 pounds. I will not try that as I am on insulin. I told her that so she would leave me alone about it. Anyway, your articles are always so spot on and filled with God’s truth. Thank you so very much.

  • Perfect for me right now as I caught myself this morning rummaging through the Internet “again” looking for diet programs after I’ve already tried them all! I do need to think differently. Thank you for always having perfect timing for us.

    • Thanks Nancy – that is the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you and me. He is the best teacher and is always patient with us. The more we listen and heed Him, the better off we are 🙂

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