The Bible says in John 10:4-5 (NIV) says, "the Shepard goes before the sheep and they(sheep) follow him, because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." As Christians, we are a lot like the sheep. Although things in life may look familiar, we really never know the journey that God has for us. God is our Shepard and he has our life planned out for us especially when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Our job as Christians is to recognize His voice and to not be distracted by other voices. So how does that look in our everyday life?
Listening to God's voice in the area of healthy living comes during a business meeting and choosing to skip the free dessert--it's the choice to continue to stay on this program when you feel like quitting. We REALLY have to dig deep to hear God's voice when it comes to exercising on a day that we really don't feel like it. There will be times where we have to go into the valley of self discipline, because His directions don't always come in the frame that we expect. Satan understands that if he can continuously get you off course in the area of healthy living then he can stop you from fulfilling the calling on your life due to health issues. God's voice says that you are an overcomer and that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. When you hear negative thoughts saying that the program is too hard or that you can't finish, remember the stranger is the one who is speaking and not the Shepard. Through experience, you will learn to hear God's voice clearly. When the temptation comes for you to get off course, say to yourself, "The Lord is my Shepard and I will follow his voice to live a healthy lifestyle."