No Fat Dish

My son Daniel has really been struggling lately with his weight. Don’t you hate that, as a mother, to hear your child cry because they “think” they are “fat”? I know I do. FAT is such an ugly word. It just gets under my skin when I think of it. So I got to thinking about the power of our words.

Our words have power to bring life or death to any situation.

So if he is speaking the “fat” word over himself, then I needed to help him to see the truth of his identity. Though it may be true that he has gained a few pounds, the truth is, FAT is NOT WHO HE IS. No, Daniel is more than A CONQUEROR and that truth is what defines who he is. I told Daniel that he will conquer any false image that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.


3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

(2 Corinthians 10:3-6, MSG).

We looked up the word conquer in the Bible and found something so interesting, it supersized our NO FAT portion of “special food”. We could taste His goodness.

There is a story in the Old Testament about twin brothers named Jacob and Esau. Esau came out first and he got his name, because he was red and hairy. He was also referred to as Edom. Then Jacob also known as Israel, followed behind him holding onto the heel of his brother.

The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, while Jacob was content to stay at home. Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” 

 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Isn’t that crazy?

He sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. 

We discovered in Numbers 24:18 that Edom would become a possession, or conquered; taken over, and Israel would become valiant and grow strong.

Another attractive topping to this dish is found in Numbers 20. Those pesky Edomites refused to allow the Israelites to pass through their territory. And to top off this plentiful portion was that the Edomites were known as continual enemies of Israel (1 Kings 11:14-22).

Oh my! What a continual enemy we have in the flesh. Constantly reminding us of our inadequacies, they keep us from passing through the Promised Land filled with “full fat” milk and “sweet” honey. In order to gain the victory over the territory in our heart, we must press in, pass through and conquer the vain imaginations of selling our birthright (our spiritual identity) for a small bowl of stew (meeting physical needs).

And of course every time Daniel struggles with something, it is like looking in a mirror because I struggle with the same enemy. It is true I have gained a few pounds myself and do not feel healthy, so our family is making healthier choices to improve our lifestyle.

We are taking those FAT portions of our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. (I know sometimes it is easier said than done, but today this is our best choice.)

Eat more “HIGH” fiber of faith-filled special food (God’s Word) and you will not satisfy the cravings of the flesh and therefore you won’t be in bondage over your image.

When I asked Daniel if it was okay for me to share this post, he said, “well it is a little bit embarrassing, but if it will help someone else then go ahead.” SO will you please leave a comment and let Daniel know if this post has helped you to see that You too are more than a conqueror and FAT does not define you, no matter how much you weigh. It gave Daniel and I a new perspective, so we hope you will too.

Your identity is found in Christ alone.


About Jodie Dye

Originally from the Detroit, Michigan area, Jodie has made Bradenton, FL her home since October 2015. A former gang member and drug addict who had lost all hope of living, Dye felt the Lord calling her to follow him on Sept. 1, 1992. She has been following Jesus Christ for over 25 years with a greater addiction than she had with drugs. Her life testifies that God can create beauty from the hopeless cases in today’s society. What the enemy meant for her demise, God turned everything around and all things became new in her life. Bill and Jodie Dye married in October 10, 2010. They have three children each, making their lovely family a model of the brady bunch. Her calling is to prepare the Church for the coming of Jesus Christ. She is very passionate about helping people inside the Church walls to know their identity in Christ so they can be better equipped to live out what they believe. She has written four books with the focus on this preparation. Her book called Beauty Treatments: Prepare to Meet Your King helps the Bride of Christ prepare to meet King Jesus for when He returns. Jodie directs and hosts Beauty Treatment retreats, workshops and conferences. She has also been a speaker at various women's events and conferences. For more information on the next retreat, please visit
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7 Responses to No Fat Dish

  1. sherry Blalock says:

    Thank you for sharing this, my kids also struggle with this word, now I can share thus with them. Not only them but myself as well.

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    • jodiesdye says:

      Yes Daniel is blessed to be able to help others win this battle. He said tell your kids that they are more than conquerors. (I know your kids are already grown, but you can still tell them that.) Thanks for letting Daniel know that you were blessed by his struggle.


  2. maricela dominguez says:

    Wow! The truth will set us free!!!! Thanks Daniel for sharing your heart😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. m1cey says:

    Love this! Thanks Daniel for letting your mom share with us! You are brave in letting other people know they are not the only ones who have a hard time with stuff. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • jodiesdye says:

      Thank you Michelle for stopping by to cheer us on. It encourages Daniel that he is not alone. He is a very wise boy and very brave indeed. He wants to be a pastor one day. He knows God has a plan of ministry for him.


  4. Shelli Smith says:

    Oh Daniel, my little cousin, what a strong young man you are. I know it was tough to make the decision to put this struggle out there for everyone to see. I admire you so much for over coming your reluctance to do it but, allowing others to know that they are not alone. You have let others know how and where to get their strength to overcome their plights, not just with weight issues but, for all their struggles. You are so young, yet you able to “see”. That in itself is a major gift from God. I will continue to pray for you and for the Father in heaven to guide you and strengthen you and that He continue to fill you with wisdom and the desire to serve him. I am very proud to call you “cousin”. Sending you a gigantic hug! Love, Shelli

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