Satan has had a hold of a corner of my life – my eating – for WAY too long. He has kept me in bondage for my entire adult life in that one area. And because of that, I have been distracted from what is really important… surrendering EVERY area to Jesus Christ. Oh I’ve tried to get control of my eating; tried to lose weight. I’ve jumped through hoops of all kinds. I’ve even cried out to God to take away my desire to eat certain foods. I’ve tried every diet known to man (ok – maybe a slight exaggeration, but close!). But all of those diets had one thing in common…. restriction. And I do believe that I need to restrict certain foods in order to become healthy. But what I did was simply shift my bondage from food to fixation of food (counting every morsel that went into my body, seeing how many steps I’ve taken and doing a quick walk around the living room to get it to a certain number, making sure I don’t go above a magical number of carbs… and on and on). You see what I did there? I no longer dreamed of eating sugar-laced foods or mounds of bread… I dreamed of NOT eating them and spent the same amount of time and energy focused on the wrong thing.
So what am I to do? I must find delight in God. I must surrender this corner of my life to Him. I must stop allowing Satan to hold me in bondage in this area. Christ died to set me free! I need to start LIVING like it! When I think about this addition, I am actually thankful. I know that with my addictive personality, I could very easily have become addicted to alcohol or drugs. So I am thankful that my addiction has been food. But I don’t believe that God wants me to stay in that addiction, any more than He would want an alcoholic or a drug addict to stay in theirs. This stronghold must be demolished, and no amount of worldly weapons (diets, counting calories, carbs or fats) will accomplish that. Demolishing this stronghold will require God’s weapons… prayer, the Word of God, and the Spirit of God.
Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Galatians 5:16 NLT
Today I am starting a Bible study called “Taste for Truth” by Barb Raveling. It’s a 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study. In the preface, she says this: “When we run to food too often, it becomes a stronghold, a place of protection from the struggles of life.” And also, “The Bible says we’re transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). This is true for weight loss, as well as anything else we want to change about ourselves.”
I will try to come here and share something each day about the previous days’ study. I’m glad you’re here to share my journey.
Going through Taste for Truth by Barb Raveling