Food Addict Christian Weight Loss Support
Posted on August 07, 2011 by Bonnie Mechelle, One of Thousands of Life Coaches on Noomii.
When you replace the Holy Spirit with a physical substance like food, drugs or alcohol, you’ll never fill the void in your heart.
Jesus went on a spiritual fast and the Devil came to him and tried to tempt him with food. Jesus told the Devil: “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4). Christians are being tempted to overeat and hold food up as an idol in their lives because it is an easy, socially acceptable escape from the fear, stress and anxiety.
When we find ourselves repeating a behavior that causes premature death (like overeating), that is a big sign that we are operating outside of the will of God. Romans 6:23 says For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Food was made by God as a gift for us to nourish, heal and re-energize our bodies. Food was not made for us to use as sin to replace God or forget God when times get tough and life takes a turn for the worst.
Many Christian’s find themselves turning to food for comfort and peace because food is a cheap, quick, tasty fix that is not condemned but encouraged at the church. Every time there is a gathering for fellowship, you’ll find a vast array fattening foods to choose from and it’s very hard to resist the temptation to overeat, when everyone around you is doing it and you have people encouraging you to partake in foods that will send you over the edge.
When you replace the Holy Spirit with a physical substance like food, drugs or alcohol, you’ll never fill the void in your heart or heal the source of the pain you feel in your soul. Eating fatting, sweet sugary treats is not sin, but the overindulgence of food is sinful because it leads to obesity, depression, diabetes, heart attack, cancer and strokes.
Jesus died to forgive you of your sins and free you from sickness and disease so do not condemn yourself for using food to replace the Holy Spirit. Do not condemn yourself if you are now afflicted with high blood pressure or diabetes because of weight gain from overeating. You have to forgive yourself as God has forgiven you; this is the first step to being set free.
John 8:36 says, If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. All you need to do now is accept freedom in your heart and mind and renew your faith in the Lord Jesus. It’s time to pray and recommit your life to God, ask for forgiveness and release the bondage of food idolatry, obesity, sickness and depression in your life. Ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you up where you feel empty and rebuke the addiction to food and the strongholds of low self-esteem, fear and stress in Jesus’ name.
You can and will be victorious if you stay consistent with your prayer, faith and focus. It’s not easy, but when you have a supportive network of real Christian’s around you to pray for you and encourage you, all things are possible. Proverbs 27:17 says Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.
God wants you to enjoy what you eat, but be aware that the Devil tries to tempt you to hurt yourself with food so you will forget about God and the beautiful destiny He has for you. Don’t let food trap you into weight gain, illness, doubt and defeat any longer. If you don’t like the way you look and feel, stand up and do something about it. Make a choice to eat healthy nutritious foods that will nourish your body and soul starting today. I believe in your success. Don’t get discouraged, take it day by day and don’t give up.
About the Author
Bonnie Mechelle is the author of the best seller: Overcome Compulsive Overeating… Now, and the executive producer of The Healthtopia Radio Show in Atlanta, Georgia. She has lost over 120 pounds naturally on her own and now empowers women who struggle with weight gain, divorce, single motherhood, eating disorders, chronic illness and clinical depression. See her latest movie, The Inner Weigh and subscribe to her Christian Women’s e-Magazine at www.myhealthtopia.com. If you’re ready for one-to-one faith-based weight loss coaching, get started at www.christianweightlossmentor.com. God bless you.