I wish I could tell you that losing weight and overcoming eating disorders will be easy once you start to obey God's command to eat and drink for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), but I can't lie to you. It won't be a cakewalk, so to speak. However, I can tell you that it will be easier. Before you aligned yourself to God's will, you were in the battle alone fighting with ineffective, carnal weapons. Now you are a Christian warrior wearing and wielding the full armor of God on the battlefield, but that's not the only thing that makes it easier.
It's easier because Jesus removed the yoke of bondage to gluttony and making idols of food and your stomach when you repented of those sins. It’s the same with eating disorders when you stop giving in to your triggers and honor God with your body by eating and drinking for His glory. The weight of those sins was heavier than the excess weight you have been carrying physically and the mental and emotional baggage that left you in deep despair. Consequently, the removal of those sins leaves you feeling lighter even though you may not have lost a pound. Both your body and your spirit are relieved and happy to be set free!
Another reason why it's easier is that you now realize that you were looking for comfort and love in the wrong places. Many people eat in response to the negative circumstances which occur in their lives, and chances are you were one of those individuals. However, now that you've renounced the false gods of food and your stomach, you have come to receive true comfort from the God who Comforts all who believe in Jesus Christ. Experience proves that the Holy Spirit's comfort is incomparable to anything else on earth, including food and beverages. As a result, you can testify that the joy of the Lord truly is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Most importantly, it's easier to lose weight and be free of eating disorders through Christ because the void that was usually left when you attempted to diet on your own is no longer an empty bottomless pit demanding to be filled with whatever your weak will craves. Likewise, the pull of the triggers dragging you backwards toward eating disorders lessens over time. This occurs because the Holy Spirit now resides in and completely fills the once empty space your dysfunctional eating habits used to occupy. He brings with Him wisdom to see obesity and eating disorders from a spiritual perspective, discernment of enemy attacks designed to make you return to your former eating habits, and power to not only stand firm against the opposition but to also defeat the enemy by resisting the temptations you used to so easily succumb to.
If you want God to make your health and fitness journey easier through Christ so you can finally obtain permanent and sustained victory over obesity and eating disorders, REGISTER TODAY for the Eating as an Act of Worship Health and Fitness Course! The next 12-week class begins on Monday, JANUARY 6TH at 6:00 pm CST! The class is FREE! There are no registration fees or membership fees! Participants are only responsible for the cost of the EAW Workbook which can be purchased online at Barnes and Noble. Classes can be taken ONLINE via Periscope or IN PERSON at St. Mark Baptist Church located at 5722 West 12th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. To register, visit our website at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
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Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.