We all know intellectually what it takes to lose weight and be free of eating disorders. We should. We have been taught how to eat right and exercise since grade school. Nevertheless, a very high percentage of adults in the United States are overweight, obese, or suffering from eating disorders. Since the status quo obviously isn’t working, it is time for us all to learn the Lord’s health and fitness ways.
Changing your perspective about health and fitness requires you to see the problem from God's point of view in every respect. That includes how you go about resolving your issues with weight and eating disorders. For example, what have you done in the past to get the weight off? Have you had lap band surgery? Did you take Fen-phen diet pills? Have you taken diet supplements which promised to help you lose weight? Did you join a weight loss program and buy their expensive meal replacements? In terms of overcoming your eating disorders, have you followed the treatment plan that you have been given?
I will be honest. I was desperate to lose the weight, so I tried a lot of crazy things. For instance, I went to a hypnotist to be hypnotized into making healthy decisions regarding food. It did not work. On the contrary, I gained even more weight. I also visited a chiropractor to have my ears punctured. That dulled my appetite for about two (2) weeks, then it returned with a vengeance, and those are just a couple of examples of the extremes I took to get the weight off.
It was often expensive and time consuming, but most importantly, it always proved to be a wasted effort. The world's way of doing things always is. Why is that? The answer is that the world's system is designed to keep you ensnared in bondage not set you free from it. The enemy's strategy is to keep you running around in circles from one diet gimmick to the next until you finally give up in defeat and die in the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders as the Israelites died during their wilderness wanderings because they did not trust God to help them possess the land He promised them.
God promises not only to guide you to the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life, but also to make you more than able to defeat the enemies you must face there. However, the battle must be fought and won His way. For example, when Israel took the City of Jericho, they did not use battle strategies normally employed during that time. Instead, they marched around the city for seven (7) days as God commanded. On the seventh (7th) day, the walls of the city tumbled down at the sound of the trumpet after the people made seven (7) circuits around the city walls (Joshua 6:1-27). Then the people rushed in and defeated the inhabitants.
The point I am making is that God's way of losing weight and setting you free of eating disorders directly contradicts the world's advice. While the world arms you with ineffective carnal weapons of its making, God will arm you with His Spirit in Whom there is no failure. If you want to finally be victorious and win the health and fitness war, seek the Lord's will and then obey His commands to eat and drink for His glory. And pray as the psalmist did in Psalm 25:4-5 that God will, “Make me know Your ways, O Lord. Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation. For you, I wait all the day.”
If you want to know the ways of the Lord in regard to of your health and fitness, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on Spotify, the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries 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.