Proverbs 6:4-5 says, "Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter and like a bird from the hand of the fowler." Why does God use hunter and prey terminology to warn His people? Because you are being hunted every day, all day, by the enemy. The Bible cautions us to, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
This life is like a jungle, and we are similar to the enemy's quarry. The difference is Satan devours his prey from the inside out by getting you to choose one sinful path or another. God tells us to expect to be tempted and to run in the opposite direction for dear life when it occurs just as Joseph did when Potiphar tried to seduce him.
If you did not run and you find yourself entangled with the sin of gluttony, making an idol of your stomach and food, or abusing your body with eating disorders by failing to obey the command to eat and drink for the glory of God, it is not too late. The Blood of Jesus Christ will free you from the snare of the fowler and the hunting lion, but you must confess and repent. Then run in liberty for Christ in the opposite direction by taking care of your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, as you eat and drink for His glory! If you fail to do so, you will be consumed as a result of your sin by hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses related to obesity and eating disorders.
I know the enemy works hard to make it seem like freedom from obesity and eating disorders is an impossibility, but Jesus said the devil is a liar, the father of lies, and there is no truth in him. So stop listening to Satan! The Bible says as a man thinks in his heart, so he is (Proverbs 23:7). If you think you will always be fat, you will be. If you doubt you will ever be free from your eating disorder, chances are you will continue to suffer in bondage to it. Conversely, if you think you can change your current circumstances and lose the weight or overcome the eating disorder, you will.
The first and most important battle in the health and fitness war takes place in your mind. While there will be other skirmishes during the war, your mind is the equivalent of the front line of the battlefield. Consequently, the fighting will be most intense there, and you will fight repeatedly day after day as you claim more of what used to be the enemy's territory. When you become tomorrow who you think you are today, the enemy will be defeated, and you will emerge victorious.
In other words, you must believe that you can do this. Whether it is 50, 150, 500 pounds, or more, you can lose every ounce of weight through Christ! If you have been bingeing and purging for decades or starving yourself in secret for years, God can renew your mind and change you from the inside out today. His power gives you victory over every sin, including those that result in obesity and eating disorders. Remember, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith” Hebrews 12:1-2.
If you are truly ready to free yourself from the enemies of obesity and eating disorders, which seek to kill you like prey, run for your life by obeying God’s commands regarding your health and fitness! Register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Master Class, featuring Dr. Tara Cannon, author of Health and Wellness for the Believer, Elsa Oliver, Christian nutritionist, and First Lady of Fitness, Debra Jones! The classes are free! There are no registration fees or membership fees! Participants are only responsible for the cost of the class materials. Classes begin online only on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. CST! Space is limited. Sign up now at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
If you are unable to take the course, 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, diet, and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on 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!
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.