People have a lot of unorthodox views when it comes to losing weight. I've met people who believe they will permanently lose weight if they could only convince themselves to eat one meal per day. I also know people who bought into the lie that a person can eat whatever he wants as long as he works out. You can imagine the surprise, disappointment, and feelings of failure that occur when an individual starts to GAIN WEIGHT instead after spending hours at the gym. Perhaps the strangest ideas come from those who fall for every new diet gimmick even though the last twelve (12) they tried didn't work. It's almost comical. No matter how obvious it is that the diet won't work, they pay for it anyway and swear they are getting results that no one can see but them.
Conventional, practical, albeit worldly wisdom, says that a real diet plan will require you to eat real, healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and moderately exercise several times per week in order to lose weight. Nevertheless, people have been rejecting this very simple, straightforward notion for years. Consequently, instead of becoming healthier, over 1/3 of Americans are overweight, and many of the affluent nations of the world are also dealing with an obesity epidemic. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that those who are overweight, diagnosed with obesity related diseases, or eating disorders don't want to listen when they are told the solution to their health and fitness problem is Jesus Christ either.
People are looking for shortcuts and easy ways out of the messes they make of their lives. That's true in weight loss and every other aspect of life. Anything that requires a person to take responsibility for their actions and to put forth a modicum of effort to change their lives is summarily dismissed, but that doesn't mean you stop telling people the truth in favor of what they want to hear.
The truth is repenting from the sin of gluttony and otherwise taking care of your body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit is itself an unorthodox method of weight loss, but it's the only way for a glutton to permanently and successfully lose weight. Likewise, helping a person suffering from an eating disorder learn to eat and drink for the glory of God instead of abusing his or her body by starving or bingeing and purging is just as unpopular. However, as people don't accept the worldly, conventional wisdom, they often reject the truth of God's Word, too. In fact, the Bible teaches us that only a remnant whose hearts God moved returned to repair the damaged temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:5). Your body was designed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, but He will not take up residence where He is not wanted.
Although you invite Him in when you accept Christ as your Savior, even believers who have spent years in the family of faith refuse to yield parts of their sinful lives to the Holy Spirit. While it is His right to possess His entire temple, the Holy Spirit will only occupy the space you willingly provide. Like the Israelites, the hearts of modern-day Christians are hardened against repairing the damage they have done to the temple of the Holy Spirit. As a result, they too, choose to remain in bondage and die captive to a sin God would gladly set them free of. Will you choose the diet gimmicks or the conventional wisdom of the world, or will you allow the Lord to change your heart so that you'll not only accept His unconventional approach to health and fitness, but also act upon it in faith in order to finally lose the weight and be free of the eating disorder that’s a stronghold in your life?
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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.