The weight loss and eating disorder battles are your fights to win or to lose. If you make Jesus Christ your motivation for losing weight and being free of your eating disorder, He will insure your victory through Him! If you continue to set worldly goals for losing weight, such as fitting into a suit or dress for a special occasion, getting attention from a person you find attractive, or looking like a model, then the results will be the same as every other time you have tried to lose weight. By continuing to let your triggers control you and refusing to follow your treatment plan, you are setting yourself up to remain entangled with the eating disorder. You might have some success for a while, but eventually you will end up in the same place, significantly overweight, bingeing and purging, gaining back more than you lost, or worse, you will finally do enough internal damage to your body to cause your premature demise. None of that has to happen to you. Trust God with every aspect of your life, including your health and fitness journey. He is able to guide you out of the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders. Nothing is too hard for Him!
Do not procrastinate! You need to trust Him today because adopting a healthy lifestyle is very beneficial for you in a number of ways. You will look better, feel better, and live longer as a result of eating and drinking for the glory of God and taking care of the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is your body (1 Corinthians 6:19, 10:31). However, God's blessings are not just for you. In Psalm 23, we learn that a blessing, or rather, an anointing, runs over. Indeed, in the health and fitness war God literally, prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies, and He anoints your head with oil. You will find that far from feeling hungry or that you are missing out on your favorite foods and beverages, you will lack nothing. On the contrary, you will declare as the psalmist that your cup truly runs over. (Psalm 23:5)."
This is illustrated in Malachi 3:10 which states, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Those closest to you often are the recipients of the overflowing blessings. For example, in Isaiah 44:3, God declares, "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed and my blessing upon thine offspring."
It should not be a surprise that overflowing blessings follow obedience because Jesus said that He came that we might have life and have life more abundantly (John 10:10). Abundant living encompasses many things. A longer lifespan is one of them. Your family, above all, will not only benefit from having you in their lives longer, but they will also be spared the heartache of watching you learn to walk again because a limb was amputated due to diabetes, the stress of seeking permission to miss work to transport you to dialysis, the heartache of you taking your life due to an eating disorder, or the agony of choosing to end life support because you are brain dead due to a stroke.
But they are not the only ones who benefit from the overflow of blessings. You have also been spared, first and foremost, so Jesus' redemption work can continue through you (Matthew 28:19). Your family and much of the world needs to know not only that Jesus lives, but also that He is able to set them free indeed from obesity, its related diseases, and eating disorders. In other words, God will bless you to lose the weight and become free of the eating disorder because the world needs to hear His Word and your testimony!
For all of these reasons, you should end the cycle of weight loss-weight gain in your life and resolve to finally be free of the eating disorder that has crippled your life. Begin to eat and drink for the glory of the Lord today as He commands (1 Corinthians 10:31)! If you are ready to remain on the health and fitness battlefield and fight on, 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.