Do you believe what God says is true? I mean, do you really believe it? I find that my lips say “yes” but my life often speaks “not so much…”. As we read the Word of God we may find ourselves shaking our heads vigorously in agreement with the passages on pages only to end up utterly stumped by how to apply these principals in real life.
Overeating is a prime example. The Bible has numerous verses that speak to the topics that encompass overeating (self-control, gluttony, and casting our care on God) but how does one actually use the power of these promises to help them shut the ice cream tub when they are no longer hungry?
Below you will find 15 tips taken directly from the Word of God. Each of the 5 verses has 3 practical tips and one short paragraph from the Bible to study on your own. For a more in-depth experience, check out this free download.
Before you read, pray for the Holy Spirit to prick your heart with which idea will help you the most in this season. If you are anything like me you will read this list and identify with each and every point, so try your best to find your most effective strategy and practice it a few times before moving on.
Here we go!
15 Tips From The Bible to Overcome Overeating
Colossians 3:10, 15 NLT Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
1. Put on your new nature. Think of how a naturally thin person would handle this situation. How would someone completely free from an attachment to food handle a stressful day or a half-eaten pie on the counter? Imagine what would happen and try that behavior on for size. Your new nature IS free from sin; walk in it!
2. Ask God for His peace. As darkness can not exist in the presence of light, a binge never happens in a peaceful environment. If you feel the desire to dive headfirst into a plate of brownies don’t fight, turn on the light! Don’t wonder where your peace is, ask for it! (Matthew 7:7, Philippians 4:7).
3. Put on Praise! Right now, wherever you are, standing in your struggle- praise God! It is ok if you don’t feel like breaking forth in glorious praise, really. Any effort will do. Look around, find something that you are grateful for and tell God. And do it again, and again, and again. This is medicine to a weary soul.
READ COLOSSIANS 3:1-17
Romans 8:12, 15 NLT Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
4. Make a decision. Embrace your freedom of choice. Although when faced with a demanding desire to eat, a choice may feel like the last thing we have, the Bible tells us that we have NO obligation to our flesh. Let that sink in. No matter how drawn you feel to the food, you 100% CAN say “no!” with God’s help.
5. Let go of your fears. If anxiety and fear are propelling you to seek comfort in food, acknowledge that your kinship with God ensures that he will take care of you. You are not his casual acquaintance or unappreciated employee; you are his child. We take care of our children and have a God-given desire to not only meet their needs but to bless them. God hasn’t forgotten your situation; we will take care of you!
6. Let God love on you”. Here we are instructed to call the Creator of the Universe “Abba”, or in our language- “Daddy”. While we may never address the Queen “Hey girlfriend!” or ask the President “what’s up, buddy?”, God encourages us to have a relaxed and loving relationship with him. Love and acceptance trump overeating. You can find both with him!
READ ROMANS 8:12-39