Some days, you don’t even want to try.
You don’t feel like meal planning or practicing self-control or choosing the salad over fries. You may be discouraged a recent slip-up or the tight fit of your skinny jeans.
It’s easy to believe that this food addiction that has haunted you for so long is just part of you, that it’s here to stay, that nothing you can do will make it go away.
And in your mind, you begin to believe: “I’ll never overcome this food addiction!”
So we choose the easy way out.
- It’s easier to stay in bed, blinds closed, shutting out the world than venturing out there and failing.
- It’s easier to skip quiet time altogether than to endure another session of closed doors and prayers hitting the ceiling.
- It’s easier to grab a candy bar and call it a meal.
But we are called to do hard things, to deny ourselves, to take up our crosses, and to follow Jesus. We’re called to press on even when it seems hopeless, and to keep pressing on until we begin to see results.
Don’t let fear, uncertainty, or doubt keep you from doing great things. It is in those moments of weakness, those episodes of “I-can’ts” that we experience the grace of the One who can.
One of the verses that has encouraged me tremendously on my journey has been Galatians 6:9:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
It’s so easy to give in to our cravings and just give up. We’re tempted to believe that this is too great of a hurdle for us to overcome, too deep-rooted of an issue for God to resolve.
When this enters our minds like a snake slithering around our necks, threatening to suffocate us, let us fling it to the gates of Hades with the truth that “The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in [us]” (Romans 8:11); “Nothing is impossible for God!” (Luke 1:37).
We will overcome, not because of our strength or our faithfulness but because of the One who lives in us.
So push back those covers and declare God’s love and power over the day that awaits you.
Continue to come before Him with humility and expectation, asking Him to draw you deeper into His presence.
Keep fighting that food addiction with God’s comforting presence and His Word, speaking His victory over your life.
Don’t give up. Don’t let your weariness keep you from the reward that’s waiting for you. It might be a few months out or it may be just around the corner, but God will set you free if you keep seeking Him. You don’t know when, but God does, so rest in His strength and keep on keeping on.
Let’s Get Practical
How can you live out this Truth? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Memorize Galatians 6:9, Romans 8:11, Luke 1:37, and/or Philippians 4:13. Here’s a pack of Bible memory cards on overcoming food addiction to get you started.
- Continue living in obedience even when you don’t feel like it. Create a healthy eating plan and stick with it. Don’t base your eating choices on feelings; base them on what you know is true.
- Get accountability. Find a friend who’s on this journey with you and encourage one another when you’re feeling down. Practice telling each other the lies that you’ve believed and send each other encouraging Bible verses throughout the week.
As we exchange the enemy’s lies for God’s Truth, the Holy Spirit will begin to transform our thought processes and our behaviors. So let us put to death the part of us that clings to sin and walk in the freedom of Jesus Christ, and we will experience real comfort in God, not food.
To go deeper into this topic and find the hope you seek, check out my book, Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction.