The scars and pain associated with being overweight or having from an eating disorder are often covered up by a bright smile and a seemingly happy disposition.  However, the world has no clue the person is actually hurting inside.

Just as the words you speak will bring about blessings and curses in your life, so it is with the food and beverages you choose to consume or not eat and drink.  God has graciously given us all the ability to say whatever we want, however we want, but He warns us that there are spiritual consequences for every word we utter. Likewise, He has given us the freedom in New Testament times to eat whatever we want whenever we want, but we constantly abuse this freedom.

For instance, ask almost anyone, and practically every person you speak to can spout a long list of obesity related diseases that have plagued their families for years. People will tell you stories about loved ones who are currently on dialysis, those left paralyzed after having a stroke, or relatives who died suddenly and without warning from massive heart attacks. It is a sad story that reverberates throughout not only our society, but increasingly, over much of the globe.

The good news is this does not have to be your story. In fact, beginning with your generation, all of the hurt and pain associated with obesity related diseases and eating disorders can stop now through Jesus Christ! God never intended for us to suffer from these ailments. Moreover, Jesus Himself explained that He came that we might have life and that we would have life more abundantly (John 10:10). 

A person in bondage to a sin which is killing them spiritually and physically is not enjoying the abundant life Christ promised. That is easy to see with a person who suffers from alcoholism, for example, but it is much more difficult to perceive when the person is held captive by the sins of gluttony or otherwise failing to eat and drink for the glory of God. However, the Bible is clear in Proverbs 23:20-21 that both drunkards and gluttons become poor and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Likewise, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 teaches us that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and we must honor Him with our bodies. 

Unfortunately, I often see just the opposite take place in the area of law I practice.  I’ll give you an example. Hypothetically speaking, a woman who is 5 ft 2 inches tall and who once weighed 110 pounds ballooned to 260 pounds after developing poor eating habits during her three (3) pregnancies. Her husband divorced her after she gained weight, but financially she was doing great! She earned $100,000.00 per year plus she got child support for the kids. She had a house on a golf course and a luxury car, but she was not good at saving money. On the contrary, she had a lot of debt. One day she had a stroke at work which left her paralyzed on one side of her body. Unable to work or care for herself, her husband got custody of two of their kids, so no more child support.  Her oldest child left college to care for her and help her apply for food stamps and disability benefits after losing her home and car. Just as the Bible says, her sin made her poor in both body and spirit compared to her previous standard of living.  

Like Adam, Eve, and the Israelites, the fictional woman in the story learned the hard way that there are consequences for failing to honor God with our bodies in terms of how we eat as part of our spiritual relationship with Him.  Her story plays out over and over again in the lives of people you know every day! As Adam and Eve experienced death and caused a curse to fall upon themselves and their descendants by choosing to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, so do people today cut their lives short and bring hurt and pain upon their loved ones when they become diagnosed with and eventually succumb to obesity related diseases and eating disorders.  

The Good News is Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and with His stripes we’re healed from every sin and physical ailment (Isaiah 53:5).  In other words, you don’t have to let the cycle of obesity and eating disorders be the same song but a different verse playing out in your life!  I encourage you to repent and be healed physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, then make wise choices about the food and beverages you choose to consume so that you will have the long, abundant life with your family that the Lord intended for you to have.

If you or someone you know has been quietly suffering because of the effects of obesity, its related diseases, or an eating disorder, 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, Threads, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips.  Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify, The Narrative Matters, 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!

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