God promised Abraham and his descendants, the Children of Israel, that He would give them the Promised Land, which flowed with milk and honey. The only problem is that the land was inhabited by the Canaanites who lived in fortified cities with seasoned armies and by the giants who lived in the mountainous regions of Canaan. Consequently, the Israelites were afraid of what they saw even though God had just miraculously delivered them from enslavement by the Egyptians.
We hypocritically criticize them harshly for their lack of faith, but we are guilty of doing the very same thing in our own lives, even when it comes to weight loss and eating disorders. Like the Israelites, many of you focus on what it will take to succeed instead of on the promise of success through Christ! You see the number of pounds you have to lose, recall how difficult it has been to resist the temptation to eat what you crave then purge, and doubt that you can ever successfully climb your way out of the mountain of weight you have put on or overcome your unhealthy habit of abstaining from eating food altogether.
God’s gift to you is the same as it was to the Israelites, Moses, Joshua, Caleb and David. The gift is the victory that is assured through Christ, not the avoidance of the battle! God is your secret weapon! You will not be on the battlefield alone. On the contrary, what you will discover is He will fight for you, for the battle is not yours, it is the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). Nevertheless, you must show up on the battlefield with healthy meals, by exercising on your dusty treadmill, and resisting your cravings as well as the temptation to return to your old eating disorder habits.
You must not yield to fatigue, be afraid that you will never be free of the eating disorder, or be intimidated by how many pounds you must lose to achieve your goal. You must continue to consume healthy foods and beverages when you do not want another carrot or a bottle of water. When there seems to be a stalemate, meaning a plateau, trust God to turn the tide of the battle in your favor. Keep going to therapy and following the treatment plan for your eating disorder even when you do not feel like it is working. In the end, your testimony will be that you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37) enough to bless you with the laurels of success when the battle is over just as an athlete receives a medal for winning a race after months and years of training.
If you are ready to stop Wandering in the Wilderness of Obesity and Eating Disorders, God is ready to help you claim the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life! 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, and 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!