I have fought the battle of food addiction and weight gain for many years. Unfortunately, I have been on the losing side for most of it. I lost some weight, but always gained it back. Up and down, up and down. The reason is, I was using outside methods to fix an inside problem.
I really gained understanding of this truth when I read the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. Now, it took me quite a while to really take to the battle plan. I first read this book a few years ago, and have read it many times over since. In fact, I keep the daily devotional on a loop. I need it that badly. It boils down to this: The better my relationship is with God, the better enabled I am to handle the battles that rage around and inside me. I am most equipped to fight when I am closest to my Savior. He wants me to win! All hard things, all sacrificial things – are possible through Christ who strengthens me!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
I purposed in my heart that this year – 2016 – I would BE a different person. I would stop wishing I was this way or that way, and BE what I want to BE! One of those wishes that I am making come true is that I would lose the unhealthy weight I have gained over the years; that I would care about my body, the temple of God!
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Cor 6:19-20
For the first time in a long while, my trip to Disneyland this week did not include cravings for any and all sweet treats. I did not look longingly at goodies being enjoyed by all the guests there. I didn’t feel left out. Not that I would indulge in these things normally, but the craving was always with me – a constant companion telling me that it just wasn’t fair, and shouting to me that I was really missing out on something by not having those sweets!
On the same trip, I saw a large group of girls wearing matching shirts that read: “Rides? We’re here for the food!” That just really struck me. I was glad that that was NOT me! I even felt like it was a rather pathetic testimony to be sporting around on a shirt. I realized that my mind has been transformed, and food is no longer at the forefront. It felt really good. I felt FREE. And that made me so happy!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Is there a constant craving companion in your life? Maybe it’s food, like mine was. It could be shopping, or the need for attention or praise. Or even a substance. Whatever it is that is nagging you, I want to let you know that FREEDOM is possible. You can break the bonds you have with your addictions. The key? Strengthen your bond with God. The more you seek Him, growing your relational bond with Him, the more the bonds of your addictions are loosened. You can choose to give your heart and mind to Christ, and walk in FREEDOM!