Biblical truths to help set you free from overeating! 15 simple tips for the Christian about how to use the Bible to stop overeating and put your faith in your food choices.
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 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. To really seal these principles into your heart, CLICK HERE to download your FREE 5-Day Bible Study.
Before you continue, 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. Then, you’ll see that there is so much to be done, you’ll get overwhelmed.
Rather than getting stuck, look for your most effective strategy. Then, practice it a few times before moving on.
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.
ROMANS 8:12-39 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!
Galatians 5:22-25 NLT But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
7. Pick a fruit. We have been given clear evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit. Read over the list above and pick a fruit (to walk in). Maybe what you need now is patience with your children or faithfulness with a difficult job. See it and DO it. By doing so you are stepping out of your flesh (overeating) and into the Spirit!
8. Imagine the cross. Close your eyes and picture our loving and sinless Savior on that cross on that dark day. Look him in the eyes and reach out to touch his bloody feet. This isn’t an exercise in guilt, it is an exercise in grace. He died for our overeating. What is the least we can do for him?
9. Ask your Guide. We have been given the Holy Spirit to direct us in every single step that we take (John 14:15-17)! Isn’t this exactly what we are longing for! If uncertainty and “overwhelm” are prodding you to eat, reach out to the One who is there to help you navigate your life. But you have to ASK.
1 Timothy 4:4,8 NLT Since everything (food) God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer. Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
10. Put on thankfulness. As you contemplate eating more than your body needs, stop and thank God for it. While praying won’t turn a sinful heart pure, it will turn our hearts toward God. Thankfulness softens our firm resolve and opens our hearts to communicate with God through prayer. If your heart is feeling hard, thankfulness will help you get to the place where you are more willing to ask for help.
11. Watch for justifications. Are you arguing with yourself about what to eat? Maybe you are relying on worldly wisdom to justify eating saying this food “low calorie”, “low fat”, or “healthy”. Try to keep this debate off of the specific food and direct it towards the heart.
12. Train like it matters. I get it, not eating is not easy. If it were easy to make self-controlled food choices, the size and shape of the people around us would look a lot different! We aren’t training for smaller jeans, we are training for something bigger- godliness! Think about the importance of your choice to eat in your training.
James 1:2, 6 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
13. Find the joy. In the midst of a struggle, this will sound like the worst suggestion ever! However, have you noticed that when we need something the most is when we want it the least? This trouble you are experiencing, it is for your greater JOY. The refinement that will come from these battle wounds will make you into the Christ-follower you want to be!
14. Ask in faith. Do you believe God? I mean, do you really believe what he says? I tend to have faith for big things but small life details, I’m apt to act as if I am on my own. But God promises to be our strength. He says that he will fill us with the fruit of self-control. It is our job to ask, expecting him to answer!
15. Stop wavering. You know that battle in your mind that wavers between “eat!” and “don’t eat!”. Yeah, stop it. If we are less than 100% set on a making a difficult choice, it is going to be HARD. Notice your lack of resolve and make your mind up 100% that you are NOT going to eat. Often the choice feels like a relief simply because we made a decision and not because we decided to eat.
FIND YOUR FREEDOM
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- Print out the Bible Study and complete one section each day. As you are journaling, look for particular habits that you would like to apply to your life.
- Commit these changes to God through prayer, each day.
- If you need additional support in adopting these new practices, use The Ultimate 12-Week Healthy Habit Goal Setting Planner to set realistic goals that you can successfully complete each day.
So there you have it, 15 awesome tips that can lead to more food freedom in your life.
While we know that no one practice is your “answer”, JESUS IS, these strategies will strengthen your relationship with Him. Then, as you rely on HIS strength when you feel weak, you will truly be made strong!