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so hungry? It certainly wasn’t God’s.
For years, I felt powerless to say no to the behavior associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia, such as eating no more than 400 calories or less, most days. While I acknowledge eating disorders are considered a mental health issue, I also believe that for some, it eventually becomes a sin issue, too. It did for me.
However, as my relationship with God grew, I became aware that I had choices. I could continue to choose to be oppressed by the destructive behavior, or I could yield to God’s grace. I realized that each time I resisted God’s help, I was choosing to disobey Him.
Thankfully, I received counsel to meditate on God’s Word, especially whenever I felt tempted to starve myself or purge. Eventually, I noticed my love for God was growing stronger than my “need” to lose weight. In time, by God’s grace, I was able to break free from Satan’s clutches and my thoughts no longer centered on how to lose another pound.
Romans 6:11-12 continues the theme of not letting sin control us:
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts (NASB).
Admittedly, I’ve suffered setbacks, but I can now testify that eating disorders no longer reign in my life. I have been completely free from anorexia and bulimia for over twelve years.
This week we’re celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I can feel my throat tighten as I imagine how much Jesus suffered, and then died, over 2,000 years ago, so that today I can live – and eat – free from oppression. Yay, God!
What sin or bad habit is controlling you? If you haven’t totally surrendered it (or your life) to Christ, what better day to do so than on Good Friday?