We want the quick and easy plan, but God rarely jumps in to instantly deliver us from our habits and sins. Instead He expects us to be involved in our own transformation.
Jesus shows us the way: fight lies with truth.
When He was tempted in the desert, He didn’t sit back and say, “Help me, Father!” Instead, He engaged in spiritual battle. He answered each of Satan’s lies with truth and was successful in saying no to temptation.
Here are ten Bible verses you can use as “weapons” when you’re tempted to break your boundaries with eating (or any other habit or sin).
1. It’s just one bite.
Romans 13:14: But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
2. I want it, so I should eat it.
1 Corinthians 6:12: All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
3. I won’t have any fun if I don’t eat it.
Philippians 4:11-13: Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
4. I’m sick of saying no all the time. I want to have fun like everyone else.
Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
5. This is NO FUN!!!!!
Hebrews 12:11: All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
6. I shouldn’t have to say no.
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
7. I should be able to eat what I want when I want.
1 John 2:15-16: Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
8. I can’t do this. It’s too hard.
Jeremiah 32:27: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?
9. I just need a little more willpower.
Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Not willpower!)
10. I’m never going to change anyway, so why bother?
Philippians 1:6: For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
P.S. If you’d like a weight loss Bible study and weight loss renewing of the mind resource to help you with your weight loss efforts, check out the following resources:
Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study will help you jumpstart your weight loss program with 30 Bible studies to help you go to God for help with weight loss.
I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) contains 36 sets of questions that will help you discover the lies that make you eat and more than 150 Bible verses you can use to engage in spiritual battle.