This is an excerpt from Day 1 of Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study
Do you ever feel like you’ll never break free from the control of food? I used to feel that way. Overeating was that one thing in life I thought I’d never be able to overcome. Every year, I’d make the same New Year’s resolution: Lose x number of pounds. Every year I failed to reach my goal.
I tried diets. And about every twenty-ninth time they worked— usually when I had some reason I absolutely had to lose weight. A wedding. A reunion. Or a number on the scale so shocking I could hardly believe what I was seeing.
If I was beyond-the-end-of-my-rope desperate, I could sometimes work up enough willpower to lose weight. At least enough to get me into the “good enough” category.
But it never lasted. I always gained the weight back. This went on for twenty-five years. Gain. Lose. Gain. Lose. Gain. Lose. I could pretty much tell what my life was like by looking at my weight.
When life was good, I was slim. When life was bad, I was overweight. I was an emotional eater, and my weight reflected what was going on in my life at the time.
I wish I could say, “But then one day, I saw the light and suddenly my life changed!”
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. This is what really happened: One day I discovered a discipline that God has used to transform my life in countless ways. That discipline is the renewing of the mind. And because of the Holy Spirit working through that discipline, I now live free from the control of food.
However—and this is a sad however—it didn’t happen overnight. It took a long time. Hours of meeting with God to discuss my food issues with Him and look at life from His perspective. But those hours spent with Him? They were incredible hours. Hours that brought me closer to Him. Hours that got me excited about His Word. And hours that slowly, but powerfully, began to change me.
If you’re in the same spot I was for twenty-five years—feeling like you’ll never break free from food’s control over you—let me encourage you. God is powerful. He can do anything, including setting you free from the stronghold of overeating.
He may not do it as quickly as you’d like—that’s almost a guarantee—but He will do it if you seek Him for help. This Bible study is all about going to Him for help. Let’s begin by getting a biblical view of transformation.
Read the following Bible verses with weight loss in mind. List the role we play and the role God plays in the transformation process.
|Our Role||God’s Role|
|2 Corinthians 10:3-5|
- In summary, what is our part in the transformation process?
- What is God’s part in the transformation process?
- What do you normally do when you want to be transformed in the area of weight?
- According to the verses you just read, is that enough? Why or why not?
The Greek word used for “abide” in John 8:31-32 and John 15:4-5 is the same word that’s used for living in a house. The idea is that we don’t just visit the Word for ten minutes a day. We live in the Word. Meditate on it. Chew on it as we walk through the day.
Let it fill us and change the way we think about life. Let it fill us and change the way we think about food. And even let it fill us and change the way we think about ourselves.
My prayer is that this Bible study will be a time of deep fellowship with God as you go to Him for help with weight loss and maintenance. Each day I’ll have a short study and an optional assignment that will help you apply the lesson. Here’s your first assignment. (Continued in Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study.)
Note: This is an excerpt from Day 1 of Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study