Often we ask God to set us free from our habits and sins and then wonder why He’s not helping. He’s probably thinking, I wonder why she’s not doing what I told her to do?
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 is focused on the lies that make us eat, body image, and the weight loss process. I wrote this Bible study to go along with the questions and Bible verses in I Deserve a Donut, and although you can do the study without I Deserve a Donut, it’s best if you have both books.
I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) is a renewing of the mind resource to use in the midst of temptation and also to prepare yourself for temptation. I use it all the time, just for regular life. It is filled with 36 sets of questions and over 150 Bible verses that you can use to have conversations with God about life and food. The questions and Bible verses will help you renew your mind, taking off the lies that make you eat and putting on the truth that will set you free. It’s also available as a free app.
Freedom from Emotional Eating: A Weight Loss Bible Study is more focused on emotional eating. Although there is material on boundaries and breaking free from the control of food, most of the book is devoted to learning how to let go of negative emotions. The comment I get most often with this book is that yes, it helped me with eating, but it helped me even more with letting go of my negative emotions.