There are some individuals who have eating disorders and need help. Then, there are those of us
who simply have a discipline issue and need to get our diet in check.
If you know you’ve been gobbling up all your favs and can do a better job of keeping your appetite at
bay, here are 8 Scriptures to help you accomplish this.
#1 Eat enough and then quit. When it comes to the good stuff, which is often super sweet,
salty or greasy (or a combination of all three!), we tend to go overboard. But strive not to eat
more than enough. Proverbs 25:16 says, “If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.”
#2 Resist greed. Food is a huge part of our culture. If we’re not careful, the satisfaction of our
belly will become our primary focus. This leads to unabashed greed and overindulgence.
Philippians 3:19 says, “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their
shame, with minds set on earthly things.” Greed destroys. Don’t make a god out of your belly.
#3 Be spiritual. What in the world does eating have to do with spirituality, you ask? Well, self-
control is a fruit of the spirit according to Galatians 5:23. The Greek word for self-control is
“egkrateia.” It means temperance and denotes the mastery of one’s desires and passions,
particularly sensual appetites. So a part of displaying spiritual fruit is putting natural fruit
(instead of candy or chips) in your mouth.
#4 Remember that life is more than food. A portion of Luke 12:23, which, in its larger
context encourages believers not to worry, contains six words that can help you get your diet in
check. It simply says, “For life is more than food…”
But if you look around, it doesn’t seem like it, right? Due to corporate greed, the food industry
churns out so much unhealthy processed junk and markets these health-destroying
concoctions to consumers. Everywhere there are food ads. But focus on the fact that there is
more to life than food. Don’t be consumed by the advertising or you’ll find yourself consuming
#5 Practice fasting. Fasting is a wonderful spiritual discipline and a practical way to get your
flesh in check. Deprive yourself of food for a time. This will teach you not to give into every
impulse. In Matthew 4:4, after Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and was tempted by the devil
to turn stones into bread, He said something useful: “’Man shall not live on bread alone, but on
every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
This kind of discipline is the key to mastery of fleshly temptations. At the end of the day, that’s
all junk food is—a huge temptation! You can overcome it. By the way, make sure that, before
fasting regularly for health, you check with your doctor to see if it’s right for you.
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SOURCE: Empowering Everyday Women Ministries – Michelle Hall