When I was morbidly obese I would over eat all day everyday. Let me just tell you that gluttony is so horrible to me because it was a sin that I had to wear daily with my obesity. It was such a shameful sin to wear. There are many different reasons that we over eat. One reason is because we are emotionally eating. We are using food to fill the void that is meant for Jesus to fill. Food made me feel better temporarily. There is tons of research that says it has to do with the feel good chemical reactions that come from eating certain foods. Foods that are rich in carbohydrates can release serotonin. Dopamine is released when eating protein rich foods. Phenylethamine is released when we eat chocolate. Oh my goodness, I love to eat chocolate! I could sit here and tell you about all the different hormones that are released that make us feel good when we eat certain foods, but the bottom line is that I needed those feel good hormones in my body to make me feel complete. I was missing and seeking something. Food would cure my emptiness, but only temporarily. Food became my drug and I was addicted to it.
Proverbs 25:28 says:
“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”
I know how that man feels when he is lacking self control: frantic, anxious, worried, desperate, distressed, distracted, susceptible, weak, helpless, defenseless, exposed, and vulnerable.
The bible also says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and those fruits of the Spirit are in you.
Did you get that? If you call yourself a Christian and realize that you have received your salvation from the blood of Jesus Christ, then the fruits of the spirit are IN YOU! If you are anything like me then you are wondering where it is in you...
One day I was talking to a lady from our church that home schooled all her children. I told her I thought that was awesome that she home schooled her children and I just did not have enough patience to home school my kids. She said, “Sarah, patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit and it is in you. You should ask God to help you develop more patience.”
I used to joke about the levels of each fruit of the Spirit that I had in me and when it got to self-control I would show that I had a pinch and then laugh it off. I quickly realized that I needed to ask God to make the fruit of self-control in me stronger and I did this through lots of prayer.
My advice to you about your food issues, or whatever temptation you struggle with is…. pray, pray, and then pray some more.
He listens and He is faithful.