Your Body is a Temple
We are literally eating ourselves to death!
Breaking the chains of addiction has little to do with willpower and much to do with divine intervention. Willpower wanes. Divine intervention is infinite. It is by the power of something much greater than we are that we smoke our last cigarette, have our last alcoholic drink, pop our last pill, and snort our last line.
It is no different with food! Food can be used as a drug the same as any of the substances that alters our body and brain chemistry. What makes recovery from eating disorders so complex is the fact that we cannot abstain from food. We have to have food to live.
Overeating and compulsive eating are temporary fixes, a high that takes the sting out of life, if only for a brief while. It is a vicious cycle when we overeat. Riddled with guilt, we eat more to cover the feelings of guilt and shame, and the cycle continues.
The addict will say, after a while, that they are using drugs as a way of “getting right” just to “feel normal.” How is this any different from the way we take medication in order to abuse food and in turn get our fix?
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We all hear that diet and exercise, are the remedy. In addition, it is not news to most, just how many preventive diseases that are caused by obesity. These are the facts that we hear from our doctors during our many visits, the data that goes in one ear and out the other. We impatiently listen all the while waiting for our doctor to write out our prescription for our medication, so we can go on our way and continue with our addictive lifestyle.
We are making choices that literally shorten our days here on this earth! Our bodies are to be a holy temple. We are to treat ourselves as a living, breathing acceptable temple to the Lord. Yet we disregard our part in what makes us unhealthy and rely upon the mercies of God. Each day, I thank God for his mercy for in my humanness I have made decisions that could have killed me. However, it is by His mercy that I am still alive.
There is Hope
However, I truly believe that God wants us to do our part. He wants us to make an effort. He wants us to have a willing heart and a made-up mind and He will do for us that which we cannot do for ourselves. He will do the heavy lifting!
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
We will need to humble our hearts enough to admit to God that we have a problem and that we need help that only comes from Him. I have had to do this a number of times in my life; having an addictive personality, as I do. I know that when I have tried to white knuckle my way through anything, it does not last very long. However, when I call upon the Master to intervene, He will do for me that which I thought impossible.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 4:13
Is God capable of healing us in an instant? I belief absolutely without a doubt, He can and has! However, if I am looking for God to heal my body of preventable diseases I must do my part. If I continue to heap my plate, I have now taken my power back and I am no longer relying on God’s power. I am insisting on my way and not God’s way.
More than likely, God is not going to come down and slap a fork out of our hands. This is our job. He is not going to heal us so we can have our way, so that we can continue the same old destructive behavior of being gluttons.
Sometimes healing does not happen in an instant. I am still a work in progress. I work diligently at regaining my health. It is one day at a time, and some days it is one moment at a time, but I am worth the effort. Moreover, I believe God sees me as worth it!
We must first want to get well. I rely on the fact that when I become fully willing to have God’s will to be done in my life, He will heal me and He will heal me completely; mind, and body! Until then I learn, I grow, and I have faith!