For the first time in about 15 years, I seem to have a handle on my food intake.
When I accepted Christ as my Savior almost 20 years ago, a lot of changes occurred. I quit using the LORD’s name in vain right way — this had been commonplace in the home I grew up in, so I am very thankful this was one of the first things the Holy Spirit convicted me of. As I read God’s Word, other changes took place. I found I had the gift of helps and enjoyed serving others.
What I did NOT realize was that the battle would continue; as Jesus is in the process of cleaning us up, our enemy zeroes in on the areas where we are weak. As I served the LORD I didn’t know how or when to say “no”, and so with added duties the stress also piled on. I used food as my comfort instead of going to the LORD for help when I was stressed.
As God’s been guiding me to make positive changes in my diet and exercise, I noticed I had some emotional issues going on, but I just couldn’t put my finger on the source. I stepped down from a leadership position so I could focus more on God’s Word.
Satan has been tempting me emotionally by reminding me of my past — mistakes I made, people I hurt, things I did, etc. I never know when my mind is going to be bombarded with images of things that happened some 30-40 years ago.
In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Each time Satan tempted Him, Jesus used Scripture as His shield. When these images from my past come up, I, too, use the Word of God: “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Matthew 4:10 (NIV)
Our battle is not over until we pass from this world. We need to stay on guard, protecting ourselves from the distractions the enemy throws at us because he knows just where to get us. We are reminded of this in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (NIV)
Satan knew he couldn’t entice me with food, so he’s using my past. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV)
I am guarding my heart and my mind by using God’s Word just as Jesus did.
What are you doing in the midst of your own battle?