Saturday, July 30, 2011

HELP! I'M A SLAVE TO FOOD!


Do you describe yourself as a food addict? 

Do you feel that the Chocolate Chip Cookie has power over you? 

If you do, then read this little booklet to help you break free from that prison! 

I have written this booklet for two compelling reasons:

FIRST, my interest in this topic is very personal. There have been times in my life when I was a slave to food. You could say that food was my drug of choice. It consumed my life. I tried to use food as a balm for unwanted emotions. I used food to distract me from undesirable responsibilities. It brought a false sense of pleasure and satisfaction, only to end in confusion and betrayal.

Today, by God’s empowering grace, I am walking victoriously in the words of Jesus that “life is more than food” (Luke 12:23) and “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). I realized that food was not a magic pill to make all of my problems go away. I finally turned to Jesus for real this time. I surrendered my sinful motives to Him. Then and only then was I able to experience John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
SECOND, I’m concerned about the effectiveness of the Christian church. Excessive overeating, which is called gluttony in the Bible, can no longer be considered a subtle, respectable, and silent sin. It is hindering the spiritual growth and effectiveness of many Christians. In the Bible, excessive eating and drinking are often associated with each other. Proverbs 23:21 and Deuteronomy 21:20 put overeating in the same category as drunkenness.

Elyse Fitzpatrick says, “Think about it as the difference between having a glass of wine with dinner and getting drunk. Gluttony is similar to getting drunk on food.”[1] If practicing alcoholics were attending your church, would you not have the compassion to reach out to them and help them? The same thing goes for church members who are in bondage to overeating.

This little booklet isn’t the latest diet plan for losing weight. It is a compass to point you in the direction of getting to the heart of your overeating and to lead you to the only way of escape, which is through Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can truly bring you out of slavery and into true freedom.


[1]Elyse Fitzpatrick, Love To Eat, Hate To Eat (Eugene, OR.: Harvest House Publishers, 1999), 108.


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