A lady wrote me on takebackyourtemple.com to ask for help because she is dealing with overeating issues.She made two statements that showed me what the problem is:
“Food ... is something that I have not been able to overcome. Food still controls me.”
When I read those two things, it was clear to me that she is dealing with a mental stronghold, which is rooted in false beliefs. But praise God that strongholds are meant to be torn down!
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV).
I asked her two questions to help her uncover any fears behind the stronghold. If you are dealing with a similar situation, then you may want to ask yourself:
1. What does my life look like when food is no longer the focus?
2. What am I afraid will happen when food binging is no longer an issue?
I asked her to get a pen and a piece of paper and write down the answers to those two questions, being prayerful the whole time. I asked her to write me back and let me know what she learns.
The purpose of the first question is to let you know if you can even see yourself having a healthy relationship with food. Some people have practiced their eating patterns for so long that they can't imagine living without them.
The second question helps you see if there are any fears holding you back. A saying goes, “An intolerable situation will exist in your life as long as you are willing to tolerate it.”
In other words: As long as you can live with it, you will.
That is human nature. You may be unhappy in your situation, but if you are not doing anything to change it, then you have learned to live with being unhappy.
It is only when a burning desire comes alive within you and you make a decision that you want better that will you start working for better. You will be willing to invest in whatever time and wisdom it takes to have better.
I pray these questions help you to start your process for tearing down mental strongholds. I recommend meditating on this scripture today: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).”
Once 240 pounds and a size 22, Kimberly Taylor can testify of God’s healing power to end binge eating. She is an author and the creator of the Christian weight loss website www.takebackyourtemple.com. Visit today for inspirational health and weight loss tips.