5 Steps to Freedom From Your Food Addiction
Delectable foods tantalize our appetites everywhere we turn. Indulging in high-sugar foods leads to craving more until a person becomes addicted. If you are addicted, you can’t rely on self-control. You need to understand the spiritual aspects of consuming foods in a manner you do not desire. This article focuses on how to gain freedom from food addiction.
Recognizing an Addiction
How can you tell when you have an addiction? You can recognize it when you have an overpowering desire that you surrender to over and over again. Paul struggled with a similar issue as indicated in Romans 7:15: “For what I am doing, I do not understand, for I do not practice what I will to do, but I do the very thing I hate.”
Can you relate to Paul? Do you indulge in inappropriate eating habits that you know needs to change? If yes, do you think it is a stronghold, emotional issue with food, spiritual bondage or lack of understanding about which foods negatively impact your health? We will explore all of these issues in this series of healthy living articles, but this article (the third in our series) will address the spiritual aspect of an addiction.
If you think your food addiction has a spiritual connection because you feel helpless to control the way you eat, the following five-step plan may free you.
5-Step Plan for Freedom From Food Addiction
- Name what controls you.
Name the thing controlling you—food addiction, eating disorder or food stronghold, and declare (out loud) Jesus Christ is your Lord in its place!
Stand up to the issue that brings bondage into your life by saying, “__________ (insert your addiction), you won’t lord over me nor entice me anymore. Jesus is my Lord!” A person obtains spiritual power and authority through Christ. Declare that the spiritual powers of darkness will not have lordship over your life. They will not rule you, govern your behavior, capture your thought life, nor lead you into temptation and sin because “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Get ready, for you are capable of evicting the addiction from your life. If you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit lives within you, and the Spirit is stronger than Satan. Day after day, declare out loud that Jesus reigns as the Lord of your life—not the food addiction.