Eating The Way God Instructed

This week I decided to go back to eating the way God instructed me back in 2013-14 when I lost 91 pounds. . . Unfortunately, over time, I went back to my old bad habits and regined some back. Ugh.

(Picture by Deborah Crocker)

So, after looking at that horrible number on my scales, I asked God’s forgiveness for going my own way versus His instructions. Also, I asked for strength to return back to His instructions for my weight loss.

I let ya’ll know how it went for this past week at the end of this article. 

Thursday night, Hubby and I, along with his friends went to the Mission of Hope, a Christian drug rehab. Hubby and his friends played gospel bluegrass for them. Afterwards, we went to eat supper at Sonny’s Bar B Q. We ate around 8pm. 

Yes, I know it’s too late to eat supper. But we left for the Mission of Hope shortly after we got home from work. So it’s either eat late or none at all. Since Hubby’s friends were going, we went along.

Because it was so late, I choose to order only a sweet potato, not a whole meal. Hubby ordered the Chicken Wing basket. My sweet potato was so small and pitiful looking, Hubby gave me two of his chicken wings. He offered more, but I declined. 

But oh my, how I wanted more! So I asked God for strength. Then I ate nothing else that evening. Thank you Lord. For someone who struggles with a food addiction, this is a major victory.

Then today, while running errands, Hubby decides he wants Mexican food for lunch. That’s another major struggle for me. Those chips and salsa, oh no! Now that’s temptation. 

So I ordered my favorite, Victoria Bowl. But I asked them to leave out the rice. I don’t need rice. Maybe that’ll save a few calories. Also, I asked for guacamole on the side. I hate the stuff, but Hubby loves it. So I gave it to him. 

As for the chips, I only ate six. Twelve was considered one serving on a previous diet plan I tried long ago. So today, I’ll only eat six, but with lots of salsa. I love that stuff, don’t you?

{Picture by Deborah Crocker}

As a matter of fact I pour salsa on everything. I always ask for a second bottle just so I can pour it all over my food. The picture below is my half portion to take home later.

This gives a whole different meaning to the verse about “deny yourself”. Because it feels like exactly what I’m doing, denying myself. Sigh. But I’m seeking God’s help and direction. So I must follow how He leads. If I feel convicted about something, I stop and seek direction. 

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follw Me. Luke 9:23

          I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. Psalms 32:8 

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. Corinthians 9:27 

So far. I’ve lost 8 pounds this past week due to eating the way God instructed me. Thank you Lord for success and victory. It’s probably water weight, but I’m thrilled about it. Thank you Lord for victory.

(Picture by Deborah Crocker)
(Picture by Deborah Crocker)

I’ll Give You Victory

Child, I’ll give you victory if only you’ll listen and obey as I lead you.

Lord, help me.

Indeed I am helping you. But you must be willing to let go. Satan doesn’t want you to win your victory. He doesn’t want any of Mine to have victory. In fact, he wants all of Mine defeated in their weakness.

But I win. As you yield yourself to Me, I win and you win too. 

Lord, I turn stupid at night.

Child, I will give you victory. If you’ll talk to Me before eating, then I will fill you with strength and wisdom. Because I intend for you to have victory and for you to be one of My “trophy children”.

So come to Me, first and foremost, before eating more than your body needs. 

Lord, help me.

Child, if you’d come to Me, then you would be given new strength  and new wisdom. Quit trying to do this in your own power. For I’ll give you victory.

The overwhelming compulsion to overeat would leave. Satan never wins over My Presence. Because I always win. I AM victory. So come to Me for Your victory.

Lord, help me manage my time correctly.

Child, you had time for Me last night.

Yes Sir. I know.

Child, if you would come to Me, I would lead you. For I am in charge of time. 

Lord, help me.

Child, I am and I will. Just come to Me for all you need for I AM all you need. After all,  I AM your provider. 

Yes Sir.

Child, don’t think of yourself as a failure, for you are My “Victory trophy”. You are. Believe it.

Be strong in the Lord
There are no perfect people, but God has already planned for your victory.

Yes Sir.

Child, come to Me before compulsive eating. Just 15 minutes, invest 15 minutes in yourself. Place yourself in My Presence. For it is My Presence that gives you victory, My Presence. Think about that. 

My Presence is stronger than your compulsions. It’s My Presence that guarantees your victory, 

“Victory is Mine”, saith the Lord, for I AM the winner. With Me on your side, you can’t lose in defeat for I always win over all. Yes, all. 

Even when it looks as though all is lost, I AM victory. I AM. How many times do I have to tell you? “Don’t look at what you see. Instead look at Me.” 

So don’t even look at yourself for you don’t see what I see in you. I see you as My “Victory trophy”. Come into My Presence so you can see what I see in you, My Child. Indeed you are one of My victory trophies. 

As each of My children come into My Presence in complete surrender, I re-create them into a Victory trophy. So Child, come to Me for your victory.  I am holding your victory in My hand. 

After all, I AM victory. Therefore all of Mine are victory too. So come to Me for your victory. I’ll give you victory. 

Today Lord, I give you My heart. Forgive my many failures. Lead me this day to Your will in all things. Above all else, I want to make You proud of me. Furthermore I want all the victories You have for me.

FEED ON THIS

For the Lord delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.          Psalms 149:4 NLT

Despite all these things overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8: 37 

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve victory through our faith. 1John 5:4 

Come to Me, My child

WHAT MAKES ME OVEREAT?

What makes me overeat?
What makes me overeat? Will I ever lose weight and gain victory?

Lord, what makes me overeat?

Child, it’s your spirit that’s hungry. But you’ve been feeding yourself. The real issue is that you hunger for My Presence, but you’re going to food instead of Me.

So Lord, what am I to do? How can I defeat these cravings that drive me crazy? What makes me overeat like I do?

Also I feel ashamed of talking to You about my food when there’s so much suffering and heartache in the world. But what am I to do?

Child, go back to the original plan I gave you. Back then during your first 40 days of eating according to My instructions, you were very careful to eat half portions.

Know that it’s not half your food I desire, it’s your submissive heart before Me I desire. As long as you’re holding on to food in your hand, you can’t receive your victory that I’m holding in My hand.

Why you ask? I’ll tell you why. Back then you believed. Now you expect defeat and failure.

Back then when I first told you what to do, your thought was, “I can do this.” Now your thought is “I can’t do this.” That’s your main issue, your belief.

If you think you can’t, you’re right. You can’t.

But you forget, “I can.”

But Lord, are you going to take the food out of my hand?

No, I’m going to take the desire out of your heart.

I don’t see that happening.

Don’t sass Me. Trust Me instead. As it is said, “You’re on thin ice.”

Yes Sir. But . . . it’s just I don’t know what to do.

Do exactly as I’ve instructed you. As you follow and obey My instructions, then you will see victory.

But Lord, what makes me overeat like this? I can’t control myself. Why?

Overall it’s your heart that’s the problem. You love food pleasure more than Me.

Oh Lord, I’m so sorry. How can I change?

Child, you can’t. But I can. It’s time for you to have heart surgery- a circumcised  heart before Me. As you submit yourself to Me, I will cut away portions of food-love from your heart.

But you must come to Me daily (sometimes by the minute) for your heart circumcise surgery. As you come to Me, I will remove the part of your heart that loves food. And I will fill your heart with love for Me and others too.

Carry a small notebook with you. When you want to eat, write prayers to Me and for others. So you’ll replace food pleasure with intercession for others. This will fulfill two needs, the needs of others for prayer and the need of you to resist temptation for food pleasure.

My original plan for fasting was to change hearts and replace food consumption with God interaction.

So you’ll replace food consumption with intercession for others. This is a good plan, for it will fulfill two needs, the needs of others and your need to resist temptation.

Instead of your time being used eating, you will now be using time for intercession. This is a good plan.

Also be careful about your portions. That’s a visual of your submission heart, not a greedy heart wanting it all. It’s your submissive heart I desire. It’s your love I desire most of all. I’m not a controlling God that demands obedience. No, I am a God that longs for your love above all else.

It’s the love of food that destroys, robs you of your victory

It will be My love that grants you victory.

Feed On This

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalms 37:23‭-‬24 NKJV

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin (food compulsion) that leads to death. (Guilt, weight gain) Romans 8:2 NLT

Submission In Your Heart

 

Submission in your heart

Child, it’s not a diet program, or any certain food that will help you break free from this obsession to overeat. It is submission in your heart, yielded before Me, that will break you free from this excessive weight and overeating.

Unless your heart is right, in submission to My will concerning your food, nothing changes. Only your weight will change, going up and down as you struggle between eating everything your heart desires and struggling to follow a diet program.

Keep submission in your heart

Desire the fullness of My Presence and you’ll let go of excessive food. Look to a diet for deliverance  from the obsession to overeat and you’ll be disappointed.

For example, you bought that diet food hoping it would help you. Then you binge ate it, didn’t you.

Yes Sir. It was good.

Child, I present My case to you with this evidence. Unless your heart, and its desires are changed, nothing changes. So as you yield your heart to My will, I’ll lead you. When you have submission in your heart before Me, then I can lead you to your personal victory.

Submission in your heart

 

 

Feed On This

So prepare Your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as god’s obedient children. don’t slip back into your old way of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do (even what you eat and drink – my words) just as God who chose you is holy. 1 Peter 1:13 -15

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you. 1Peter 5:6