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Have you ever thought about your perfect meal? My perfect meal would consist of a Spicy Chicken sandwich, fries from Popeye’s, and a smoothie from Jamba Juice. For dessert I’d have strawberry sundae from Mcdonalds, ice cream from Cold Stone, and some of Dunkin Donut’s finest glazed donuts. Doesn’t that just sound amazing? We all have our guilty pleasures and food was mine.
My obsession with food grew out of my struggles with image throughout my childhood. I was the girl who had bigger feet, bigger calves, and I was unsatisfied with my overall appearance. Refusing to not be in control of my weight and image I began to go on binges. I battled bulimia and anorexia as a result of my obsession with my self image. As the years went by, I regained control over bulimia and anorexia however, I still struggled with my eating habits. Eating became a coping mechanism for me. When things were good in my life, I celebrated by eating. When things were bad, I contended by eating. I satisfied every positive, negative, and neutral emotion by delighting myself in food. It became addictive, all emptiness, happiness, anger, and even tranquility integrate itself with food.
Food, food, food. I had to have it. But what’s wrong with food we need it to survive right?
On a primary level there is nothing wrong with the consumption of food. We need it as sustenance to survive. When food becomes an idol is where the problem begins. Food should not be the basis for your entire survival as a human being. For a long time I was unaware that food had become somewhat of a God to me. God revealed to me that I was struggling with gluttony. Gluttony is the excessive indulgence in food and drink. I had to begin to search the word on what it says about indulgence and how God would want me to deal with this issue. Gluttony is no different than any sin you battle. It must be fought with the same type of tenacity.
Along with the Word of God, prayer, and fasting another instrument I used to combat my struggle with gluttony was a website called http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com ( The Lord’s Table) This site is excellent for walking you through effective plans and helping you overcome struggles. God really used this site to CHANGED my heart, mind, and my whole entire life! It was then I saw the true reason why I was constantly overeating, and it wasn’t because of boredom, social pressure, or genetic predisposition. It was often because I felt empty and at the time I lacked heart-satisfaction and I was attempting to nourish my souls by eating
So What does the Bible say about food?
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31
In other words: we may keep stuffing food into our bellies beyond reason, but it will never, ultimately, satisfy us.
All man’s efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied. - Ecclesiastes 6:7
You shall eat, but not be satisfied; and hunger shall be in your midst; and you shall carry away, but shall not save; and that which you save will I give up to the sword. - Micah 6:14
Micah is judging Israel for her disobedience and injustice. In its proper context, Micah 6:14 is a part of a list of judgments against the people of Israel for their sin. As part of their judgment but God, the nation of Israel would eat, but not be satisfied. Micah stating that the Israelites’ emptiness would remain “in the midst” of them is in reference to the….
Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”- Matthew 4:4
Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” - John 6:53-58
Where do we find internal fullness, satisfaction for the heart, and nourishment for our souls?
When we feed on Christ we are full and satisfied. Feeding on Christ through his Word,prayer, and fasting unto Him will fill our hearts, souls, and takes away the desire to overeat.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;with singing lips my mouth will praise you.-Psalms 63:5
How sweet are your words to my taste sweeter than honey to my mouth!- Psalms 119:103
There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t look in the back of a newspaper or a magazine to see what the Astrologist said about me. It was my truth! It was a time in my life when use to rub on rocks because I was told that the rock would help me have a good day. I had my first psychic reading when I was 13 years old in a all girls group home. I even got married in a T-Shirt that had my so called zodiac sign on it!! which was eight years ago. My testimony is deep and long, but NOTHING Christ couldn’t handle in His impeccable time. Christ has did a work in my life concerning astrology. It’s been almost 6 years since I’ve looked at the back of a newspaper or a magazine, or have went to visit a psychic. I know that is all done by God’s amazing Grace!
I wanted to share my research and resources with you. I did this research almost 4 years ago. You’d be surprises at how many Christians are caught up in Astrology, but please take a look at what I found after being convicted of the Holy Spirit. The truth set me free and It will set you free as well. I pray that it blesses you and others.
much Prayer and fasting is need when coming out of things like this.
Here we go…
Today, many people dabble in the mystical, occultic arts. Is there anything wrong with being involved in these practices? Yes, the Bible takes a clear position on this subject, strongly denouncing these practices. God created us and therefore owns us. He has a right to set the rules for our lives. God’s Word indicates that these practices are part of Satan’s strategy of evil tricks and deception, designed to lead us astray. Satan and his demons are real beings set on our destruction. Christians are warned to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”(Ephesians 6:11-12).
See: What is the occult?
Concerning occult practices, the Israelites were told:
“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominationsof those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…”
Astrology (predictions by the planets or moon; horoscopes; sometimes referred to as “observing times” in the Old Testament)
Although the Bible does go into great detail about astrology, it certainly makes its position clear. We should never trust in astrological beliefs or predictions. Astrology is an ancient, heathen practice that leads to disaster. Our lives are not determined by the stars or movement of planets. The Bible warns against the false predictions of astrology (Jeremiah 10:2; 27:9-10; Daniel 2:1-4; 4:7; 5:7-9) and repeatedly condemns the associated practice of worshipping the sun, moon and stars (or “deities or demons associated with them”) (Deuteronomy 4:19;17:2-5; 2 Kings 21:3, 5; Zephaniah 1:5; Job 31:26-28; Jeremiah 8:1-2).
…For you have trusted in your wickedness… Therefore evil shall come upon you… trouble shall fall upon you… Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame…
Magic, Spells, Enchantments, Charming, Sorcery, Wizardry, Witchcraft
Research has shown that occult magic is often fraudulent and deceitful illusion - counterfeit miracles. Many books have been written on this subject. In some instances, occult magic or divination are a manifestation of demonic powers or the result of demon possession (Acts 16:16). Of course, the power of Satan and his demons is extremely limited compared to God’s power.
Those who follow the path of the magic arts are on the wrong path - a road that leads away from God, not toward Him. In one way or another, the end will be disaster. The evil Queen Jezebel practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22) bringing catastrophe on herself and all Israel. Over and over, God denounces those who “conjure spells” (NKJV) and those who practice witchcraft and sorcery. The Bible says that anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 2 Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12; Isaiah 47:12; Ezekiel 13:18, 20; Acts 8:11-24; Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 7:11; Revelation 9:21; 22:15).
God warns of the ultimate punishment. Revelation 21:8 says of “…those who practice magic arts …their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur… the second death” (NIV). Those who practice witchcraft (sorcery) will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). These practices are anti-God and are in rebellion against Him.
Many of citizens of ancient Ephesus practiced the magic arts. Those who became Christians realized the foolish error of their former lives and burned their expensive books of magic as the trash they were (Acts 19:19).
The Bible tells how the apostle Paul once dealt with one of these deceivers, a sorcerer and false prophet who led people astray. “Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.’ And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand” (Acts 13:9-11).
Divination, Fortune-telling, Mediums, Spiritism,Necromancy, Familiar Spirits, Wizardry, Seances, Channeling, Clairvoyance, Spirit-guides
The Bible strongly warns people not to consult mediums and spiritists for the truth, but to inquire of God (Isaiah 8:19). Clearly, if those who practiced these arts have any power (beyond being great deceivers), it is not a gift from God (as some falsely claim). The Bible condemns and forbids these practices several times (Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Isaiah 44:25; Jeremiah 27:9; 2 Kings 21:6; 23:24). Divination and Spiritism were despised practices of the heathens (Ezekiel 21:21; Isaiah 19:3; 1 Samuel 28). Scripture says that one of the reasons King Saul died was “because he consulted a medium for guidance” rather than God (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).
The Bible provides examples showing the folly and failures of those who claimed the ability to predict the future based on their own powers or those of spirits (Daniel 2:27, etc.). God calls the word of diviners “nonsense,” “lies” and “deception” for foolish people (Ezekiel 13:8;Jeremiah 14:14; Isaiah 44:25). God said, “Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (Ezekiel 13:3). If an Israelite lived the deceitful practice of being a medium, it was punishable by death (Leviticus 20:27). The presence of a medium or spiritist among God’s people of Israel was considered a defilement (Leviticus 19:31). All these practices take people further from their Creator, the true and living God.
Following omens or signs
We are not to look to omens or “signs” to direct our lives. The Bible reprimands people for doing this. It is an “abomination” and foolishness (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Look to God and His instructions for life as provided in the Bible. To do otherwise is to foolishly deceive yourself, or allow Satan and others to deceive you.