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Victory Over Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are psychiatric disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, characterized by disturbances in eating behavior. Jesus, by His example and life, overcame every weakness of the flesh. This includes eating disorders (Hebrews 2:17-18). The good news is that He wants to give His victory to the suffering ones. For He promised, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). The human race fell first through the temptation of Eve eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3).
An eating disorder is a very challenging disease to battle, but God desires every struggling person to have victory. Christ is the great physician. Let those that are suffering with eating disorders be assured that He has the power to deliver completely all that come to Him (John 6:37). For He came to liberate people from the bondage of sin and make them free in Him (John 8:36; Romans 6:1–23; 8:2, 15, 21).
Christ said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18 also Isaiah 61:1).
These weaknesses begin in the mind. The fight against eating disorders is not just physical. It is mental and spiritual. So, let the Word of God transform the minds of those that struggle with this problem (Romans 12:1–2). Jesus promised that His victory over the body will be given to all those that abide in Him through daily study of the Word and prayer. “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Therefore, a continuous abiding in Christ is necessary for victory.
Promises for Victory
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalms 50:15).
“…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1).
“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:13).
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2).
People that are struggling with an eating disorders after to turning to God for strength and guidance, they can seek the help of doctors and medical professionals. It is good to seek help from medical sources in conjunction with prayer and faith (Mark 2:17). In addition, seeking emotional support from family and friends can promote strength (Proverbs 11:14). The combination of human support with trust in God and His word is an sure way to address an eating disorder.
In His service,