This is a question that swirls through my mind as I help other people as well as myself try to balance having self control with food choices in everyday life.
As a believer, I know that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and that it is exercised as we choose to use it. The more we exercise something the stronger it becomes, but to the contrary the less we exercise it the weaker it becomes in us.
The world we live in does indicate that indulgence is something we should allow ourselves, after all we deserve it, right? As adults we don’t have anyone telling us to stop eating, or that we have had enough.
We believe having this freedom is a blessing, but should not be an excuse to have no boundaries in our lives. In the scripture 1 Corinthians 10:23 The Bible states all things are lawful but all things are not helpful. In other words just because we can do something does not mean we should!
Is it really a good thing to be able to have anything we want anytime we want it? It is as easy as getting in the car and going to the store to have an unlimited supply of any dessert or food our heart desires.This makes it much more difficult to exercise discipline.
Food can be a bondage like any other addiction, and can be every bit as harmful. 1 Corinthians 9:27 states “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
This has been an area of weakness for me at times and an area that I need prayer to have self control in my everyday life. I love to eat food that tastes good and sometimes have a really hard time stopping myself! We must realize Gluttony is a sin!
If you are still battling with this area of self control when it comes to food, you are not alone and the battle is real. It is a decision of the will and operating in self control when the food is in front of you.
It is simple to say I won’t over eat until the temptation is in front of you. Here are a few pointers to help you exercise self-control in a world of indulgence.
- Pray(this is the most helpful for me)
- Stand on scripture or a quote you can put in sight. example(Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Tell others your goals to help keep you accountable
- Keep the foods that tempt you the most out of the house.
- Keep the healthy foods stocked
- Drink plenty of water(sometimes you are really just thirsty when you eat)
- Stop and think, why am I eating? Am I really hungry? Bored?Stressed?
- Eat a salad or nutrient dense foods first and you may be satisfied.
To Your Health,