Temptation often strikes suddenly and full force. When overcoming binge eating I had to constantly put myself on alert to the emotional urges and temptations to binge. Let’s face it. Sometimes even knowing that emotionally overeating in such an out of control way only leads to heartache won’t put the brakes on those “must get alone and eat eat eat eat eat” thoughts.
Once it enters the thoughts, it’s a dangerous and slippery slope cascading right down into action…then guilt, sadness, depression, anger, and other harmful emotions. I often get questions about what exactly I would do in those situations to help myself turn away from the desire. I know others may have different beliefs but I always have to be honest – my faith played a big role. I would turn to prayer and would use Bible verses relating to temptation to keep moving forward. To this day I still use these Bible verses often because I don’t think the pull of turning to food for comfort ever completely disappears. Hopefully this post will help even one person to find a positive way to refocus those thoughts and take steps towards the life of joy and freedom God brings…instead of the stronghold I know as binge/emotional eating.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and weakness, but one of power, love, and self-control.
- 2 Timothy 1:7
MESSAGE: I CAN do this.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
- Proverbs 18:10
MESSAGE: I have protection. I am covered. I am safe. The enemy cannot get me.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
MESSAGE: I don’t have to be strong enough. I have help.
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
- Matthew 26:41
MESSAGE: It isn’t ME that is doing these harmful things. I am a new creation in Christ. This is NOT WHO I AM.
The temptations in your life are no different than what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
MESSAGE: Others have come before me and succeeded, so I can too. God loves me and will help.
Do you have any verses or other sayings you use in similar situations? What helps you when facing a strong mental battle?