I am so excited, and honored, to have one of my new friends, Denise Marcello Manning write this guest post for me!
Does food have ungodly control over you?
It was a question that I already knew the answer to in regards to my own life, as I had personally struggled with an eating disorder for over two decades. While God has delivered me from this addiction, I never fully understood why I gravitated to food in the first place.
And, why at times, I still do.
I still experience those times where I turn to food for comfort. When the old, addictive behavior resurfaces, I find myself drawn to sugary, fattening foods to make myself feel better on the inside. There have also been times in my life that I have restricted my food intake to satisfy my inner desire to be thin, or to look and feel better about myself.
The book, Full – Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction, by Aseritah Ciuciu, put this struggle into perspective for me with these words:
“We can’t solve a spiritual problem with a physical solution.”
As a fitness coach, I can give a client a healthy meal plan, but God helped me to recognize that proper nutrition alone can’t solve the underlying problem – why are we eating the way that we do?
Whether we find ourselves in the throes of food addiction or food fixation, neither can ever bring the satisfaction we truly crave. Have you ever found yourself completely consumed by food, only to realize that it never solves your problem, but leaves you feeling ashamed, empty and utterly alone?
In Full – Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction, the author writes, “When we eat and eat and eat, unaware of what’s going into our mouths, unable to taste, enjoy, or relish the food but just stuffing down one mouthful after another until it makes us sick – that’s being enslaved to our appetites.” When I read those words, my eyes filled with tears. This explained my lifelong relationship with food! 2 Peter 2:19 says, “People are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” Unbeknownst to me, I had become enslaved to food. It may not be what society calls “addictive” (like drugs and alcohol), but I promise you that Satan can use food as a stronghold in our lives.
There is only one way to be truly sated. Did you know that we are designed to crave God? God invites us to join Him at the table of eternal satisfaction. Isaiah 55:1-2 says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” The bible uses the example of food in this verse to describe the fullness that only God can provide. How exciting that God offers us the “richest of food and drink” through intimacy with Him, and wants us to come and “eat” until we are fully satisfied!
Instead of picking up a fork or spoon the next time you seek comfort, I pray that you will ask God, through his Living Word (and possibly this book!) to show you the pathway to everlasting satisfaction. He is our daily bread, and all that we will ever need!
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Author: Denise Marcello Manning
Follower of Christ, Certified in Nutrition and Fitness, Virtual Spiritual & Physical Fitness Coach and actively involved in women’s ministries. Married with three dogs, loving the outdoors and enjoying log cabin living in upstate New York. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives me strength. Motto: Step out in faith!