Jesus Christ has set me free from gluttony and compulsive eating. Yes, yes, yes it is true! It is so very true! Though some people will find my story difficult, if not impossible to believe … nevertheless, it is the truth and time will prove the validity of my story. With my heart overflowing with gratitude to God for His grace in my life, I now share this very personal story with you.
On Wednesday, April 23rd I went to my bedroom for some “alone time with God”. I prayed for a few minutes and was about to get up and leave my room when suddenly God spoke to my heart a “very specific word” regarding His calling on my life. For several minutes I silently sat on the side of my bed … soaking up the awesomeness of the moment. Then in reverential fear to God, I stood to my feet and with my arms uplifted to God, I committed myself anew to completing His purpose … His assignment for my life. A few more minutes passed during which time I was aware in my innermost being of a ‘working’ by God’s Spirit. However, it wasn’t until later that I fully understood the ‘working’ God’s Spirit had done.
After I left my bedroom that day I noticed a dramatic change in my appetite. My desire for food was greatly diminished. And I no longer had a strong, overwhelming craving for chocolate and other sweets. Those who know me … know that for years I’ve been controlled by ‘sweets’ especially chocolate candies, honey buns and other sweet cakes. How bad was my addiction to sweets? A while back, in order to satisfy a strong craving for sweet cake … I retrieved and ate a green-iced cake my mother had discarded in the trash can.
Several more days passed before I realized God’s Spirit had “reset” my appetite to a “normal” setting. Yes, it is true. God’s Spirit “reset” my appetite to what it was four decades ago … before I’d perverted it through gluttonous overeating. And in His abundant grace, God also erased my prior cravings and lusts for chocolate and other sweets. Surprising? You betcha! Amazing? Not really. I serve an Amazing and All-Powerful God.
Now get this … what God did for me. He’ll do for you. Truly God’s grace is sufficient.
Following are some quotes from John Bevere’s best-selling book, “Extraordinary - The Life You’re Meant to Live”.
“Grace is not given because we are nice, or because we love God, or because we are sincere, or because we work hard in ministry, or because we honestly want to please God, or because we hang around the right people, or because of any number of things. All grace is contained within His Word, and His Word must be believed in order to activate, or access, the free gift of grace.”
“Grace is God’s empowering presence, which gives us the ability to live godly lives in the present and to do what is required to advance the kingdom. Grace gives us the power to go beyond our own ability. God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Once Paul realized this, he happily declared, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power [grace] may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
“It’s very sad that God’s grace has been reduced in so many Christian circles to mere ‘fire insurance.’ No! Grace is God’s free gift that forgives us, saves us, recreates us, and empowers us to live a holy life. It also enables us to advance the kingdom within by going beyond our own ability. Just as grace saves us from eternal death, it empowers us to live extraordinarily in all areas of life.”
“Grace, though it’s freely given, can be accessed only through faith, and we tap into its riches through believing.”
“ … ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!””—Zechariah 4:6-7 (NASB)
Debra Joy Wallace is an inspirational columnist and speaker.