Your Surprising Secret to Overcoming Addiction’s Agonizing Grasp

by | Feb 28, 2019 | Woman

This message is not for those who are comfortable in the rutted habits they find themselves in. It’s not for those who think they have everything figured out and don’t need any help. This message is for people who are desperate for God to set them free from bondage to sugar and food addiction.

It’s for You

It’s for those of you who have tried every diet, every program, every plan, every supposedly magic trick known to man and woman and still can’t say no to the foods that are killing you the more you over indulge in them.

It’s for those of you who have lost weight and gained it back plus more. It’s for those of you who no matter what you do, can’t lose more than a few pounds but have 100 or more to lose. It’s for you who are disgusted with yourselves. It’s even for you who are still in denial that you can ever lose the weight.

It’s for you who know God is the answer, but you can’t figure out how to find the key to let Him into your food life. It’s for you who really want to taste and see that the Lord is good but just can’t figure out how that works when all you do is eat whatever you want, whenever you want and however much you want.

Desperate for Transformation

It’s for those of you who are desperate for transformation, but you don’t want to change. You are in a habit loop that has become so ingrained that you have no idea how to begin to change. Still, you want so badly to lay down the weight that has so easily entangled you, but you don’t want to give up the foods you love more than life.

You want something to happen to make you change overnight without going through what you are sure will be an agonizing process of having the foods you love torn from your hands as you hang on for dear life.

I want you to know: I have been where you are. I was so trapped inside the 430 pounds of flesh that had become my body that I didn’t even know if the real me was still in there. And if it was still there, was it worth anything at all to God?

I Surrender Some

For years, I clung to being the ruler of my own life. However, God asks us to allow Him to be the King of our hearts. We sing, “I Surrender All,” but what our lives say is “I surrender almost everything except the comfort foods I love. Those are mine. Everything else is Yours, Jesus.” With Jesus, though, it’s all or nothing.

When God finally got hold of me and helped me understand that I am a sugar addict, I surrendered everything to Him. After I did that, I sought out a coach and a group to help me understand how to walk this journey. Along the way, I lost 250 pounds.

My core truth for my transformation journey comes from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 AMP. I’ve chosen the portions that speak the loudest to me. “God said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you … for [My] power is … completed and shows itself most effectively in your weakness.’ Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me]. … for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].”

Allowing God to be at the helm, it was far from an agonizing process. Once I surrendered to Him, losing 250 pounds was the easiest hard thing I’ve ever done. It can be the same for you. {eoa}

Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, Christian weight loss coach, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor, Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off with God’s Help and Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation. Get a free chapter of all her books, plus many other free resources on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

This article originally appeared at teresashieldsparker.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Chris Reed's Prophetic Word Over China: Unprecedented mass protests are unfolding right now across China. The country is seeing the largest pushback in decades, following their "zero COVID strategy" still in place today. China's Communist Party has continued to...

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Read Time: 1 Minute 23 Seconds It’s a shocking statistic! More than 80 and up to 90% of children who grow up in church are leaving the church once they reach 18. Sadly, only 40% return, according to Focus on the Family. I believe, with prayer, we can defy those...

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Isaiah 11:1-10 And there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the...

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Read Time: 2 Minutes 2 Seconds Have you ever broken a bone? If so, you know what it’s like to go through a painful healing process. Consider what that might feel like in the spiritual realm. Sometimes we can get broken in various ways in life, but God wants to “set”...

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

Read Time: 1 Minute 59 Seconds Bishop J. Drew Sheard and the General Board of the Eastern Florida Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ announced Tuesday the death of one of its most beloved leaders, Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Hutchins was 65....

RECENT ARTICLES

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

They are saying the charismatic movement is divisive. Whenever people get involved in the "new emphasis," there are disruptions in the status quo. Red flags go up. Lines are drawn. I would ask: What...
Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Read Time: 6 Minutes, 42 Seconds Is it possible that ancient entities known as "the gods" have returned to our world? Could these gods actually be the unseen movers and catalysts of what's happening in America and the world today? Could they lie behind the current...

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Read Time: 3 Minutes 37 Seconds Most made-for-TV Christmas movies are like eggnog and sugar cookies—way too sweet, yet extremely addictive for a lot of viewers. But these Hallmark-style movies—the ones with predictable love stories that always end with jingling bells...

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Read Time: 1 Minute 51 Seconds At a recent gathering where a member was struggling, I heard and declared by the Spirit of the Lord, “Goodness is following you, TURN and see; embrace His goodness in this moment and watch the shift!” There was an immediate shift and...

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Read Time: 2 Minutes 25 Seconds If you search the phrase, “where does life come from?” the first explanation reads: “The origin of life is a result of a supernatural event—and readily arises from nonliving matter in short periods of time, today as in the past.” The...

Raise Your Praise!

Raise Your Praise!

These are the days that may leave you feeling defeated. You may be wondering when these present trials will end or how can you strengthen your faith for the battle as you wrestle against powers and principalities that come against you, in addition to the challenges...

Pin It on Pinterest