It all Started in the Garden. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that is was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and age…” (Genesis 3:6) It looked good and she ate!
Satan always baits deception with a little bit of truth. He always tells you the short term pleasure, not the long term effect. We do the same today, if it looks good we eat it, without any thought to its consequences to our body. Eating for pleasure, not nutrition.
We know from the news that there is an obesity epidemic and the diet industry is a million dollar business, but we are still obese! How do we stop this? When we see the truth from God’s Word. Food is not the problem. Like Eve we have been given a free will to make choices for ourselves. You will find truths in this book that will set you free from satan’s bondages and bring health to your spirit, soul and body, the whole person!
Why Diets Don’t Work – Workbook & Study Guide
Body image and weight issues are two of the most overwhelming personal topics in our world today. We are flooded with information and advertising about weight and weight loss. We are educated people, so why does this problem continue to increase?
Information shows us the need for change, but the power to change comes from the One who created us.
Why Diets Don’t Work ‐ Food is Not the Problem goes to the core of the problem. Diets don’t work because you cannot fix a spiritual problem by natural means. The answer is in a person, Jesus. He paid the price for freedom in all areas of our lives.
This workbook is designed as a personal or group study guide to help you join the walk to honor God in Your Body!
Read the Introduction from Why Diets Don’t Work
“Unzipping” the truths of God’s Word to get to the core of
the matter, exposing the lies of the enemy!
This is not another diet plan, it is a battle plan!
“The devil wants you fat!” When I read those words it was like an explosion in my spirit. It was a light bulb moment that completely changed my thinking about the fight I had been waging for years. I had always known the devil used my fat, but I had not thought about the fact that the devil actually wanted me fat. I immediately recalled the scripture, “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV).
That’s what this battle has been all about. The devil has been trying to wipe me out through obesity that opens the door for him to steal, kill and destroy. Obesity puts people at a greater risk for life-threatening illness like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Weight related problems have overtaken smoking and are now the single most preventable cause of illness and death in the United States. It is a source of poor self-image, depression and condemnation—all of which rob us of the gifts and talents that God has given us for His purposes. How can this be?
The ‘diet’ industry is a multi-million dollar business that is flourishing. There is a new diet with another magical cure every day, and yet we get fatter and fatter. As Christians we have a tendency to classify sins. We look at the addiction to drugs, over-consumption of alcohol and pornography as sin, but we fail to grasp that the Bible has something to say about gluttony as well. Ezekiel 16:49 lists Sodom sins as “pride, gluttony and laziness” (NLT). All overconsumption in any form goes against Christian teaching. We have become a nation of over-consumers!
Food is necessary for our survival. The devil used food when he tempted Eve. It worked so well, why should we be surprised when he continues to get us to take one more bite until we are in bondage to the taste, not the need for food? After I saw the ‘light’ I began to seek the Lord diligently, asking Him to show me how to break the bondage that had become a disparaging part of my life. Throughout my life I have tried all the diets, been to all the programs and wasted thousands of dollars in the process. Of course, there was the wardrobe with four sizes as I went up and down the scale. Just like Eve, I thought a new dress would hide the sin. Since becoming “born again” I always had a deep desire to overcome this battle God’s way, but I couldn’t see the way. The “light bulb” hadn’t been turned on! Until we perceive things with our spiritual eyes and our understanding is enlightened, we will continue doing things the way the world does. “Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
When we are born again, conversion takes place in a moment but the transformation of the mind is an ongoing process as we grow in our ability to see and understand the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven. In order to change our lifestyle and daily choices, we must change the way we think.
To overcome any battle in life, we must understand ourselves and how we are created to function in this world as children of God. We must understand that God is a spirit, the devil is a spirit, and we have a spirit. We cannot fight this battle the world’s way. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). That is why we go up and down the scale. The devil has deceived us just like he did Eve. Until we understand this is a spiritual problem, we will continue on the roller coaster, endlessly fighting the battle of the bulge.
I know there are medical conditions that cause obesity. If this is your situation, please don’t feel condemned. As I said before, this book is not a diet plan, but a battle plan. It addresses the spiritual issues that keep us from walking in obedience. Please check with your physician before going on any kind of diet or exercise program.
Eating is a necessary part of our lives; we do it every day and we need to treat our bodies well. It is the only one we have, and it is a gift from God. Everyone eats, but our motives are different. Some people want to gain weight, others want to lose weight. Whatever your desire is, we must learn to depend on the Holy Spirit to help us in our time of need.
As you read this book, I pray that the Holy Spirit unzips the truth to you and gives you a ‘light-bulb’ moment and you will walk in the freedom that God has provided for you through Jesus Christ. As children of God, we should be the happiest people on earth! We are on our way to heaven and God has provided everything we need to be happy on this earth! Remember, you are not alone. You have a Helper, the Holy Spirit. Speaking to His disciples before leaving them, Jesus said in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away: for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” You, as a child of God, have an advantage over the world! All you have to do is ask!”
Joyce Tilney, Author of Why Diets Don’t Work and Founder of Women of God Ministries, is a wife, mother and grandmother.
Through her practical teaching and humor, women’s lives are changed as they understand their role and identity as a woman of God. Her open and candid teaching style shares personal experiences that impart hope and encouragement for your daily walk as you face the trials of life. She confronts the daily challenges [Read more…]
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