First of all, understand you are not in this alone. Jesus understands the pressures you face and He desires to help you. Hebrews 4:15 says, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.”
The Apostle Paul understood the frustrations of trying to control the flesh. Romans 7:22-23 says, “I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.”
This verse might sound hopeless. But it isn’t. Paul found the answer to his dilemma! Romans 8:1-2 says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
With God’s help you can be delivered from overeating, and you can walk after the spirit and not after your fleshly desires!
Remember, a Christian is a born-again spirit who has a soul (mind, will and emotions) and who lives in a body. Our spirit man is always strong. The trouble begins when we allow our mind (soul) to dwell on wrong thoughts and when we allow ourselves to remain in compromising positions. That’s when our fleshly desires will give way to sin.
This is why 2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” Notice the Bible says to run from, or flee, those things that tempt us. A major step to walking in victory is to, whenever possible, stay away from situations, places and people that tempt you to overeat.
Develop your appetite for God’s Word. As you take time every day to fill your mind with the Word of God, you will find that it is being washed by God’s Word and the thoughts and cravings will become easier to resist. Always remember that God’s grace is available to help you.
If you fall, don’t run from God—run to Him. You can repent by saying a prayer from your heart like the following. “Father, I sinned against You and right now I choose to turn away from that sin and leave it behind me. I receive cleansing from all sin by the blood of Jesus. I receive Your empowerment to live a holy life right now, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!”