Indulgence, which often becomes overindulgence, is a problem for a lot of us. In America, everything is so readily available and easily accessible to us. One of the most common types of indulgence is over-eating. Obesity has become so prevalent that it is referred to as an epidemic and has been named a medical condition. For some people, obesity is out of their control for medical reasons. But for most of us, it is usually a matter of self-control. Our culture does not demand self-control because it is centered around desire and self-gratification—just do whatever feels good (Phil. 3:18-20).
For Christians, however, life is not governed solely by our wants and desires. For us, everything is spiritual, including eating.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
(2 Timothy 1:7)
Every believer is in possession of these Spirit-given qualities. He has given us power to overcome obstacles and live in victory. This Greek word for power is δύναμις [dunamis /doo·nam·is/], which is mostly used in conjunction with Jesus’ glory and the performing of miracles. We get to tap into this same awesome power!
Also, He has given us love to motivate and inspire us. The word for love in this verse means to prefer something over another thing. We ought to prefer health and good quality of living more than the pleasures that come from eating. Both of these, power and love, lead to self-control.
You have the power to take control of your life and break your bad eating habits. It takes time and determination, but not to try would be to give in to weakness and temptation. You do not have to believe the lies of this world that say that you will be satisfied by just doing what feels good for you. Over-indulgence may feel good for a moment, but it does not leave any lasting impression other than insecurity and bad health. Only Jesus can truly satisfy your heart, and He gives you the power to take control of your life and habits (John 4:13-14).
Throughout the Bible, story after story shows us that self-control is integral to the holistic spiritual life of the believer. Will you go deeper in your faith by claiming your Spirit-given power of self-control?
I am in control of myself and will not over-indulge. (Driving Reflections—Weight-Loss and Self-Care)