The devil loves for us to keep secrets… To hide out in the dark. Alone and afraid, embarrassed and ashamed. There are many different things that people try to hide, skeletons in the closet.
One of my favorite books is Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst. She talks about cravings that we have, and how God actually placed them there to draw us closer to Him. We often misplace those cravings and instead turn to food, drugs, shopping, pornography, and many other addictions. One thing that I have heard several women deal with is not only overeating, but eating in secret. We hide what we eat, ashamed of what others would think if they knew. But God wants to give us FREEDOM in this area, to be delivered from the bondage of overeating, binging, and the shame that it brings. He loves us too much to leave us there. There is no addiction too small or too “silly” to be prayed over and delivered from. Don’t let the thoughts that “it’s not that big of a deal” or “people deal with stuff way worse than me, I don’t want to bother them” get in the way of getting help and breaking free. That’s the devil trying to keep you from the freedom that only God can provide from addictions. Proverbs 23:20-21 states, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” God doesn’t want our thoughts to feel defeated.
If you are struggling in this area, no not be ashamed. Change your mindset. Use those cravings as prompts to pray. Romans 8:26 tells us, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
Use the desire to binge as an opportunity to reach out to someone for help. Not only will it help you physically to avoid the binge, but it will also help to build stronger relationships when you learn to trust others. There are support groups either in person or online forums. There are also Christian counselors who are specially trained in this area. And of course, there is always the “buddy system” of having someone to stay accountable to, whether it’s by sending a quick text of “Help, I’m about to eat foods that I know I shouldn’t” or calling for support. Do not hide behind this. God made you to be victorious, a warrior. We are favored and blessed beyond measure. You are more than your craving. You were made to be free.