God’s Appetite Suppressant

Girl Eating Food

 

Are you suffering from an out-of-control appetite? You’re about to get a prescription for a biblical appetite suppressant! God revealed it to me in bible study this week. While I was familiar with the scripture, God revealed something in it that I’ve never seen before.

 

The scripture is Proverbs 23:1-3:

“When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

Consider carefully what is before you;

And put a knife to your throat

If you are a man given to appetite.

Do not desire his delicacies,

For they are deceptive food.”

 

It was the phrase “given to appetite” that caught my attention. A question popped into my mind: “What is the difference between hunger and appetite?” You need to understand this so you’ll know why and how the prescription works.

According to the definition, hunger is the stomach’s feeling of discomfort caused by a lack of food intake. However, appetite is a strong desire or liking for something, usually food or drink.

Appetite is a God-given gift when used the way He intended: to satisfy the body’s need for food.

However, your appetite is out of control if you are eating often when your body is not physically hungry. You can find yourself eating whenever the opportunity presents itself, such as from emotional hunger, boredom, or simply because the food is there!

Your appetite becomes the equivalent of an undisciplined, spoiled child who throws a tantrum when it doesn’t get its way.

If you are suffering from an out-of-control appetite, what can you do about it? Think about the phrase “man given to appetite.” When you give something away, you do it voluntarily. You make a choice.

Ask yourself: If you are giving yourself away to appetite, then what are you losing? You see, it takes time to practice overeating or binge-eating behaviors. When you give yourself away to your appetite, are you taking away from:

 

  • Your relationship with God
  • Your family or friends
  • Fulfilling your destiny
  • Pursuing a cherished dream
  • Receiving joy from using your talents and gifts

 

You cannot serve two masters (see Matthew 6:24). What if you instead gave yourself away to God instead of giving yourself away to appetite?

If you want to do this, the appetite suppressant in Proverbs says to put a “knife to your throat.” It is obvious God takes this issue seriously because that is a strong image! Obviously this is not literal, but here’s what it means.

If someone puts a knife to your throat, they will have your full attention, won’t they? Not only that, but you’ll do what they say! The command is to focus your attention so that you can exercise self control when your appetite throws a tantrum.

The problem is that many of us, from habit, are used to going unconscious when a thought to eat comes to mind. We’ll give ourselves away to the food by placing large portions before ourselves that our body doesn’t need, by returning to the kitchen automatically even though our stomach is already full, or if we are feeling emotional unsettled, we’ll give ourselves away to food instead of giving ourselves away to God at that moment.

James 4:6-7 says that it takes humility to obey God’s will. It also takes His grace: “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:  ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Here are the 5 steps to take back control of your appetite:

1. Make a declaration at the beginning of your day, saying “God, I’m giving myself to You today, not to my appetite.” Decide in your heart that you are presenting your body to God (which belongs to Him anyway) for His purpose. Visualize giving yourself away to God as a gift easily and joyfully.

Romans 12:1 encourages you: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”

2.  Since desire drives the appetite, declare to God in prayer that you want your desires to become His desires. Ask Him to change your desires into Godly ones this day.

3. Declare to God in prayer that you believe His word in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

4. When your appetite tempts you to eat when your body is not hungry, re-affirm your decision to give yourself away to God. Pray to Him, saying that you expect to see an escape route according to His word and that you will wait to see the escape route that He provides. Then, you will take action on that.

In the meantime, start doing something that captures your attention. The mind cannot hold two thoughts at exactly the same time. So I recommend creating a list of 100 things that you want or need to do. A good place to start are those things you’ve been procrastinating on. Look at the list, pick out a task, and start working on it. Give your full attention to it and strive to do your best.

If you do this, then you’ll learn that purposeful action can captivate you as much as eating used to!

5. Thank God at the end of the day for helping you to control your appetite as His word says. You will feel great when you see that it is possible to control your appetite! God will give you the grace and strength to do it each day. So praise Him.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things…”

Take one day at a time, one moment at a time even as needed. As you give yourself away to God rather than your appetite, you will experience increased peace and joy in your life – the blessing that comes from right thinking and right living!

 

Be blessed in Health, Healing, and Wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Take Back Your Temple
www.takebackyourtemple.com

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  • Kim says:

    I have been suffering from another type of eating disorder for years now. For the past year I have only eaten rice and drank instant breakfasts. I have lost a lot of weight and am very weak and malnourished. I can’t find help because I have no medical insurance. I’m afraid I am going to die. Any suggestions for me ?

  • Joanna Simpson says:

    Thank you for the article. Powerful! I have not thought about it being an issue of serving two masters. God really spoke to me this your article! God had shown me that I was selling my “birth-right” for a bowl of soup because of my eating issues. And this article filled in some of the missing pieces to what God wants me to do & how to do it. Thank you for the encouragement!!! Blessings to you and your ministry

  • Sara says:

    Thanks Kimberly for share this with us God bless you and your ministry!

  • deidre says:

    I found your site today, and thank the Lord for guiding me here. I am overweight and have been trying (in vain) to lose weight and change my lifestyle for the past 5 years in my own strength. I now realise I can do nothing without God! Thank you for the pivotal role you play in guiding people like me to the Lord. God bless you.

  • nik says:

    Wow, I am arrested reading this. I know God’s purpose, calling for me requires me to give of my body for His glory – using movement & the knowledge of health & image I’ve gained through school & life. I’ve struggled for years with food, I thank God for you & what He’s revealed to me through your writing.
    God bless you & your ministry

  • Candy says:

    Ahh… dear sister! Again you have encouraged me.

    After being freed from sugar addiction by your wise councel, I was able to fast for 40 days for the first time ever, and it was easy. I did it for spiritual gain, but the weight loss was the better outcome.

    Unfortunately, I found myself ‘mindlessly eating’ after the fact. Distraught, I have been seeking help from the Lord, and He has led me back to you.

    I googled ‘Bible appetite’ and here we are ‘coincidentally’, again. 🙂
    But you and I both know it’s no coincidence – it’s another little miracle where God is working through you.

    I have often repeated the scripture to myself over the years “If you are given to GLUTTONY, hold a knife to your throat.” (this is the word used in the TNIV) but I didn’t mine the pearls of wisdom from it as you have.

    The root word that the word gluttony comes from means ‘to gulp’… and here I am being releaved of my ‘gulping’ of food…. and ALSO… my ‘gulping’ of scripture itself.

    “Slow down, Candy. Chew your food – and you will find that it is nourishment to your bones.” Is the lesson God is teaching me on physical and spiritual levels through you.

    With love in Christ,
    your sister, Candy.

  • Hi ive been struggling with issues with smoking heavy and drinking cokes most of my life I do take a antipsychotic medication called redperdone 40% of mentally ill patients in the world smoke due to mental pressure but have taken things to help me quit but sometimes seem to go back to it and my sister has a severe loss off appite for 4 years now and feel like she is getting sicker and also my faith has failed a lot and feel like I pray and God does not hear me and cry daily because feeling that I caused a lot of pain to my family and friends because of my smoking and hurt my body and also afraid of dying one day of lung cancer at an early age what can I do to help my family and to not feel regret all the time and to restore my relationship with Jesus I want to do the things I use to when I first gave my life to jesus how can someone go back and show sincere sorrow for what they did and not go back to it thankyou for takimg my request

    • Hi Marla – my husband Mike and I have prayed for you. Do me a favor. Watch this video first because I believe it will show you how special you are to God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QCkBL2DfVg

      After you watch the video, read the following scriptures out loud:

      * 1 John 5:14-16 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

      So your feeling that God does not hear you is a lie. You are praying for the restoration of your relationship with God through Jesus and healing for your sister. Both of these are requests that are according to God’s will so he hears them:

      * Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

      God loves you and as you draw near to Him, He draws near to you. He never leaves you nor forsakes you.

      * Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”

      God also did not give you a spirit of fear:

      * 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

      God gave you power, love, and a sound mind. It is up to you to renew your mind to this truth. I believe God is bringing restoration to you so that you can sound the alarm (Marla) to those you love, encouraging them to come to know the love of Christ for themselves!

      Here is an article I wrote about how to walk in health. I pray it ministers to you: https://takebackyourtemple.com/7-rules-of-christian-health/

      May you walk in the blessings you already have in Christ!

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