The Supernatural Danger of Binge Eating

Desperation

I received an email from a lady from the TBYT website just the other day who said that when she binge eats, her mind just goes blank. Have you ever had that experience?

I have.

But I just made an interesting connection between mindless eating, the blankness she described, and Eastern meditation. It chilled me.

When you meditate the Eastern way, they tell you to empty your mind. The reason, they say, is that it relaxes your body and calms your mind.

Now that I look back on it, my binge eating was a form of meditation but it was the Eastern kind not the Biblical kind.

My mind was blank while my hands seems to operate all on their own, picking up the fork, spoon, knife, box, bag…seemingly without me being involved.

I realize what I am about to ask is controversial and you’ll likely be uncomfortable in considering it: Could emptying your mind in this way open you up to demonic influence? I think it can.

In the story of the Unclean Spirit that Jesus told (see Matthew 12:43-45), He talked about an unclean spirit being cast out of a man, but deciding to return.

When the unclean spirit returned, he found the house empty, swept, and put in order. Not only did the spirit come back, but he brought seven other wicked spirits with him!

While I do not believe a disciple of Jesus Christ can be demonically possessed because the Holy Spirit seals us for the day of redemption (see Ephesians 4:30), I do believe that we can be susceptible to the enemy’s influence through our flesh and an un-renewed mind.

I believe there is a spirit of gluttony who “feeds” off the pleasure of food indulgence and grows stronger as we engage in that behavior.

In every instance of Biblical mediation, we are told to meditate ON or IN something. We are never told to be “blank minded” or “mind less (without mind)”

On the contrary; we are told that we have the mind of Christ and I know Jesus was not empty headed!

So if bingeing remains a problem for you, then I ask you to focus on filling your mind during those moments of temptation. Renounce the spirit of gluttony in the name of Jesus.

Resist the urge/habit to empty out your mind or go blank. Stay in the present and focus on what you are doing. Meditate on Godly things and fill yourself with the breath He has given you. In that way, your house is not empty.

Here is an exhortation from the apostle Paul to Timothy and I think it is good advice for us all:

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit,in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all (1 Timothy 4:12-15).”

Be Blessed in Health, Healing, and Wholeness!

Kimberly Taylor

Take Back Your Temple
www.takebackyourtemple.com

P.S. Have you ever felt this way?

“I am afraid when I quit eating to numb myself, I will experience the full harshness of reality and it will be too overpowering…”

A TBYT reader wrote that and I related. That’s exactly how I felt when I practiced binge eating behavior! But through God’s power, I was able to overcome my fear and live in freedom.

If emotional and binge eating is ruining your weight loss efforts, then I’ve got great news for you. I just published my brand new ‘How to Stop Binge Eating‘ online course on Udemy. Over 900 students have enrolled in the class and the average rating is 4.7 out of 5.0. It’s rich with video, downloadable audio, and interactive activities.

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Click here to learn more about How to Stop Binge Eating

 

  • Carrie-Esther says:

    Thank you for writing The Supernatural Danger of Binge Eating. Thank you for bringing up clearing mind and demonic influence. Topics that need Christian reinforcing with truth.

    I am so grateful to discover you Kimberly Taylor and as long as I remain teachable, I enjoy you as the teacher.

    Appreciatively,
    Carrie-Esther

  • Betty Jo says:

    Hi Kimberly,

    I found your blog, and webpage by searching for Healthy Christian Blogs; not very many of them out there really. I’m in the process of changing my blog over to a healthy food blog while sharing my faith in Jesus; not many of those out there either. Or at least I haven’t discovered them yet.

    I’ve been reading here at your blog for the past while and I find it very informative and Christ centered. I’m so glad to meet another of my beautiful sister’s in Christ.

    I became ill the first year, of seventeen, my husband and I spent serving as missionaries with Operation Mobilization. It’s been a long hard difficult road but it has also drawn me closer to Jesus too, as I’ve had no choice but to depend on Him daily. Which of course, is exactly what he wants from us anyways.

    I just signed up for your newsletter, will be exploring more of your awesome posts, and looking forward to future ones. I’m in the process of packing for a physical move, so will be closing my own blog in a week or so, but will be back in action early April.

    Wrapped with you in Jesus!

    • Praise God you found TBYT, Betty Jo! Thank you for your kind words about the blog…you are right, there aren’t many Christian Health blogs but those of us out here are passionate about seeing God’s people well. Looking forward to have you joining our numbers 🙂

  • Audrey says:

    You are absolutely right. Binge eating brings about a mental state of blankness. It almost takes place in a trance state or “automatic pilot” and in that state we are certainly vulnerable to spirit attack. This is one of the reasons it is so difficult to shift as a habit, each time we blank out and binge, more spirits come to join the ones already present. And if the condition develops into an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, it is even more difficult to shift as the demonic spirits have really taken up residence by this time and only strong deliverance prayer can get them out. Praise God for Jesus!

  • Jan Guitard says:

    Thank you Kimberly for TBYT. I especially want to thank you for “connecting the dots” between binge eating and mindless eating and unclean spirits. It certainly answers the questions of why I binge and why I can’t stop it by myself. This battle belongs to the Lord and I will use His weapons (His Word, repentance and forgiveness) against it. This gives me hope that I can live in freedom from habitual bingeing. God bless and thank you.

  • L G Craft says:

    I have always believed that the temple stands in the middle of a battle field. The enemy will try to get to your stronghold through whatever weakness you might have. This is why we need to put on the full armor of God And stand fast for the days are evil. I completely agree and since I work with youth, it is very heartbreaking to see.

  • Amy Hagerup says:

    HI Kimberly, I think you really have something here. We must be diligent to keep our mind centered on Christ. I just wrote a blogpost about the importance of our thinking too. Blessings, Amy

  • Ashley says:

    Thinking of binge eating in terms of spiritual warfare makes so much sense to me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jan Emery says:

    I never really thought of it as mindless binging. Yet I have always know I could not binge eat things I knew were not good for me and be in Gods word, close to God at the same time. It has always what brought me back to the alter. Praying for Gods help. When the binge was over I would feel so alone, guilty and like I had failed God again. Yes it is mindless eating. I would love reading magazines about some new diet or watching tv while eating junk food but never actually thinking about the food. Except maybe toward the end to just get rid of it eat it all so it would be gone. After 4 months of success I recently did this with healthy salt free nuts. Which mount up the calories. I did not read Gods word or your posts for two days, felt guilty! Confessed and asked Gods forgivness. Then read your email tonight on this subject. Isn’t God good. Thank you Kimberly

  • Alison says:

    I identify with this! I have often wondered, “what just happened to me?”! Thank you for sharing this.

  • Barbara Morey Drake says:

    Kimberly, all you have said has meant so much to me! “Thanks, ” for all you do for us! I’m going to give it my all to lose weight! I know we have to overcome temptations and binging! I will keep my temple pure, healthy and sacred! I want to appreciate the temple God has given me! Your an inspiration to us all, Kimberly! I’ll let you know how it’s going with my weight loss! I weigh 166 lbs. and should weigh between 115lbs. to 120 lbs. I’ll lose the weight I have faith! Love you, Kimberly! Barbara

  • Melissa says:

    Hey Kim,

    A few days ago I started the How to Stop Binge Eating course on Udemy. It’s really put a fire in my belly to really change my binge eating behavior and not just my waist line.

    After having a stressful morning today I was so ready to head for the fridge! I jumped on the TBYT site and found the scripture in James that says, “To him that knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin!” That helped me out of a hairy situation!

    Then after reading this post I realized that a blank mind or a mind at “peace” was exactly what I was trying to achieve by binging. But instead put my focus back on God and I’m now about to sit down to have a healthy meal.

    Thank you so much for your inspiration and your faith in me that I CAN change! Blessings to you!

  • To God be the glory great things he has done.
    I have recently endured a trying time with commodities. As a consequence cannot participate in my usual activities including attending university. This has been the case for just over six months. Consequently I have realised I have been eating excessively and have increased my dress size to three sizes bigger that when this ill health commenced.

    In truth it occurred to me that i have developed an unhealthy life style and every Monday I promise myself to break this bad habit of unnecessary eating.

    It is now clear to me that the devil is seeking a stronghold to destroy me. But i rebuke this force of evil inn the name that sits above every name, Jesus.

    Kim, I was not seeking you, but I thank God for you. God enable the crossing of our paths in this manner, that you could enlighten me to some truth. I have no doubt there is substance in your theory.

    The bible tells us that ‘we fight not against flesh and blood’. In the midst of this eating regime that i have adopted, I can now discern it is a spiritual battle.
    Tonight, tonight i am calling on El Gibbor the Mighty God for complete deliverance in the name of Jesus.

    This battle is not mine, it belongs to the Lord.

    Kim I pray that you will remain available in your employment to God so that he can bless you to be a blessing to others.

    • Praise God, Melvina – take one day at a time. You will have ups and downs but God will keep you stable and on the right path as you submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading. You are not alone!

  • Anita says:

    WoW!!! Have I said that in a comment before? I don’t know what else to see. Woman, your wisdom leaves me awed. This is another one that really hits home for me. I don’t comment on every article of yours that I read, but with every one, the Lord uses you to speak to me. Thank you for your obedience to Him and for sharing your insight and wisdom. ♥Anita

  • Alisha says:

    I am so glad I found this website! Thank you for your words and work! It’s a prayer answered!

  • Chloe says:

    This is completely accurate. Satan was using this to keep me in confusion about my identity in Christ- to stifle me from using my brain, heart, and courage to move forward in my life and believe in my identity through traumas and persecution.

    The problem is that this issue has recently come back. I had been completely delivered of all demons and was praising the Lord God when He told me to go find my fiance- who I had hurt when confronted with these traumas- and bring him to church to receive Him and be restored. My fiance was right where God said he would be, but he didn’t come. He is now in a root of bitterness- which caused all my own traumas- and won’t let me apologize or talk to him.

    I’ve taken it all to the Lord and surrendered everything but He just tells me He weeps for the situation and so I feel sad and have started to eat again- knowing it makes me sick- to stifle myself. I have already been so strong in the fight of faith- I have been a prayer warrior- and I know God wants me to reach my fiance, but now I am being met with this persecution. The whole story is so intense that I’ve lost my friends, I don’t have family, and my fiance was the only person who stood by me, loving me as Christ would, through sickness, near-death, rape, abuse in the workplace, etc etc. Lord, will you please set things straight!!!!! Will you give me the courage to approach my fiance again if it is Your will, so that I do not let satan stifle my brain, heart, and courage in You with helplessness and blankness- so that I am not confused.

    • Hi Chloe – I am praying for you. The Lord is not the author of confusion so you know the confusion is not coming from Him. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

      The enemy is attacking you BECAUSE you are a prayer warrior. If you weren’t a threat, he wouldn’t bother. That is why the scripture says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      When you act out of character with binge eating, you are opening a door for the enemy to come in and steal from you. You are opening the door for him to get you out of your purpose in the Lord. Only you can decide to close that door.

      “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 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 (Romans 8:37-39).”

      Now about your fiance’. Please give space for the Lord to work on him. You say he is hurt. He needs healing from that hurt. You cannot heal him. Only God can. So please focus on getting rooted and grounded in God’s love again yourself and let the Lord do His work with your fiance’. His healing will start with Him deciding to have/renew a personal relationship with Jesus. That is his decision alone and you can’t rush that process or make that decision for him.

      God bless you, Sister!

  • Peggy says:

    Kimberly, I have to print this out and re-read it more than once. When I was a young woman, not knowing the danger, I was attracted to New Age, thinking that it might help me move closer to my God, I joined a small “rebirthing” new age group. All the time I was trying to practice the method, I was blocked and frustrated, thanks to God’s mercy and my praying against anything that might not be of him. I had prayed before joining and God seemed to give me a sense of peace, but one day he told me clearly that he wanted me to leave.
    It was hard because I had no other “fellowship.” But I knew I had to obey and so told the leader I had to leave. When I left and got into my car, God suddenly opened my eyes. One of the things they said that confused me was that we were God. I saw clearly that it was the same temptation that Adam and Eve had in the garden. And God let me feel the actual temptation. Would I choose to “be God” in my life, or would I choose to submit to God?
    It wasn’t a real temptation because there was no question in my mind. There was and could be nothing worse in life than losing our God. But my attraction to new age and anything that hinted at it was shattered for good.
    I repented and came against any powers of darkness that might have taken advantage of that time. And I have tried coming against the spirit of gluttony recently. I have given in too easily and too often and the stronghold has become very strong. But I do know that in the end we will be more than conquerors.
    I really feel as though I’m going it alone and need help, and your messages are helpful, but I’m praying for the right person to come alongside me. I sense that this message is important and, as I said, will reread it more than once since my brain feels a little foggy when I read it.

  • Rose says:

    God bless you Kimberly for your articles. Thank God for the insight He has given you to help us. I know the Holy Spirit led me to your site to help me by His grace. Thank you for being so open and honest with your experiences. Glad someone is talking about it.

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