Scriptures for Resisting Behaviors

Could you use some help in warding off a binge, resisting restricting your food intake or stopping yourself from over-exercising? Does resisting eating disorder behaviors seem impossible sometimes? The good news is that divine help is available. God wants you to be free of your eating disorder, so you can go to His Word for help in resisting behaviors.

If you are hesitant to ask God for help because of the guilt and shame you feel over the behaviors you practice, please don’t let that stop you. Your not asking for His help is not going to stop Him from knowing about your behaviors. And remember that He is on your side. He wants you to be closer to Him, and He also wants to help set you free of your eating disorder.

Remember that even though Jesus was God, He was also man. Therefore, He understands what it’s like to be tempted, so He knows how you feel. Hebrews 2:18 says, Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. In other words, since He has been there Himself in one form or another, He knows how to help you.

Later in the book of Hebrews, specifically in Hebrews 4:15, we read, For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. He understands our vulnerabilities because He knows us and because He has felt temptation just like we have. What better person to help us than one who felt just as we have and yet didn’t give into the temptation!

Whatever the behavior is, know that you can go to the Lord to ask for His help in resisting it. He knows how to help you, so why not let Him? Why deprive yourself of the power to say no to what hurts you? He loves you, and He understands you. Cling to that and asked for His help in resisting behaviors.