During our first week together, we made some assessments about ourselves. To review the materials from week 1, read the Content page from Releasing Control.
As the classes are coming to an end, we chose to spend some time this week reviewing those initial assessments and reflecting on the present. Who was I at the start of this journey? What has happened on this journey? Where am I today?
As you remember where you have been, you will be able to see how God has been working in your life… and where you may be heading for your future!
FEELINGS ABOUT ED
During our first week together we addressed the topic of Releasing Control. During that time we each made an assessment concerning our feelings toward our own eating disorder. We assessed our feelings using this Feelings Pie Chart. From a grouping of feelings, we divided the chart into percentages, indicating how much of our life was consumed by each feeling in regards to the eating disorder.
Take this time to review your pie chart from the 1st week.
Now make a new chart, reflecting your feelings about your eating disorder 12 weeks later.
How is this pie chart different from your chart in week 1?
When you decided to engage on this journey to recovery, what questions did you have?
For instance: Will I ever find healing? Why do I struggle over and over with the same thing? How could God still love me? Forgive me? What will happen if I truly let go?
Looking back on your questions at the beginning of this process, how has God answered your questions? If you are still waiting for an answer, what are you learning while you wait?
12 weeks of hard work. 12 weeks of uncovering the lies of the eating disorder. 12 weeks of embracing God's truth for you.
Now it's time to trust God with recovery of your mind and actions.
RECOVERY OF MIND
Your mind is the battlefield in the fight towards recovery from an eating disorder. Proverbs 23:7 says, "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…" What fills your mind, turns into action. If you can't control your thoughts then you will be unable to control your actions. The battle starts in your mind!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 states, "the weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, you have the full knowledge that there is a "fight" going on. This fight is happening in your thoughts. Satan attacks your mind with arguments (or other translations read theories and reasonings). The enemy desires to set up strongholds in your mind so that you are held in bondage to wrong ways of thinking about yourself, food, etc.
In order to change your way of thinking, you must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In other words, start thinking about what you are thinking about! As you give every thought to Christ, He will renew your mind. Romans 12:2 says that you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You must be intentional to think about what you are thinking about if you want to change your thoughts. A mind that is being transformed and renewed is set on the things of Philippians 4:8… "whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy" – think about these things!
As you think on these things, your mind will be renewed! This chart from Elyse Fitzpatrick will help you to understand and ask questions of yourself about thinking right thoughts, Think on These Things
RECOVERY IN ACTION
As you renew your mind with right thoughts, right actions will follow. Right actions include living in freedom from addiction to an eating disorder. In James 1:22 we are instructed to not merely hear the words of God, but do what it says.
Time for action!
A person who is recovery minded will ask these hard questions about their eating and drinking in order to glorify God in it, Disciplined Eating Questions (from Elyse Fitzpatrick in Love to Eat, Hate to Eat). A person who is recovery minded will also take action in these areas, The Perfect Recovery Minded Person.
The last paragraph about The Perfect Recovery Minded Person stated, "you've spent all this time obsessing about food, weight, and eating disorder behaviors – but there's a person inside who is wonderful, and not so apt to waste their life being concerned about food, weight, how-to, why-to, etc. Who is that person? What are they feeling? Why do you like yourself? What do you want? Who is the real you?"
So, who is the real you? What have you learned about yourself during these 12 weeks?
WHO AM I
2 Corinthians 5:17 says that you are a new creation. The old is gone, the new has come!
The eating disorder labels you with lies. Those labels are old and gone now! The truth sets you free from believing those lies any longer. Now you are free to believe the truth of who you are in Christ.
As a new creation in Christ, there is only one label that you need to wear – You are HIS! You are his precious, beloved child. You are His chosen one, accepted and forgiven by Him. You are His perfect masterpiece. You are His and He is yours!
Walk in the truth and embrace a new identity in Christ!
PRACTICAL STEPS TO EMBRACE IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Read the Challenge to Change for the topic of Embrace Identity in Christ. There you will find a practical activity that will encourage you to act on the truths we are learning.
Read the EAT Daily pages for the topic of Embrace Identity in Christ. There you will find Scripture verses to read every day this week based on the topic of control.
Release the Lies. Embrace Truth.
The truth will set you FREE!
John 8:32 (NIV)
A New Identity
Lay aside your old self. Be renewed by the Spirit in your mind. Put on your new self; created to be like God, in His image.
Adapted from Eph 4:22-24 (NIV)