Is It Under God’s Control?

Is It Under God’s Control?

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I fought compulsive overeating all my adult life.  The latest diet fads addressed the physical component. Many programs gave me mental tools. They helped but didn’t go far enough to address the spiritual problem beneath the compulsion.

Even Paul in Romans 7:15 says,  “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”

Have you ever felt that defeated?

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I desired to eat healthy and lose weight, but by dinner, I would give up and begin a binge. The answer isn’t to belittle ourselves, or try another diet, or blame our unusual circumstances.  We must admit our powerlessness and call on the One who has all power.

God’s control equals power.

My control equals disaster.


Others urge us to use will power, but I say use God’s power.

Our will power can create motivation to change for awhile, but it can just as easily backfire, creating an I-want-it-my-way mentality. The answer to anything we face is to seek God first. He knows what needs we have. He knew that after I lost ninety-five pounds, I would feel better, have more energy to serve Him, and develop an attitude of gratitude. He knew I needed His help, and He stood waiting for me to seek Him.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:33


Are you, like me, struggling to eat without excess? Is your temper threatening to destroy your Christian witness? Are you convinced that you’re not good enough to do what God has called you to do?

Whatever the problem, Seek God first. He knows what you need.


Janet K. Brown About Janet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.


  1. So much to ponder here, Janet. I feel often like I’m not good enough for what God may be calling me to do. This is something He has worked with me on for years and will continue to, I’m sure. I like this: “Others urge us to use will power, but I say use God’s power.” That’s it exactly, isn’t it?

    What a blessing for us that you share your journey! thank you.

  2. Thank you so much, Cherie. You’re such an encouragement.

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