by Fred Hoehn, copyright 2013. |
Obesity is a very serious health problem in the world, and especially in the United States, where there is abundance of food.
In some nations where there’s a shortage of food, it’s not as serious a problem. Probably in North Korea, for example, where I understand people are starving to death.
I met a man who had been working, and then lost his job. While he was between jobs, he sat around watching TV and snacking. Think he said he gained 65 pounds during that time. Some people would be thinner if they simply watched less TV.
Another man, who was a Christian, started confessing out lout with his mouth, “I always eat and drink moderately. I use wisdom in what I eat.” It helped him to lose weight. Why does this work?
Because we humans are made in the image of God. The God who spoke the worlds into existence. So, we also have some power to speak things into existence.
What you say with your mouth matters, so it’s good to pray the prayer that David prayed in the Psalms, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.” (Psa. 141:3)
Another factor in having weight proportional to height is what kinds of foods we eat. I like pizza, but had to stop eating so much of it because bad for the waist line. One weight loss counselor advised her clients to stuff themselves with vegetables while they were trying to weigh less.
Perhaps you’re asking, “What do demons have to do with obesity?”
There are demons of gluttony, just as there are demons of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, pornography addiction. In fact, probably most obsessive/compulsive behaviors are demonic in origin.
Demons are fallen angels, who rebelled against God when Satan did. But we don’t normally see them because they are spirit beings who have no flesh and blood bodies. And now, they go around provoking people to behave inadvisedly, and foolishly, and insanely.
Most normal people like good food, but if when you get home, you have to eat everything that’s not nailed down, then probably there’s a demon (or, more than one) that needs to be cast out. But don’t try to do that if you’re not a Christian because unbelievers don’t have authority over demons.
But Jesus gave the Christians authority over demons in Luke 10:19, and in Mark chapter 16.
And the Apostle Paul did exorcism in the Book of Acts. (Acts 16:18)
So how does a Christian use his authority over demons? By speaking words out of their mouths. You command the demon to stop doing what he’s been doing against you. You command him to go and not return, in Jesus’ name. Just like Jesus commanded the demons to go when he was living his life on earth. (books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.)
An authority on the subject is Kenneth E. Hagin. His books are available at www.Rhema.org. Another authority is Dr. Norvel Hayes, see www.nhm.cc. Another authority was Dr. Lester Sumrall of LESEA Broadcasting. I think they have a website.
But for best results, the obese person should accept Jesus as Savior (Romans 10:9,10) and then ask God for help to get their weight right.
“When you pray, believe that you receive the things you ask for, and you shall have them.” (Mark 11:24) “But what if I pray and don’t believe?” Oh, well then, you don’t receive.
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