The Bible says a person is a slave to whatever has mastered them.
In this blog, I want to discuss how the enemy will use a “fixation” on certain things or people in our lives to become a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual problem for us.
I will zero in on one specific hang-up and it is a “food fixation.” The end result will give readers a step by step process on how-to truly break free from any fixation that is causing a life of bondage.
So, What is a Fixation?
Let’s begin by discussing what fixation means.
A “Fixation” is when we continuously think about something or someone and it basically is our go-to throughout the day. Our mind and actions gravitate toward where, when, what and how much we will do whatever we are fixated on! Fixations keep our eyes off of Jesus and our focus on whatever the enemy is using to feed our obsession.
Fixated or Filled ... It Comes Down to a Choice
Where do you go or how do you reward yourself after a hard day at work? How about after a stressful situation or argument with a family member; what do you find yourself doing? If you are hitting the refrigerator instead of your knees to deal with life, you will never receive the help the Holy Spirit has waiting for you.
Fixations impact us spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. How can we ever be “filled” with the Holy Spirit if we are fixated on other gods? Good intentioned Christians choose food, social media, cigarettes, alcohol and a variety of other vices to cope with the pressures of life. Any of these choices can be labeled a fixation.
If our goal is to be made whole in Christ, fixations will keep us from making progress.
Take the Shackles Off My Feet So I Can Dance
Is there an area of your life where you have become a slave to food?
Face the facts, if food consumes your thoughts, you have a food fixation.
Let me be transparent with you. I have found myself opening the refrigerator door multiple times and just standing in front of it staring and longing for something. Many nights, I have been in bed but then got back up, made my way to the pantry and shut the door as if locking myself up with the food. Of course, I use the flashlight on my iPhone like any good thief in the night.
Good grief! Now, you are on the other side of this blog laughing because you make similar moves throughout the day and night!
Fixations Start with the Little Boy and Girl Inside of Us
What happened in your childhood that could have led to your current fixation?
For me personally, the food fixation started when I was a young kid. My dad was a truck driver, wrecked his rig and we found our family of three in financial turmoil. If it had not been for a close friend who owned a restaurant, we would have gone without food many times.
There you have it! The lie from the enemy started to invade a young boys head and the food fixation took root. The fear of not having food was in wait, buried inside my thoughts and over the years, it slowly resurrected and formed a stronghold. The outcome unfolds as a full-fledged attack from the enemy, using food through a fixation.
This is My Story, but I am Writing a New Song
My suggestion is to take your “food story” and share it with the Lord.
Ask Him to shine His truth on your situation and let the Holy Spirit tell you what you need to hear. You can overcome a food fixation by re-establishing your life on God’s Word.
John 10:10 says, “the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came so we could have life to the FULL.”
In a new book titled Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction the author, Asheritah Cuiciu tells how “it is not just a fat girl problem!” All shapes and sizes struggle with food fixations and if not food, there are definitely others. You can have victory spiritually speaking.
Remember, you have a story! It is your testimony, once you overcome the fixation. Sing your new song!
What are the Steps to Overcome a Fixation?
- Realize and admit that you have a “fixation!”
- Repent for the sin the fixation has caused.
- Believe that you can break free from the stronghold by renouncing the lies.
- Prayerfully come up with a resolution and plan that will once and for all destroy the “fixation” by setting boundaries with accountability partners.
- Discipline your thoughts daily with God’s Word.
These steps need to become a daily discipline that is repeated often to keep your mind renewed and your fixation on Jesus. You are now on your way to a pathway of freedom!