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Day 1 - Part 1
Hello Friend, and welcome to In His Image. My name is Mike Cleveland, and I am the author of this 60-day course. Kim Schmidt, the co-author, and I will be walking you through the lessons. Each lesson consists of biblical instruction, course member comments, and testimonies. All sections will be helpful in your pursuit of victory over destructive eating habits.
This course is probably unlike any other course or support group you may have encountered in the past. In His Image places a radical emphasis on satisfying our souls in Christ, and also on the need to repent of overeating, starving, throwing up and/or any other sinful eating habit. The emphasis is not on weight or on body image but, rather, on consuming Christ and developing biblical discipline in the area of eating. The course lessons are designed to take between 30 and 50 minutes each to complete.
Now, let's begin to study this first lesson of In His Image:
Right from the start, we must understand the following foundational truth in order to implement a plan to change our eating habits and behaviors. The truth is that, in order to be successful in carrying out a battle plan against any sinful eating habit, our motives must be right. And what is the "proper motive," you ask? The proper biblical motive for disciplined eating and a healthy weight must be the glory of God.
Now think about this, Friend. Most bulimics and anorexics have their own glory as the motive for controlling weight; they want to stay thin or slim down in order to fit into that outfit, to look good at their class reunion, so people will comment on how good they look, or maybe just to be healthy and/or feel better about themselves. This, in reality, is self-worship, which should have no place in the heart of the Christian who professes to worship God.
Kim said, "During my years of active bulimic behaviors, I ...