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LOVE THAT PASSETH KNOWLEDGE
To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.
If I could only make men and women understand the real meaning of the words of the apostle John—"God is love"—I would take that single text, and go up and down the world proclaiming this glorious truth. If you can convince a man that you love him, you have won his heart. If we really make people believe that God loves them, how we should find them crowding into the kingdom of heaven! The trouble is that people think God hates them; and so they are all the time running away from Him.
A Text Burned In
We built a church in Chicago some years ago and were very anxious to teach the people the love of God. We thought if we could not preach it into their hearts we would try to burn it in; so we put right over the pulpit in gas jets these words—"God is Love." A man going along the streets one night glanced through the door and saw the text. He was a poor prodigal. As he passed on he thought to himself: "God is love!" No! He does not love me; for I am a poor, miserable sinner.
He tried to get rid of the text, but it seemed to stand out right before him in letters of fire. He went on a little farther, then turned round, went back, and entered the meeting. He did not hear the sermon, but the words of that short text had gotten deeply lodged in his heart, and that was enough. It is of little account what men say if the Word of God only gets an entrance into the sinner's heart. He stayed after the first meeting was over; and I found him there weeping like a child.
As I unfolded the Scriptures and told him how God had loved him all the time, although he had wandered so far away, and how God was waiting to receive him and forgive him, the light of the gospel broke into his mind, and he went away rejoicing.
There is nothing in this world that people prize so much as they do love. Show me a person who has no one to care for or love him, and I will show you one of the most wretched beings on the face of the earth. Why do people commit suicide? Very often it is because this thought steals in upon them—that no one loves them; and they would rather die than live.
I know of no truth in the whole Bible that ought to come home to us with such power and tenderness as that of the love of God; and there is no truth in the Bible that Satan would so much like to blot out. For more than six thousand years he has been trying to persuade men that God does not love them. He succeeded in making our first parents believe this lie, and he too often succeeds with their children.
When Does God Love Us?
The idea that God does not love us often comes from false teaching. Mothers make a mistake in teaching children that God does not love them when they do wrong; but only when they do right. That is not taught in Scripture. You do not teach your children that when they do wrong you hate them. Their wrongdoing does not change your love to hate; if it did, you would change your love a great many times. Because your child is fretful, or has committed some act of disobedience, you do not cast him out as though he did not belong to you! No! He is still your child, and you love him. And if men have gone astray from God it does not follow that He hates them. It is the sin that He hates.
I believe the reason why a great many people think God does not love them is because they are measuring God by their own small rule, from their own standpoint. We love men as long as we consider them worthy of our love; when they are not, we cast them off. It is not so with God. There is a vast difference between human love and divine love.
The Dimensions of God's Love
In Ephesians 3:18, we are told of the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of God's love. Many of us think we know something of God's love, but centuries hence we shall admit we have never found out much about it. Columbus discovered America; but what did he know about its great lakes, rivers, forests, and the Mississippi Valley? He died without knowing much about what he had discovered.
So, many of us have discovered something of the love of God, but there are heights, depths, and lengths of it we do not know. That love is a great ocean, and we require to plunge into it before we really know anything of it. It is said of a Roman Catholic archbishop of Paris that when he was thrown into prison and condemned to be shot, a little while before he was led out to die he saw a window in his cell in the shape of a cross. Upon the top of the cross he wrote "height," at the bottom "depth," and at the end of each arm "length." He had experienced the truth conveyed in the hymn:
When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of Glory died.
When we wish to know the love of God, we should go to Calvary. Can we look upon that scene and say God did not love us? That cross speaks of the love of God. Greater love never has been taught than that which the cross teaches. What prompted God to give up Christ?—what prompted Christ to die?—if it were not love? "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Christ laid down His life for His enemies; Christ laid down His life for His murderers; Christ laid down His life for them that hated Him; and the spirit of the cross, the spirit of Calvary, is love. When they were mocking Him and deriding Him, what did He say? "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." That is love. He did not call down fire from heaven to consume them; there was nothing but love in His heart.
The Love of God Is Unchangeable
If you study the Bible you will find that the love of God is unchangeable. Many who loved you at one time have perhaps grown cold in their affections and turned away from you; it may be that their love is changed to hatred. It is not so with God. It is recorded of Jesus Christ, just when He was about to be parted from His disciples and led away to Calvary, that "having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end" (John 13:1). He knew that one of His disciples would betray Him; yet He loved Judas. He knew that another disciple would deny Him, and swear that he never knew Him; and yet He loved Peter. It was the love which Christ had for Peter which broke his heart, and brought him back in penitence to the feet of his Lord. For three years Jesus had been with the disciples trying to teach them His love, not only by His life and words, but by His work. And, on the night of His betrayal, He takes a basin of water, girds Himself with a towel, and taking the place of a servant, washes their feet. He wanted to convince them of His unchanging love.
There is no portion of Scripture I read so often as John 14, and there is none that is more sweet to me. I never tire of reading it. Hear what our Lord says, as He pours out His heart to His disciples: "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father" (14:20–21; emphasis added). Think of the great God who created heaven and earth loving you and me! "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" (v. 23).
Would to God that our puny minds could grasp this great truth that the Father and the Son so love us that they desire to come and abide with us. Not to tarry for a night, but to come and abide in our hearts!
We have another passage more wonderful still in John 17:23. "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me" (emphasis added). That is one of the most remarkable sayings that ever fell from the lips of Jesus Christ. There is no reason why the Father should not love Him. He was obedient unto death; He never transgressed the Father's law, or turned aside from the path of perfect obedience by one hair's breadth. It is very different with us, and yet, notwithstanding all our rebellion and foolishness, He says that if we are trusting in Christ, the Father loves us as He loves the Son. Marvelous love! Wonderful love! That God can possibly love us as He loves His own Son seems too good to be true. Yet that is the teaching of Jesus Christ.
It is hard to make a sinner believe in this unchangeable love of God. When a man has wandered away from God, he thinks that God hates him. We must make a distinction between sin and the sinner. God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin. He hates sin, because it mars human life. It is just because God loves the sinner that He hates sin.
God's Love Is Unfailing
God's love is not only unchangeable, but unfailing. In Isaiah 49:15–16 we read: "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me."
Now the strongest human love that we know of is a mother's love. Many things will separate a man from his wife. A father may turn his back on his child; brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies; husbands may desert their wives; wives, their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all. In good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother loves on and hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways and repent. She remembers the infant smiles, the merry laugh of childhood, the promise of youth; and she can never be brought to think him unworthy. Death cannot quench a mother's love; it is stronger than death.
You have seen a mother watching over her sick child. How willingly she would take the disease into her own body if she could thus relieve her child! Week after week she will keep watch. She will let no one else take care of that sick child.
"This Is My Boy; I Love Him Still"
A friend of mine, some time ago, was visiting in a beautiful home where he met a number of friends. After they had all gone away, having left something behind, he went back to get it. There he found the lady of the house, a wealthy lady, sitting behind a poor fellow who looked like a tramp. He was her own son. Like the prodigal, he had wandered far away, yet the mother said: "This is my boy; I love him still." Take a mother with nine or ten children, if one goes astray, she seems to love that one more than any of the rest.
A leading minister in the state of New York once told me of a father who was a very bad character. The mother did all she could to prevent the contamination of the boy; but the influence of the father was stronger, and he led his son into all kinds of sin until the lad became one of the worst of criminals. He committed murder and was put on trial. All through the trial, the widowed mother (for the father had died) sat in the court. When the witnesses testified against the boy, it seemed to hurt the mother much more than the son. When he was found guilty and sentenced to die, everyone else, feeling the justice of the verdict, seemed satisfied at the result. But the mother's love never faltered. She begged for a reprieve, but that was denied. After the execution she craved for the body, and this also was refused. According to custom, it was buried in the prison yard. A little while afterward the mother herself died, but before she was taken away she expressed a desire to be buried by the side of her boy. She was not ashamed of being known as the mother of a murderer.
The story is told of a young woman in Scotland who left her home and became an outcast in Glasgow. Her mother sought her far and wide, but in vain. At last, she caused her daughter's picture to be hung up on the walls of the Midnight Mission rooms, where abandoned women resorted. Many gave the picture a passing glance. One lingered by the picture. It was the same dear face that looked down upon her in her childhood. She had not forgotten or cast off her sinning child, or her picture would never have been hung upon those walls. The lips seemed to open, and whisper: "Come home! forgive you, and love you still."
The poor girl sank down overwhelmed with her feelings. She was the prodigal daughter. The sight of her mother's face had broken her heart. She became truly penitent for her sins, and with a heart full of sorrow and shame, returned to her forsaken home; and mother and daughter were once more united.
The Love of God Surpasses a Mother's Love
But let me tell you that no mother's love is to be compared with the love of God; it does not measure the height or the depth of God's love. No mother in this world ever loved her child as God loves you and me. Think of the love that God must have had when He gave His Son to die for the world! I used to think a good deal more of Christ than I did of the Father. Somehow or other I had the idea that God was a stern judge, that Christ came between me and God and appeased the anger of God. But after I became a father, and for years had an only son, as I looked at my boy I thought of the Father giving His Son to die, and it seemed to me as if it required more love for the Father to give His Son than for the Son to die.
Oh, the love that God must have had for the world when He gave His Son to die for it! "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). I have never been able to preach from that text. I have often thought I would, but it is so high that I can never climb to its height; I have just quoted it and passed on. Who can fathom the depth of those words: "God so loved the world"? We can never scale the heights of His love, or fathom its depths. Paul prayed that he might know the height, the depth, the length, and the breadth of the love of God; but it was past his finding out. It "passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).
The Cross of Christ and the Love of God
Nothing speaks to us of the love of God like the cross of Christ. Come with me to Calvary, and look upon the Son of God as He hangs there. Can you hear that piercing cry from His dying lips: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" and say that He does not love you? "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). But Jesus Christ laid down His life for His enemies.
Another thought is this: He loved us long before we ever thought of Him. The idea that He does not love us until we first love Him is not to be found in Scripture. In 1 John 4:10 it is written: "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." He loved us before we ever thought of loving Him. You loved your children before they knew anything about your love. And so, long before we ever thought of God, we were in His thoughts.
What brought the prodigal home? It was the thought that his father loved him. Suppose the news had reached him that he was a castoff, and that his father did not care for him anymore, would he have gone back? Never! But the thought dawned upon him that his father loved him still; so he rose up and went back, to his home. Dear reader, the love of the Father ought to bring us back to Him. It was Adam's calamity and sin that revealed God's love. When Adam fell, God came down and dealt in mercy with him. If anyone is lost it will not be because God does not love him; it will be because he has resisted the love of God.
What will make heaven attractive? Is it the pearly gates or the golden streets? No. Heaven will be attractive because there we shall behold Him who loved us so much as to give His only begotten Son to die for us. What makes home attractive? Is it the beautiful furniture and stately rooms? No; some homes with all these are like whited sepulchers.
In Brooklyn a mother was dying; and it was necessary to take her child from her, because the little child could not understand the nature of the sickness and disturbed her mother. Every night the child sobbed herself to sleep in a neighbor's house, because she wanted to go back to her mother's; but the mother grew worse, and they could not take the child home. At last the mother died; and after her death they thought it best not to let the child see her dead mother in her coffin. After the burial the child ran into one room crying, "Mama! Mama!" and then into another crying, "Mama! Mama!" and so went over the whole house; and when the little creature failed to find that loved one, she cried to be taken back to the neighbors. So what makes heaven attractive is the thought that we shall see Christ who has loved us and given Himself for us.
If you ask me why God should love us, I cannot tell. I suppose it is because He is a true father. It is His nature to love; just as it is the nature of the sun to shine. He wants you to share in that love. Do not let unbelief keep you away from Him. Do not think that, because you are a sinner, God does not love you, or care for you. He does! He wants to save you and bless you.
"When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6). Is that not enough to convince you that He loves you? He would not have died for you if He had not loved you. Is your heart so hard that you can brace yourself against His love, and spurn and despise it? You can do it; but it will be at your peril.
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"To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge" -- Ephesians 3:19
If I could only make men understand the real meaning of the Apostle John's words-"God is love." I would take that single text and go around the world proclaiming this glorious truth. If you can convince a man that you love him, you have won his heart. If we really make people believe that God loves them, we would find them hurrying into the Kingdom of heaven! The trouble is men think God hates them. So, they are continually running away from Him. Some years ago we built a church in Chicago and were very anxious to teach people the love of God. We thought if we could not preach it into their hearts we would and burn it in. So, right over the pulpit in gas jets we put there words- "God is Love." A man walking along the streets one night glanced through the door and saw the text. He was a poor squanderer. As he passed by he thought to himself, "'God is Love!' No! He does not love me because I am a poor, miserable sinner." He tried to forget the words, but they seemed to stand out before him in fiery letters. He went on a little farther, then turned around, went back, and entered the meeting. He did not hear the sermon. But the words of the short text had lodged deeply in his heart. That was enough. What men say is of little importance. It is the Word of God gaining an entrance into the sinner's heart that makes the difference. He stayed after the first meeting was over. I found him there weeping like a baby. I opened the scriptures and told him how God had always loved him even though he had wandered so far away. I told him how God was waiting to receive him and forgive him. The light of the Gospel flooded his mind. He went away rejoicing. There is nothing in this world that men prize so much as love. Show me a person who has no one to care for or love him, and I will show you one of the most wretched human beings on the face of the earth. Why do people commit suicide? Very often it is because the thought that nobody loves them steals in on them. They would rather die than live.
Correct Teaching of God's Love
I know of no truth in the entire Bible that ought to come home to us with such power and tenderness as the love of God. There is no greater truth in the Bible that Satan would like to blot out. For more than six thousand years he has been trying to persuade men that God does not love them. He succeeded in making our first parents believe this lie. Too often, he succeeds with their children. The idea that God does not love us often comes from false teaching. Mothers make the mistake of teaching children that God does not love them when they do wrong, but only when they do right. That is not taught in Scripture. You do not teach your children that when they do wrong you hate them. Their wrongdoing does not change your love to hate. If it did, you would change your love many times. Because your child is restless or has been disobedient, you do not push him out as if he did not belong to you! No! He is still your child, and you love him. If men have moved away from God, it does not follow that He hates them. It is the sin that He hates. I believe the reason why many people think God does not love them is because they are measuring God by their own small rule and from their own standpoint. We love men as long as we consider them worthy of our love. When they are not, we ignore them. God does not act this way. There is a vast difference between human love and divine love. In Ephesians 3:18 we are told of the breadth, length, depth, and height of God's love. Many of us think we know something of God's love, but in the future we will admit we have never found out much about it. Colombus discovered America. But, what did he know about its great lakes, rivers, forests, and the Mississippi Valley? He died without knowing much about what he had discovered. So, many of us have discovered something of the love of God, but there are heights, depths, and lengths of it we do not know. That love is a great ocean. We need to plunge into it before we really know anything about it. It is said that a Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris was thrown into prison and condemned to be shot. A little while before he was led out to die, he saw a window in his cell in the shape of a cross. On the top of the cross he wrote "height," at the bottom "depth," and at the end of each arm "length." He had experienced the truth conveyed in the hymn
When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of Glory died.
When we want to know the love of God, we should go to Calvary. Can we look at that scene and say God did not love us? That cross speaks of the love of God. Greater love has never been taught than that which the cross teaches. What prompted God to give up Christ? -- what prompted Christ to die? -- if it were not love? "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Christ laid down His life for His enemies. Christ laid down His life for His murderers. He laid down His life for those that hated Him. The spirit of the cross, the spirit of Calvary, is love. When they were mocking and ridiculing Him, what did He say? "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). That is love. He did not call down fire from heaven to consume them. There was nothing but love in His heart.
God's Unchangeable Love
If you study the Bible you will find that the love of God is unchangeable. Many who once loved you have perhaps grown cold in their affections and turned away from you. It may be that their love has changed to hatred. This is not so with God. It is said of Jesus Christ that just when He was about to be separated from His disciples and led away to Calvary, that "having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end" (John 13:1). He knew that one of His disciples would betray Him, yet He loved Judas. He knew that another disciple would deny Him and swear that he never knew Him. Yet, He loved Peter. It was the love which Christ had for Peter that broke his heart. This love brought him back penitent at the feet of his Lord. For three years Jesus had been trying to teach the disciples His love, not only by His life and words but also by His work. On the night of His betrayal, He takes a basin of water, girds Himself with a towel, and, taking the place of a servant, washes their feet. He wanted to convince them of His unchanging love. There is no portion of Scripture I read as often as John 14. There is none that is more beautiful to me. I never tire of reading it. 088368148X|Chapter 1 DELIVERANCE FROM GLUTTONY
I can still remember going to my personal physician some twelve or thirteen years ago. I was deeply involved in compulsive eating, and there was such a feeling of desperation watching my weight go up and up as it had so many times before. I knew that it was out of control, but I didn't know how to get that control back.
I remember explaining to my doctor what I was going through and how frightened I was. After listening to me for a few minutes, he left the room and came back with a 1000 calorie a day diet. How could he have had so little understanding! If I could have stayed on a diet, I wouldn't have bad a weight problem! I knew how many calories there were in everything I ate. But knowing that still didn't stop me from overeating.
Desperate! Once I gained thirty pounds in three months. Food was on my mind constantly. When I woke up in the morning, my first thoughts were about what I would eat that day. I wondered if I would be able to control my eating at all, or if I would succumb to my desire to gorge. Even when I was on one of my frequent diets (periodically I was able to regain my normal weight and keep it for a few months), I was obsessed with thoughts of food. I was also usually depressed.
I read every diet and weight control book I could find. I tried "self-hypnosis." I went to a physician for hypnosis. I went to a psychologist. I even went to a weight doctor. But there was something inside me that continued to drive me to overeat.
Experiencing Sin's Control Paul knew what it was to be under the control of sin. If you substitute the words eating and overeating for sin in Paul's letter to the Romans, you have a good explanation of what it's like to be a compulsive eater. Even more important, you see what it takes to overcome it. "I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do (eat) what is right, but I can't. I do (eat) what I don't want to, what I hate (a person will eat almost anything on a binge). I know perfectly well that what I am doing (eating) is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking (condemnation is a constant companion of a compulsive eater). But I can't help myself, because I'm no longer doing it. It is sin inside me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things (this overeating).
"I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn I can't make myself do right (eat right) (psychology, hypnosis, crash diets). I want to but I can't. When I want to do good (try to diet) I don't (eat anyway); and when I try not to do wrong (eat), I do it anyway. Now if I am doing what I don't want to, it is plain where the trouble is: sin still has me in it's evil grasp" (Romans 7:15-20 TLB). "Oh, what a terrible predicament I'm in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly overeating?"
How You Can Be Free "Thank God! Jesus Christ our Lord did it! He has set me free!" "So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit-and this power is mine through Christ Jesus-has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death (overeating and guilt). We aren't saved from sin's grasp by knowing the commandments of God (bow to diet), because we can't and don't keep them, but God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours-except that ours are sinful and destroyed sin's (overeating's) control over us by giving Himself as a sacrifice for our sins (overeating). So now we can obey God's laws (overcome overeating) if we follow after the Holy Spirit and no longer obey the old evil nature within us.
"Those who let themselves be controlled by their lower natures (overeating, sowing to the flesh) live only to please themselves, but those who follow after the Holy Spirit find themselves doing those things that please God" (Romans 8:1-5 TLB). The victory is there, but we must choose to receive it.
I remember, as a compulsive eater, looking at people who never had a weight problem. I could not even imagine what it felt like to not be concerned with and controlled by food. I remember reading an article about Johnny Carson where he made a statement about not really caring what he ate.
He said he ate because it was something he had to do. It was impossible for me to relate to that statement. I remember thinking what a strange remark that was and wondering if that was how it felt to be in control of your eating.
Living In Control Now after being completely healed for over ten years, I know what control feels like. Sometimes it is hard for me to remember what it was like as a glutton because God put my sins as far "as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12).
Today I can think of hundreds of things I would rather do than eat. I often get busy during the day and realize about 4:00 p.m. that I haven't eaten all day. Then I get a real hunger response from my body. I enjoy food much more now because there is no condemnation when I eat. It is amazing how much better food tastes when you are genuinely hungry.
One thing I really enjoy is throwing out leftover cake or pie. I guess you have to have been a compulsive eater to really appreciate this experience. In the past, these things would have always been eaten, often in one day! Right now we are eating a box of chocolates that was given to us a month ago.
Now that is freedom! Jesus said, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36). 1 now have freedom to have one chocolate instead of half a box or two or three chocolate chip cookies instead of a dozen. I am free indeed!
The Source Of My Release Another new and wonderful experience is not changing dress sizes. At every change of season, I had clothes I could not wear. They were either too big or too small because my size was constantly changing. I haven't changed dress sizes in ten years, and I have had two children during those ten years. It will work for you, too, for the rest of your life.
I'll never stop thanking God for sending Jesus to save me from this gluttony and depression. The joy does not subside but "is like the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18). There is no more darkness inside of me, no more hidden part.
I remember, when I had been binging and someone came to the door, the feeling of not wanting to be with other people. I felt as if they somehow knew I had been eating too much. There was always that hidden part of me, that sin and darkness, that only I knew about.
When I was born again, it was as though a light came on inside me. That light was Jesus Christ and He overcame the darkness. The sensation of light is so real inside me now that sometimes I think I could glow in the dark! We do glow in the dark in a sense. Our light shines forth in a dark world. We are the light of the world.
All Things Are New I was born again late one night when I was all alone. In my church we repeated a creed which said in part, "I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth ... and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. " When you truly realize who Jesus is and what He did for us, your whole life can be changed. "Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Scriptures which I heard almost all of my life became real to me. Jesus became the Lord of my life. His death and resurrection, which saved me from my sins, became exciting to me because it was personal! Jesus died for me! I found a Source for my life, a Teacher, a Word that was Truth itself and would never change or let me down. I found a place to take this sin which had been inside me.
A New Life I am thankful that the weight did not just drop off because someone laid hands on me, although I thank God for the supernatural in our lives. I didn't just lose weight; I found a new way of life! I learned that Jesus is truly "able to keep (me) from falling, and to present (me) faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24). 1 learned that God's Word is true, and I learned how to apply it to my life and receive healing. Because of this, I have found "exceeding joy that does not diminish."
The Lord is more real to me today than He was that night ten years ago. He continues to be my Savior. As long as we live on this earth, Satan will never stop trying to gain a foothold in our lives, but Jesus will never stop being our Savior from that sin. Salvation never stops being a choice, but as long as we choose Jesus, sin will have no power over us.
Gluttony is a spiritual problem. Until that "spirit of overeating" is gone, you will never live in lasting victory over your weight. Conversely, once it is gone, eating will never again be a problem in your life