Can Facebook Pack on the Pounds?

Let me immediately kick off with a disclaimer:
The title of this post was meant to grab your attention, I obviously didn’t mean to imply that the entity “Facebook” can (in a direct way) have anything to do with anybody’s waist line.

I also want to assure you that I am in no way a Facebook hater, on the contrary, like many others I found Face Book to be a great source of communication with friends and family locally and especially over seas.

So why write this post?

Well unfortunately, if you struggle with food or any other addiction for that matter, you might be adding Facebook to a long list of “‘mind numbing activities”. In other words you might be using certain objects or forms of entertainment to escape from reality and put off dealing with your problem.

If you want to break free from this struggle, it is crucial to learn to live in the present moment. You can not afford to put off surrendering this struggle to God until tomorrow or even for one hour! Every moment matters! The way you live TODAY is a clear indication of what your future will look like.

We have to take back our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit, and it’s impossible to do if we constantly “disconnect” from our minds and bodies. The enemy would like nothing more than  to bring an innocent little thing such as Facebook into your life and use it to entangle you. Many people with food struggles find themselves spending hours on Facebook, in front of the TV, on weight loss websites, or on forums.

Now most of you ladies already know that I have a Facebook page, a blog, and a forum for this ministry. These things can all be used powerfully by God if we go on there with the intention of finding or giving encouragement, but then get off quickly and get on with the business of living free in this world of seduction.

Warnings:

  • Surfing other people’s pages or “walls” can leave you dissatisfied with your own life, and make you reach for food to ‘numb the pain’
  • Spending too much time on places like Facebook can steal valuable hours of your life that could have been better spent in the Word, on your family,  exercising, building relationships, or following your dream and purpose in life

If you already have a problem with this, I would recommend you get out and buy yourself a Bible study so that you can get back into the Word of God and surround yourself with the truth. The enemy set up lies around our lives and the ONLY WAY TO REFUTE THESE LIES IS WITH THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD (2 Cor 10: 1-5)

Remember, other people showcase only the best parts of their lives on places like Facebook. However, if you don’t surround yourself with the Word of God you might not see this and buy into the enemy’s lie of  “everybody has a better life than me”

I’m calling all of you ladies to join me in resisting the enemy when he ever so subtle introduces “mind numbing activities” into our lives (James 4:7) I assure you that I also have to fight the good fight daily.

It will probably always feel easier to flop in front of the TV or computer than picking up your Bible. But please believe me when I tell you: Long hours in front of the TV and computer is sure to bring death to your life and circumstances. On the flip side, time spent in the Word and God’s presence will ALWAYS, without exception, fill you with LIFE AND PEACE.

Please go read again all of Romans 8, but let me at least quote this passage to remind you that how we spent our time and what we focus on shape our lives.

Romans 8 : 5-8 (NIV)

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God”

Love you ladies

Heleen

PS: You may also be interested in this post:
Stop Binge Eating: Turn off the TV!


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4 thoughts on “Can Facebook Pack on the Pounds?”

  1. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! That really hurt!

    As my husband would say, “You are right as rain.” 🙂 Thank you for speaking the truth, Heleen. We can always count on you for that and I appreciate it.
    I love facebook but I also see how time consuming and mind numbing it can be.
    I believe your words are words of wisdom and I plan to do something about it!

  2. Great article Heleen…I agree with you…I am guilty of filling my idle time with computer activiities such as facebook and surfing the web, when I should be cleaning, praying, walking the dog, ect…This article has movtivated me to be more aware of this behavior and make a concious effort to live in the moment, prepare my healthy food ahead of time, and start exercising at the gym again….I still need to loose 15 to 20 pounds, and that seems to be the hardest for this busy girl…I am a single mom, work as a teacher, and am taking graduate level on line courses….stressful for sure…..

  3. Hi Heleen,
    This message is right on. Three months ago when I got back into a daily scheduled time with the Lord to read and study my bible and to pray and praise Him, I gave up my facebook. I found it to be addicting and I also found it brought out a sort of prideful spirit in me.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Hi Heleen!
    I agree FaceBook is such a distraction and so much contributes to robbing us of focus on what is most important so that we forget our commitment to living a displined consecrated life, and does draw us into pridefulness, guilt of always being behind, and yet another addiction of checking on people not wanting to miss anyone!! Though not yet free of FaceBook either withdrawing right now 🙂 I am now deactivated, focusing on the Lord, following the new TSFL program and 5 lbs. down from my start day last week just following the plan! How much more success in our life is so simple when we just follow God’s sweet simple plan for each of us!! Heleen, you are right that I was one who was ashamed that I had failed again and couldn’t face that failure. I am so blessed to have your sweet faithful spirit back in my life inspiring me toward meeting my goals!

    Thank you for your faithfulness 🙂 Diane

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