Don’t Let Emotions Consume You

Do your emotions consume you, to the point that you try to eat them away?

A nature documentary I saw recently horrified me because it reminded me of the danger of emotional eating.

Watch the following clip. You won’t soon forget it.

Spoiler alert: The baby iguana does escape…this time.

Imagine yourself as the baby iguana when emotions overwhelm you.

See the snakes as the enemy’s forces trying to capture you. This creeps me out because I can’t stand snakes!

But did you notice how the baby iguana managed to get to the place of safety?

The only way she was able to get to safety was to run to the rock!

That is our battle plan when emotions overwhelm us.

Keep this scripture in mind:

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:2 (NKJV)

Now, the enemy will try to convince you that you can’t handle your emotions. What he says seems true in the moment because of the physical symptoms you may experience:

  • Your heart pounds
  • You may get a tension headache
  • Your throat may tighten
  • Your breathing may get shallow
  • You may sweat

It may feel like you are going to die.

But you won’t. They are just physical symptoms.

It is your beliefs that are telling you what the symptoms mean. Fear could just as easily be excitement.

After all, the physical symptoms are the same; it is just the label you give them that is different!

You can say to yourself:

I will not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.”

Psalm 118:17 (NKJV)

You see, underneath every fear is the fear of death. 

The next time you are afraid of something, keep asking the question: ”And why do you fear that?”

For every answer you give, keep asking ”And why do you fear that?”

At the end of your questioning, the final answer will involve death or dying in some way as in, ”And then, I’ll die.”

But as a Christian, you have no need to fear death!

Death is the enemy’s trump card, which Jesus took away through His death and resurrection.

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”

Hebrews 2:14-15 (NLT)

Jesus experienced death and rose again on the third day. Death could not hold Him down!

And it can’t hold you down either.

So when your emotions seem like they are going to overwhelm you, be willing to experience those physical symptoms. Declare Psalm 118:17 in confidence because those symptoms will pass.

Get up from the place you are sitting and move.

Breathe and just be (exist).

Listen to worship and praise music to begin to shift your thinking away from the situation and on to the Lord.

Talk to your Father about it. Let Him know how you are feeling. You can even tell Him that you don’t like this feeling!

Get a piece of paper and a pen. Write the Lord about what is happening just to get the thoughts out of your head and on to paper. That will help you see your feelings objectively.

The Holy Spirit will bring scriptures to your remembrance if you have them in your mental storehouse. If not, do a Google search for scriptures to comfort you in the emotion such as ‘Scriptures for depression’.

Just keep breathing until the physical symptoms pass and the Lord’s peace settles upon you.

That is running to the Rock and standing on it. 

On the Rock is the place of safety. Get there and stay there!

About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • WOW!!!!! This really spoke to me. Praise YAH. Thank you for sharing it because the article/video/action steps are beyond encouraging.

  • I just love you sister, I’m not one at this point and time to join in on group conversation but maybe in time.
    Everyday I look forward to your truthful teaching’s from God’s word. Everyday I am blessed because of what God has empowered you to tell me.
    I believe I will become an overcomes in this weight loss journey, this new and healthy life.
    Thank you and God bless,

    • I love you, too Vickie and I am thankful the Lord has enabled us to walk this journey together. We WILL finish well and have a great time celebrating face-to-face with our deal Savior! May you continue to prosper and be in health as your soul prospers!

  • Well, I hate snakes too, so this video will sure stay with me! More importantly, the scripture directing me to the Rock is now in my mind and in my heart.

    Having dealt with Generalized Anxiety Disirded and periodic panic attacks for 25+ years, the physical symptoms described and the correlation of fear of death are spot on. So too is the scriptural reponse.

    I’ve dealt with the anxiety disorder, as well as the accompanying depression, these many years through prayer, His Word, and by the use of medications that I truly believe are gifts from Him. But I’m always adding to my arsenal of weapons to combat these issues, as well as my lifelong weight struggles, and this article has given me some great tools indeed.

    This iguana is going to remember to run to the Rock each and every time I’m under attack from the enemy.

    I can’t thank you enough.

    • You got it, Kim! I pray the Lord will bring them to your remembrance just-in-time and you will practice them so you can experience the blessings within them.

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