• The Key to Overcoming Food Idolatry

    I wish I craved apple slices as much as I crave chocolate, but I don’t. It’s probably that I’ve consumed more chocolate than apples and that’s why I crave it. Changing my diet would probably change my cravings (and I’ve been working on that). But changing my diet wouldn’t take care of my heart issue. The real problem is my heart. The only hope for victory in this battle is recognizing the hold that food has on me and desiring God’s glory in my life, more than that next food fix. It helps me to hear Paul put things into perspective: [box]Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that…

  • Four Ways to Break the Power of Your Idol

    It’s not that Jesus can’t satisfy—you’ve just not tasted deeply enough! This is my reply to those struggling with the “whys” of doubt that come after another discouraging defeat—the woman who’s been addicted to “cutting” since her teens, the college student who keeps falling prey to porn, the former meth addict that caves to the pull of her old lifestyle. Or me, when I don’t honor God with my eating choices! Tripping and falling can happen a lot in the early stages of the Christian life—especially if you’ve got long running habits. Being lulled into a nonchalant acceptance of a “seemingly small” sin can even happen when you’ve walked with Christ for…

  • The Only Craving That Satisfies

    Way back on June 2, I promised you a post that I’m just now sending you! My, how the days fly when life interruptions happen, I can’t believe that this is almost three weeks later. In case you missed the series we were in at the beginning of this month, let me update you a bit. I was sharing with you about my “favorite” idol and several of you joined in to let me know that you struggle with worshiping at this same altar. I told you that that my “favorite idol” is food. I’ve looked to food for:   Pleasure Comfort Happiness I’ve spent a LOT of time thinking about food,…