Do you ever feel like you will never break that habit that controls you? That’s how I used to feel about my overeating habit. It was a stronghold in my life—a place I went to for comfort and something that controlled me. Breaking free from a stronghold, sin, or idol is one of the hardest […]
One of the biggest hurdles in breaking a habit is getting to the point where you’re willing to set boundaries with that habit. After all, what if you have the perfect opportunity to practice your habit and you have to miss out on it because of some pesky old boundaries? Let’s face it. We want […]
Do you ever feel like you want to break your habit, but you just can’t convince yourself that you need to break your habit? That’s the way I am with wasting time on the Internet. Since it’s not a sin and it’s not frowned on by our culture, I have a hard time saying, “Enough, […]
We live in a church era that is heavy on grace. It’s hard to say, “Hey, guys, we need to work on getting rid of the sin in our lives,” without being accused of being a legalist or having a works-based salvation.
Imagine this. You’ve been married for 23 years. You have a house, a dog, two cats, and three kids. You know your spouse like the back of your hand. That’s why it hurts so much the day he says, “I’ve had an affair. Will you forgive me?” You rant and you rave. You cry and […]
Do you ever feel like you’re constantly bombarded with temptation? I sometimes wonder if that’s how Jesus felt in the desert. I was reading about His temptation the other day in Luke 4:1-13. Here are a few lessons I learned: 1. Expect to be tempted at the beginning of a new pursuit or a new stage of […]
Have you ever tried to break a habit, all excited about the way your life was going to change, and then had it all come crashing down over your head? Maybe you slipped up a couple of times, 0r received a few discouraging remarks from a friend, or maybe you just got sick of walking […]
I just finished listening to a wonderful true story of God healing a World War II vet who had been obsessed with revenge, addicted to alcohol, and indulgent with pornography. The minute He was saved, God took away his desire for all three of those things.
As I’ve been writing these Bible studies and journal questions for eating, it’s occurring to me that most of them would also work well for overcoming other bad habits. So if you don’t struggle with eating, and want to work on another bad habit, just go back to Day 1 of the Bible study and […]
This week I felt like a total failure. I’d had several days in a row of wasting time on the internet, not getting a lot accomplished, and just being a general slug. I spent some time with God renewing my mind, but it didn’t seem to be helping. Why am I writing a blog on […]