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Overcoming Addictions - Help for Christians

Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.

This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Can You Escape the Food Trap?

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By Joyce Tilney


Millions of people are hooked, emotionally dependent on food. I remember when it finally hit me, I was addicted to food!!! Very honestly, it was very hard for me to say, “I am addicted to food.”

Food addiction is a habit that you develop over many years.  You have thoughts and behaviors connected to this habit.  I made a decision that I was never going to try the world’s way of dieting again and asked the Lord for help in this area of my life. I heard that still, small voice say,  “Break the habit!”  I didn’t realize how hard that was going to be.  Now, two years later, the habit is gone and I have lost 80 pounds which I do not plan to find.

I have “tasted and seen that the Lord is good” (See Psalm 34:8).   The food trap has nothing to do with weight—whether you are overweight or underweight. The food trap is when you allow food to be an emotional pickup!  You love the way it tastes, how it makes you feel, but hate what it does to your body and how it controls you.

When you eat for emotional pickup, it then becomes the weight that so easily ensnares you!

“…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 NKJV).

Food is a natural source for deception and dependency.  We must have food to survive and thrive; we are physically dependent on food. God created us to need food and to enjoy the taste of food. Food becomes a trap when it is used as a substitute for comfort.  It becomes a roller- coaster ride of emotions, a love-hate relationship.  Its obsession fills your thoughts and actions and robs you of your self-esteem, holds you captive and has life-damaging consequences. How much power have you given food over you?

Habits can be broken and as a child of God we have a Helper, the Holy Spirit (John 16:7).  Job said, “…I have treasured the words of His mouth more  than my necessary food” (Job 23:12 NKJV).   Hosea 4:6 tells us, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….”   We need to start by humbling ourselves, admitting that we can’t do it alone and that we need God’s help.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your understanding. Study nutrition and how different foods affect your body and control that “feel good” part of the brain.  Remember, you are breaking a habit that has taken years to form, so rest in the Lord, be faithful and diligent in your relationship with God, be transformed by renewing your mind, and your body will follow. As the food habit is broken, the weight falls away!

Food has served the devil well since the Garden of Eden when he used food as a temptation for the fall of mankind.  Why should we be surprised he is still using food today to keep the child of God from walking in the joy and peace that belong to him or her through Jesus Christ?

Until you face the fact that addictions are rooted in a spiritual problem, you will stay on the roller coaster fighting the battle of the bulge. There is a power greater than your taste buds! 

After I surrendered my food addiction causing my weight problem to God, He gave me a battle plan that started on the inside and worked 80 pounds from my body!

“‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful.  ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV).

Joyce Tilney is author of Why Diets Don’t Work – Food Is not the Problem.  Visit for more information about her walk in breaking this addiction. Follow her on Facebook; to share your extraordinary moments with God in your journey to freedom!

posted @ Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:28 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Avoid Rebellion, Stay Connected

The communion table reminds us of our unity with Jesus Christ, our unity with each other, and that Christ has overcome our enemies. Are you meeting regularly with other overcomers? Are you reading the letters of love, comfort and overcoming that Jesus, the Living Word, has left for you? If not, you may soon find yourself wanting to return to your Eqypt rather than the old rugged Cross of Jesus Christ. Stay united to Christ and to the fellowship of believers!

posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:54 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Accepting Your Sainthood

Sometimes I wonder if it is a part of our fallen humanity to desire guilt, shame and punishment. In a healthy sense, guilt and shame tell us when we have done something wrong; emotional nerves that tell us we have hurt ourselves and perhaps another in the process. However, when it comes to sin, scripture gives us a different perspective.

posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 11:10 AM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

God’s Words of Grace - Part 2

So are you ready to change your mind about, and have a completely different experience with, the world around you? Are you ready to stop being conformed to the ways of the world and be transformed by the renewing of your mind with and through God’s word (Romans 12:2)? You are not alone.

posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:59 AM | Feedback (1)

God’s Grace, His Word and You - Part 1

Thus we must enter into the love relationship, first through Christ, second through His Spirit, and third, through His word. God said to Israel in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and to the church in Matthew 12:30-31 that we must love God with all our mind, heart, soul and strength. These are in a particular order for a reason. We need God’s word in our mind so it can then enter our heart, soul and actions.

posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:56 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Why Pray When It Doesn’t Stop Snowing?

Everything and everyone is beautiful until that one person causes us harm, or that one prayer seems unanswered, then our once active prayer life becomes a periodic prayer life. Our actions reveal an attitude that “God is gonna do whatever He wants weather I talk to him or not.” Not true.

posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 5:13 PM | Feedback (1)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Only One True Way to Overcome Addictions?

I believe that recovery can be attained if you do it the way that works best for YOU and your family. We are all individuals; we learn differently, have unique beliefs and certainly each have our own truths. That does NOT prevent any of us from accepting the pieces of the process that work for us and traveling a path less known or accepted if that helps us and our fractured families achieve our dreams, sanity and sobriety.

posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 8:31 PM | Feedback (2)

Friday, January 17, 2014

What's Next for the New Year?

We have to move God from the marginal consultant we call on in times of need, to the center of our lives. He wants us to experience the love that has given us all things with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:32). God has given us an advantage over this world and all the things in it that we cannot control.

posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 3:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tips for Getting through the Holidays

The holidays can be busy and full of gatherings of family and friends. But for us in our recovery these can be stressful and hard to handle. They can send us thinking that we should be back out there using our addiction for comfort. We might need some tips for getting through the holidays clean and sober.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 5:59 PM | Feedback (1)

Friday, December 06, 2013

Healing Past Hurts (Part Two)

Where is your heart today? Locked in anger? Fear? Despair? Sometimes the past can encase our hearts in stone. But God can and wants to change that for us (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Trust Him. Ask Him in Jesus name, and He will do it, and abundant life will begin to flow through you in ways you could never imagine to ask! You will see the beauty that surrounds you in perfect peace.

posted @ Friday, December 06, 2013 10:03 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, November 01, 2013

Healing Past Hurts (Part One)

Sometimes we have to dig around the dirt in order to plant something new, beautiful and well-rooted. This post is the first of two parts of a teaching on healing the past. Before you go forward, stop and pray. Ask God to open the eyes of your understanding to anything He may want to reveal to you.

posted @ Friday, November 01, 2013 5:23 PM | Feedback (1)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Weaning Unwanted Behaviors from your Life

Sometimes we complicate our own lives. I know, quite an understatement for most of us. We indulged in addictions or behavior partly to sooth ourselves in the complicated mess we were in, and the result was…more complications.

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 4:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Are You Looking Back with Gratitude or Regret?

Looking back at what our slavery to __________________ (name your area of addiction or destructive behavior) has cost us can be both beneficial and harmful. The indicator of which side we are on is discovered by asking ourselves, “Does this thinking result in gratitude or regret?”

posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 4:54 PM | Feedback (1)

Friday, October 11, 2013

To Reach the Destination Requires Determination

In recovery we will always encounter people and situations that want to divert us from the path of wellness and wholeness. The Lord promises us a way out when we are challenged to fall back (1 Cor. 10:13). But the decision is always ours whether to take his way or our old way.

posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 4:54 PM | Feedback (2)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sometimes Depression Comes from a Matter of Perspective

It is important for us to understand depression triggers (fear and anger being the most common), first, so that we can see the signs and take action against depression before it arrives, and second, so that we can ask God for specific helps.

posted @ Friday, September 27, 2013 2:07 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Accepting and Understanding Change

Few people like change. It has a destabilizing effect on us. And if we do not accept it, before we know it, we begin thinking of that one consistent thing in our lives—our addiction. It has been said that resisting change is like holding your breath; if you succeed, you will die.

posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:22 AM | Feedback (0)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Interview with a Recovering Emotional Vampire

If we have not walked a few miles in their shoes, we do not have the right to pass sentence on their motives. The best we can do is to listen to the heart of the matter and follow a few simple guidelines. Obviously, the addict’s actions must be policed and consequences must become reality. That still does not mean that we “understand.”

posted @ Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:23 PM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Devil’s 12 Step Program

The enemy of our souls takes the same approach – his plan starts with a decision too – exactly opposite from any healthy life-changing program. He wants people to deny that they’re powerless over anything. Since the beginning of time, the devil’s agenda has been to trick man into thinking that he doesn’t need God. Satan knows that he’s already got a foothold on you if you have an addiction and he never wants you to get better.

posted @ Sunday, July 21, 2013 11:38 PM | Feedback (11)

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Lies We Believe

Some examples of lies we believe and tell ourselves is "Nobody cares about me", "I am not important", "I am not worthy"; "No one cares", "I will never get better", "I am such a loser", and many more. It is so interesting that this verse says we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.

posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 4:41 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Will God Help Me Get Rid of this Anger?

Get a grip on our anger. Many times as we begin this journey from our addictions, we find that underneath the substances or sexual addiction there is anger. After we have left the addiction and have become abstinent from it, then the anger comes with a vengenance.

posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:55 PM | Feedback (4)