Welcome back to online bible study! Today we continue with our examination of modern idols and false gods as we discuss week five of No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. This week we started saying goodbye to functional gods, those things or people who actually operate as our god. When we make room for God in our lives, He fills the space with His presence, His love and His blessings. Declutter and find yourself near Him.
Kelly Minter had us digging through scripture as we examined the Isrealites manna complaints and saw how they craved more than God provided for them. Food, which is good for us, becomes a false god. When we relinquish control of our food gods, we open our heart, soul and minds to the blessings of the Father and an invitation to His banquet table. The Lord has been asking me to let of my food cravings, especially sugar and chocolate, my gods of choice. Initially I was afraid to give this up, because food feeds my emotional hunger. When I hurt, when I anger, when I’m lonely or depressed- food becomes a trusted friend. It’s readily available, sweetened with sugar, and instantly satisfying. It feeds my soul cravings. By giving up this functional god and eating healthy instead, I open myself up to allow God to feed my soul. He is my comfort when I hurt. He is my advisor when I’m angry. He is my friend. He lightens my load. The Father provides our soul needs, and food is simply a means of keeping our bodies healthy and alive. By giving up my functional god I open myself to a feeding from the Lord. Realizing this, I have been letting go and not grieving my false gods. I’ve watched my body physically change by losing weight and letting go of the excess load I was carrying. I carried the weight of my functional gods- and then walked in shame because I knew my body did not represent the identity Christ gave me. By giving my emotions to the Lord, and eating only to fuel my body and not my heart, I am living in freedom.
Last night I went to a steak restaurant with my family to celebrate our hard work in hosting a garage sale. As I sat before my expensive meal, I was unable to eat more than three bites. I was not hungry, did not crave my food gods, and my emotions were finding satisfaction in God. What a treat to realize how far I’ve come- and I’m certain it’s from the No Other Gods bible study! I’ve failed numerous diets because my heart and mind were not centered on God, they were centered on the food I was craving. As Kelly Minter writes “Leaving our false gods requires faith. We have to believe that where God wants to take us will be better than what we are clinging to, even if we can’t imagine it.”
I’m sharing my personal story because I’m going to ask you to share yours below. It’s time to say goodbye to your functional gods. What is God leading you to get rid of?
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Kelly Minter Quotes
- We cling because the painful familiar is often more comfortable than the foreign amazing.
- God uses scarcity in our lives to draw us to dependency on Himself.
- We deceive ourselves when we think our gods will bring us anything but leanness of soul.
- God wanted bread for their bodies so they could have meat for their souls.
- God’s promises aren’t necessarily realized without struggle.
- God’s love is so rich and refreshingly different than our often-limited views of love.
For Next Week
- Read Week Six in the workbook
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Think of an idol in life that can be categorized as good (I used the food example above). How is craving it different from wanting or needing it? (page 103 )
- How do you feed your soul?
- Is there something the Lord is asking you to no longer withhold from Him? What are the reasons why you’re afraid to give it over to Him? (page 117 )
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.