Question of the day, are you addicted to something and don’t even know it? Or know it and can’t control it? Read this.

Posted: January 5, 2013 in Addiction, Bible, Christ-like, Christianity, Christmas, God, heaven, Jesus, Life, Thoughts, Thoughts on God
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jesusI remember for years how I went through life more focused on my next high than what I was doing to myself as well as those around me. Now I am in the unenviable position of watching someone whom I have always loved dearly and respected go down the same ugly self-destructing path that I left in 1995. Addiction to anything is a slippery slope, and it will certainly lead to a path of destruction, often so slowly that you never even know you’re there until it’s too late. So what is an addiction?

The term addiction means to be controlled by, enslaved to, or compelled to engage in a particular habit or practice. It’s an urge or craving for something that may sometimes feel uncontrollable. Addiction does not only occur in drug dependencies but is demonstrated when people are mastered by anything from gambling and video games to sports and winning. What does the Bible say about addictions?

“Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

Drinking alcohol is permissible, being an alcoholic is a sin. Puffing smoke may be permissible, but being addicted to cigarettes, marijuana, and the like is a sin. Same goes for television, caffeine, money, celebrities, winning, music, tattoos, sex, types of food, etc.

Additionally, being drunk or high is a sin. Why? Because when one is under the influence of a substance he or she is mastered by that substance. Moreover, impurity, idolatry, and drunkenness can prevent one from going to Heaven without repentance (Galatians 5:19-21)

When we let an addiction master us in essence we make it our god. Why? Because we are essentially worshiping it, submitting ourselves to its will, serving its needs, doing what it says we should. When we do so we break Commandment #1 (Exodus 20:3). You MUST choose who you will serve: God, or your addictions. You can’t serve both (Matthew 6:24).

We don’t want to encourage legalism, but rather a relationship with Christ such that you read the Bible for yourself and let the Holy Spirit within discern what activities you should participate in. For clarity, we are not telling you it is a sin to toast with champagne or to watch your favorite clean tv show. If you find it ok to casually drink then confidently do so knowing you have freedom in Christ (1 Cor. 10:29-31; Colossians 2:16). Yet, also keep in mind we should never give Satan a foothold to lead us into sin either (Ephesians 4:27). So if the champagne toast may lead you to drunkenness don’t drink it. If you start becoming addicted to your favorite show don’t watch it for a while or stop watching it altogether if you need to.

Are you addicted to anything? (Drugs, pornography, chocolate, etc.)? We’ve been there and can give you the steps that will help you get clean and stay clean. If you’re serious about dropping the addiction please read the “How do I overcome temptation and stop falling to the same sins?” answer, make every effort to follow the steps and they will work!

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Comments
  1. Lyn Leahz says:

    I know another major one for many people is computers/internet/video games. These are probably up there at the top, along with alcohol and cigarettes, these days. God bless you! Another great article…… 😉

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