Addiction

<<compulsion, craving>>

The surrender to, and coming under the control of, a detrimental habit or substance requiring more and more repeats to satisfy the craving desires created within a person by the abuse. What was initially pleasurable becomes compulsive, interfering with ordinary life responsibilities as a spiritual stronghold is established. As Christian’s we are to practice self-control and refrain from what would defile our body, the temple or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit aware the devil is prowling like a lion ready to infiltrate any weakness in our defenses (1 Cor 6:19, 9:27; 2 Cor 6:17; Gal 5:22,23; 1 Pet 5:8). The Bible says we are not to be slaves to sin but to abstain from sinful practices and put off the works of darkness and replace them with the desirable godly qualities (Rom 6:5,6, 13:12; 1 Pet 2:11). Paul said, "I have the right to do anything but I will not be mastered by anything" (1 Cor 6:12). We should instead be ‘addicted to Christ’. "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age" (Tit 2:11,12).

We are to be alert and pray, for although we desire to do right our flesh is weak (Mt 26:41; Rom 7:18,21).  Do not rely on your own will power to resist the tactics of the enemy, rather accept the invitation of Jesus to come to Him and join forces with Him, for if the Son sets you free you are truly free (Mt 6:13, 11:28,29; Jn 8:36; Jas 4:7,8).

“A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him...whether you are slaves to sin which leads to death or to obedience that leads to righteousness” (Rom 6:16; 2 Pet 2:19). What we focus on we become passionate about, which can become an idol in our lives. Bad habits are easy to start but hard to break because destructive vices have immense power 

   Has something inappropriate           got a foothold in my life?

or control. Such evil forces require breaking through deliverance and discipline with accountability to come into freedom. Alcohol, drugs, craving for certain foods, gambling, pornography and masturbation are addictions which can take over a person’s life in response to the desire to fill a void or because of the fear of facing painful emotions. Excessive fitness, TV viewing, shopping and involvement in sports are areas that also need to be monitored so they do not consume your time, money or become addictions and idols.

The Bible teaches we are to rule our own spirit, otherwise we are defenseless and at the mercy of whatever comes against us (Prov 25:28). Crucial to our recovery and maintaining freedom is self-control, discipline, eating a balanced diet and engaging in society such as regular church attendance. Don't think about the power that sin had over you in the past or

Stand firm and don't become a slave                         again – Galatians 5:1

how to gratify the desires of the flesh, rejoice in the power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in you now (Rom 13:14). Often the road to recovery and wholeness is a roller-coaster, with an occasional relapse. Do not see this as failure and a reason to give up, rather may it inspire you to walk close to God and experience the victory that is legally yours because of His sacrifice on your behalf. 

See also: alcohol, bondage, deliverance, drugs, failure, food, gambling, give up, habits, idol/idolatry, pornography, put off/put on, self-control, self-discipline, sexual sins, slave, strongholds.

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