Living Waters: Overcoming Addictions
Text: Mathew 6: 24-34
Addiction is the condition of being enslaved to a habit or practice to such an extent that stopping it would cause severe trauma. It is a compulsion. It is an abnormally strong craving for some thing or activity.
People can find themselves addicted to many vices these days. Addictions can fall into many categories that are both conscious and unconscious obsessions: drugs, lusts, bad habits, anger, vengeance, politics, intrigue, gossiping, selfishness, gluttony, envy, jealousy, leisure time activities, immorality, etc. Well-meaning people can even find themselves addicted to good things that block them from giving their primary love to the Lord Jesus.
James 1:13 -15 describes the cycle of temptation – from desire to action to consequences. The problem with addictions is that they offer short term relief (pleasure) but they also create long term problems (pain).
It is interesting to note that there is always a way out. (John 14.6).
The following are some of the Biblical guidelines for overcoming a variety of addictions.
- Whatever you allow yourself to be addicted to become one of your masters. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters.” Paul writes, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?(Romans 6:16-18)
- Ask the Lord’s help in giving your service exclusively to Him and His purposes. (Romans 6:19)
- Consider the advantages of being led by God versus the disadvantages of being led by your addiction. Paul writes, “The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8)
- Choose freedom rather than slavery. Paul writes, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
- Learn to live by the Spirit’s directive rather than your fleshly pleasures. Paul writes, “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Galatians 5:16)
- Consider the shame and eternal consequences of giving into your addictions. Jesus said, “Why do you call me “Lord, Lord: and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46) Then Jesus said, to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Luke 6:5) Since Jesus is Lord, He deserves to be Lord of all aspects of your life – your time, talents and activities.
In conclusion, the good news for those trapped in the sin of addiction is that Jesus Christ still delivers all who turn to Him
We once were held by Satan’s chains, Imprisoned by our sin; Then Jesus Christ delivered us, and made us new within.
- 1. Father, I thank you for your word of truth and revelation.
- 2. Lord of Hosts, please deliver me from every self-destructive spirit in the form of addictions in the name of Jesus.
- 3. I renounce and reject every spirit of addiction (mention the addiction e.g. drugs).
- 4. Heavenly father, uproot all forms of addictions from my life in the name of Jesus.