Monday, July 25, 2022

Addiction, what is it?

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Proverbs 25:28 (ESV), “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls".

Merriam Webster's Dictionary defines addiction as, “a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence". But, what can we glean from the scriptures about addiction?

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls". Proverbs 25:28 ESV. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life". Proverbs 4:23 ESV

Gleaning from the quoted scriptures, addiction is obviously a product of a lack of self-control consequent upon an unguarded heart or lack of vigilance. Simply put, to be addicted is to be enslaved by one's appetite.

Should a child of God be addicted? No. Are there children of God who are addicted? Oh, Yes! Is being addicted a hopeless case? No, it isn't.

Jesus in Matthew 13:24-25 (KJV), put forth a parable saying, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way."

You see, you're not weak because you were ordained to be weak, you're weak because you lost control of your strength; you slept.

Are you addicted and desire freedom? Wake up from your sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you (Ephesians 5:14). Remember that Christ is in you and He is greater than addictions.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, shine your light on my darkness.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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