Last week we looked at what addiction is… today we would look at how to deal with it and why Isolating yourself is never the solution. . .
To isolate a person or a thing is to separate or detach from others. One is not necessarily isolated when alone, but just to get the person to “Feel” or “Believe” they are alone.
Usually voices like “It’s only you going through it”, “Nobody will understands” etc. or just the shame of sharing such behaviours to a fellow brother and sister can bring about a feeling of isolation.
Every form of addiction has been dealt with by believers in the past before, I know this because of 1 Corinthians 10:13. I also know that there is no such thing as a believer who is completely free from errors in his walk with God, but we have been encouraged to grow out of this errors as we fellowship with Him.
If he( the devil) makes you believe you are the only one who is suffering from this and convinces you to actually keep the habit within then it solves nothing.
How can we deal with this?
We can deal with this in two ways:
1. Through fellowship
2. Through Accountability
First of, we should understand God doesn’t expect Christians to operate as an island. This is very evident in the first church as the book of Acts shows us. Even more compelling evidence is Paul’s use of the word ‘body of Christ’ in his various letters, the Holy Spirit speaking through him allows us to understand that we as Christians operate as the body of Christ.
We are likened to members of a body as expressed in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, thus indicating that standing isolated is not a thing of the Spirit of Christ.
There are also instructions, teachings, on living as a body in Galatians 6:1-3. Verse 1”Brethern, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.”
Verse 1 is self-explanatory with two key phrases “restore such with a gentle spirit” and secondly “being your brother’s keeper” so that he too will not be tempted.
Verse 2 speaks on bearing one another’s burden. Now burdens are what weigh you down on your Christian walk with God. Addiction is a good example.
Verse 3 are for two sets of people, those either too ashamed or too proud, “For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing he deceives himself” and this is what addiction does it creates this indifferent attitude in the long run.
In Philippians 2:1-4, the scripture speaks on the church fellowshipping in oneness but verse 4 is particular addresses this issue “Do not merely look for your own personal interests but also the interests of others” interest in this case will include the individuals perception of their reality in Christ.
So to sum up all this have a person or a people who you can fellowship with and at the same time (may be one or two persons who you believe are grounded and will check up on you) discuss some of this things with them, paying attention properly to Christ and confessing your nature in prayer will always work, add that to a person who you are accountable to ideally the person who disciples you
In Conclusion, the grace of God is available so as to live for God, not focusing again on our errors/sins but Jesus finished work. This allows us to concentrate on growth (relationship) through the knowledge of His word rather than taking a sin/no sin registry every day. The bible has already confirmed your citizenship as a family of God when you live for Christ. (Ephesians 2:18-19 for a better understanding from verse 1) 2 Corinthians 5:17-21(Emphasis on 20) we are called ambassadors of Christ.
Therefore in Paul’s letters he concentrates on educating and instructing churches on how to live this new life.
Consider this when a child is born it is in his genetics to be able to walk on two legs, talk, gasp things and think for himself but he needs an adult to actually bring out those features, to show him how it’s done, to teach the child. We can clearly see this when Paul calls out to the church in Ephesus to imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1) followed by the instruction to walk in love in verse 2, why can we walk in love? Because we have the Spirit of God which produces his character within us “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).
So how do you defeat addiction? Enrich your Spirit with God’s word which is the truth regarding your new nature, also remember this even if it persists continue for we know there is only a temporary moment were the truth about your nature can be concealed by such behaviours, continue to walk in faith by your new nature not allowing what you do that defy what has been done weigh you down. For it is only natural for you to bear fruit as you keep in mind the understanding of His word for it is in our new nature to bear fruit.
In the book of John 15: 1-5.
Jesus expresses as Christians we bear fruits. His will is not to cut anyone but a statement of truth is said there.
Those who do not bear are going to be cut of, for you not to bear is for you not to have the Holy Spirit and for one not to have the Spirit is for one to not have accepted the gospel or has gone out of the faith and teaching their own doctrine.
I close with Colossians 3:1-4,
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, Where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Verse two “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Verse 3 “For you have died and your Life is hidden in Christ in God.
Verse 4” When Christ who is our life is revealed, then you will be revealed in him in glory.
Verse 5”Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”
If you wish you can read this up to verse 17, it’s an uplifting chapter, remember Paul was just showing new born how to live in Christ because the ability now exists since they now possess eternal Life just like you and I. Don’t compare them with your errors Live them because you can now.
Bible Translation used was New American standard bible (NASB).
Seun Ajia enjoys writing, discussing and reading about who we are in christ, the totality of all He has promised and what we have inherited in him. He also has an Msc in Accounting and Finance.