Dealing with Addiction
As believers some people still genuinely deal with addictions and do really want to get over these distractions that clearly turn their eyes away from Christ. Addictions ranging from sexual immorality like watching porn and masturbation to things less talked about like overeating.
So What is Addiction?
Addiction is an uncontrollable urge to engage in an activity and if abstained from causes an unsettled nature for the individual, which ranges from an unsettled state of mind to being unable to perform normal tasks. So first of all addictions are usually taken up out of curiosity or situations, which becomes a habit and then becomes a force and at this point you can associate demons with it.
The purpose for addictions are two folds:
the first is to condemn you as a believer and the second is to isolate you from other believers.
Today we would be looking at the first part of the purpose for addictions.
Addictions are one of the devices that the devil uses to get a believer to concentrate on “Self” and not “Christ” which to be honest will be concentrating on the carnal flesh and not what “The Gospel” has said you are in Christ. Let’s use some scriptures to shine some light on who you are now and what has been done.
Romans 8:1-4 is a good place to start, the first good thing I have to say is in Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Is that not great, you are not a Christian to condemn yourself that’s the first thing we see.
Verse 2-4 tells us what has been done “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He Condemned sin in the flesh verse 4” so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit”
From these verses we establish some things, we were weak through the flesh and therefore could not live the life God had intended through the Law, Jesus death was to condemn sin in the flesh and we can now also walk in that victory when we walk by the spirit. In other words “YOU CANNOT SAVE OR BAIL YOURSELF BY YOUR STRENGTH” so stop trying to.
See try all the psychology classes and tips, it is not possible to bail yourself out and if you think you have it is only temporary in solution.
What to Actually Do?
You see as believers our source of strength, encouragement and support lies in scriptures because we are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body therefore it only makes sense to feed our Spirit man with the Word instead of concentrating on “who we are not” in terms of works.(addictions in this case)
In Paul’s letter to the Corinth in dealing with sexual immorality and other traits that do not describe a believer Paul clearly tells them they operated in those former fleshly nature but now they were washed, justified and satisfied.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
He reminded them of who they are in Christ, telling them who they were and now who they are using past tense to connote it had taken place and so they can live the Life (Christ oriented).
(You see the church in Corinth did enjoy spiritual gifts and did accept the gospel but at the same time we had those who used the gospel as an avenue to please their own lusts which Paul addressed in majority of 1 Corinthians chapters 1-6)
The power of God is the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:18-19, Romans 1:16-17) which is the revelation of his son to mankind, one in which the truth and eternal life lies within. Any form of addictions can be addressed through an understanding of what have been done on the cross and concentrating on that and that alone.
(Remember understanding indicates a study and not just memorising in parts or quoting without a proper understanding of how and why such verses where used in scripture (Understanding the context). Me memorising a formula is not the same as understanding the formula, understanding means no matter how the question is twisted because you understand each character in the formula you can still find your way round it, in memorising a simple twist puts the person off. The same thing with this world, understanding what has been done by Jesus allows us to actually pass through the problem, just knowing some verses “like that” exists doesn’t help much. You end up just knowing a bunch of scriptures but still turning to the world for an answer.)
We will now look at Romans 8:5, 9, 11 and 12
These verses brings into light that as a believer we should stay true to what the Word has said concerning us,
Verse 5 “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit the things of the Spirit”
This is a statement of truth and we know we are of the Spirit so we set our minds on the things of the Spirit, condemning yourself is not of the Spirit but of the flesh as we covered in the first 4 chapters, since those who are condemned are those not in Christ.
Verses 9 sheds light on our new nature through to verses 12
Verse 9“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone those not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. Verse 10 “If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness” verse 11 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
To summarise all this our new nature is based on our acceptance and reliance of his Spirit that dwells in us, it is because of this that our mortal body can be brought under the obedience to Christ.
“So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh”
A Statement of Truth
So understanding this is fundamental of getting past any form of condemnation that accompanies addiction since that is not what the new born has been called into. Standing on His finished work in Scripture and not the amount of time you fail to resist will actually do you better.
Next week we would look at how Isolating yourself doesn’t help and how you can deal with it. Have you ever faced any form of addiction and would like to share with me? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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♡ Bible Quote for the Day:
Ecclesiastes 11:9 KJV
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
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.