Addictions are like a rope that keeps us tied to something. We want to get away but we cannot. The more we want to get away the tighter the rope becomes. It’s not long before we start enjoying the addictions so we gravitate toward the things we are addicted to instead of moving forward.
Addictions come in many forms, mainly people places and things. Jobs that offer many promotions and wealth attract gifted people. It’s not long before the job has them instead of them having the job. It becomes an obsession where the person wants more and more and eventually the best isn’t enough.
The most talked about addictions are those to drugs, alcohol, pornography and self abuse such as anorexia and cutting. There is a certain rush and feeling of eerie ecstasy that leaves a person wanting to achieve that high once again. Unfortunately the first high is the highest and it makes people want more and more in order to achieve that ultimate high that was experienced the first time. It’s a bondage that creates a rapid downward spiral that seems like an achievement but is actually a rapid demise.
Addictions to people are also difficult to overcome because the person is drawing others in emotionally and is available to everybody but the ones attracted. There is something about that person that lures in a way that is almost seductive and exciting yet that person is only a pack of lies and falsehoods. It leaves people wanting more and more of absolutely nothing. These addictions are becoming more popular as the world is more tolerant of sin. The absence of God in society is creating an epidemic of narcissist spirits that entrap people. Not only is the narcissist addicted to his own self, the people around him become addicted as they become enchanted with a fairy tale type of behavior.
How do we walk away from such things that have us stuck like glue? The first step is realizing that without Jesus Christ we cannot. We must first acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. He not only saves us from hell, He saves us from ourselves, habits and situations that can harm us while on earth.
Jesus sets us free, truly. He will then grant us the wisdom, knowledge and discernment we need letting us know when we need to stay away or walk another path. The more we obey God the more He draws closer to us. The Bible will show us His ways. When we follow in His steps He holds our hand. Stepping out of His will and into disobedience means we are letting go of His hand that holds ours and keeps us from slipping.
God gives a gift of conviction. This isn’t a feeling of guilt like we would think but a sense of warning in our hearts that something doesn’t quite add up. Cling to these convictions because it will save us from a host of consequences later on if we avoid these traps.
Just one step at a time, moment by moment we can overcome all things through Jesus Christ. When we find ourselves in despair emotionally wondering how we are going to get through, concentrate on the moment at hand. We made it through one minute, now lets try for two. It’s never good to worry too far ahead because those worries may never happen.
Now it’s time to get busy about our Lord’s work. Idle time adds to the longings where temptations grow. God has opened up a new door of opportunity filled with its own excitements and joy. It’s not the eerie seductive entrapment type of excitement, it’s real.
John 8:36 New Living Translation
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
Romans 6:16 New Living Translation
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.