Spiritual Aspect of Addiction
Drug addiction is a physical, mental, emotional, social and SPIRITUAL BATTLE. Drugs and alcohol are the most severe forms of addiction, but there are many other insidious strongholds or habits that cause the disintegration of relationships, creativity, productivity as well as physical, mental, emotional and spiritual destruction. And consequently, if not addressed leads down a path of unhappiness, misery, addictions and ultimately spiritual death. And until we know the truth about the fight we are in we can't even begin to win the battle.
We will start with the Bible; nobody has ever been able to disprove prove the Bible, but still many try and often become Christians in the process. Most of us were not in World War II but we know that it happened, still nevertheless there are those to this day that claim there was no holocaust. Also look at all of world history is based on the name of Jesus Christ: B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. for: Anno Domini translated as In the year of our Lord.
Jesus said: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. —John 10:10
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. —2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible warns us to believe the scriptures and that there will be no excuses not to have believed in the end. The good news is that God wants what is best for you and me and has a plan for your life. It is no coincidence that you have arrived here at this page, so continue reading. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. —Jeremiah 29:11
For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: —Romans 1:20
Whether we choose to believe it or not, does not change this truth, that we are in a spiritual battle, and all about us there are spiritual realms that try to derail us from God's purpose for our lives (the Bible tells us so). These battles rage all around us and the tactics of Satan are fully engaged in this conflict. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. —Ephesians 6:12
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. —Revelation 12:7-9
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18
God Almighty is creator of the entire universe which includes people and angels as well as the fallen archangel Satan. God gives us a choice between His good plan for our lives or a choice to go our own way as Satan did. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: —Deuteronomy 30:19
Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. —Nehemiah 9:6
So we are given the choice between the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life.
Everyone has experienced this spiritual battle to one degree or another especially those who have been addicted. Also, the world we live in is a testament to this fact. So how do we combat the spirit of evil which seeks to destroy us? God's Word says: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; —Ephesians 6:13-15 So how do we put on the full armor of God? Well it says, put on the full armor of God & get out feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
So what is the gospel of peace? For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. —John 3:16
who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
And we are no match for Satan without the power of God, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18
So we must be willing to submit to God and obey His word in order to receive His armor. God hates pride, it is the original sin and the reason Satan was cast out of heaven. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:
I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.—Ezekiel 28:17
Therefore we must humble ourselves and realize that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. —1 Peter 5:6-7 And it doesn't matter what the sin is God is faithful to forgive us when we ask in Jesus name. for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; —Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. —Romans 6:23 If we remain sinners, we will perish. However, if we turn to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and repent (a change of mind) of our sins, we will have eternal life and inner peace that only God can give.
Often we become so entrench or addicted to something we think there is no way out and that it would be too hard to change and just the vary thought is too overwhelming for us; yes, that is what sin does to us. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. —John 8:34 God is the only one who can truly free us from addiction or sin, we ourselves without God's help are only capable of replacing one addiction for another which is not freedom; or we think we are free of something only to struggle and fall back eventually. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. —John 8:36
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28 Therefore if we turn to Christ He is faithful to help us overcome addictions and do away with harmful patterns of living and thinking. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. —2 corinthians 5:17 And we start a new journey one filled with purpose and love, God's true purpose for your life.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
—1 Corinthians 2:9
We need to heed the warnings because none of us is guaranteed tomorrow and there is nothing in this life worth being separated from God and suffering for all eternity. So we need to ask Jesus for help, He is the only one who has the power to transform and save us. I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. —Revelation 1:18
The Bible warns us not to delay any longer.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. —Revelation 3:3
It would be foolish to think or assume that there is no Hell when the prophets and Jesus Himself warned us about this place throughout the whole Bible. How many times have you found yourself in hell-like situations here on earth wondering how and why you got there? And why would you risk eternity for anything here on earth which is going to be gone in a flash anyways? For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? —Mark 8:36
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. —Matthew 10:28 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: —Mark 9:43
If you are ready to turn to Christ as your Lord and Savior than say this simple prayer below to let God know that you chose life. We must believe the truth about God and His plan for eternity: If you lack faith ask God to give you faith. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. —Luke 11:9-10
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. —Mark 9:23-24
Also, go to church and Bible study, because: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Say this simple prayer below to let God know that you chose life:
Father God, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
The Lord also tell us we should go and get baptized: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. —Acts 2:38.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. —John 3:5-6.
You should tell others about you faith: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33
Also seek fellowship with other Christians. And get involved with a group of believing friends to answer questions and receive support. Also find a local church where you can fellowship, worship God and learn His Word. and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. —Hebrews 10:24-25
If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol then finding a Christian treatment program would be a good place to start also.
Also we need to work toward transformation or we will be susceptible to Satan's deceptions and could remain stuck in our muck, which can destroy the faith. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. —Romans 12:2Therefore In order to be successful Christians and receive the blessings and not the curses we must be obedient and diligent to receive God's Word therefore be transformed and line our thinking up with the Word of God. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. —Joshua 1:8-9
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. —Psalm 119:105
If we continue in prayer and Bible study and act in faith and learn to line up our thoughts with God's Word we will begin healing from our mental, emotion and Spiritual infirmities. Just like food we are what we eat and we are always feeding ourselves spiritually and what we take in is what we become. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; —2 Corinthians 10:5
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
The Christian walk is a learning process of continual improvement, and there will be ups and downs but God will help us through these as long as we don't give up. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. —Galatians 6:9
Here's the thing; the Bible and experience tells us that anything we use to fill a void in our lives that doesn't line up with the Word of God ultimately leads to misery or worse eternal destruction. It’s when we become so caught up in pleasing ourselves with deceptive pleasures and choosing our own way instead of following God's plan that eventually leads to pain and sorrow. The Bible even says that sin is fun for a season but its end is suffering. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. —Proverbs 14:12
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. —Jeremiah 29:11