Philippians 3:18-19 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
This post comes from from a yearning heart who is surrounded daily by men who are bound up in addiction. Men whose life’s have been defined by the result of their addictions, men who have lost everything because of their addiction. Why is it that today drugs, alcohol, and pornography have such a grip on men’s lives? Why is it that these very addictions have the power to destroy lives, families, and even communities? One writer put it this way, “Across our world it’s as though a sewer pipe has broken open. And tragically we seem to be getting immune to it! What was horrible yesterday is acceptable today and a stepping-stone for something worse tomorrow.” That is the poison of addiction and friends this ought to break our hearts.
Webster’s defines addiction as, “to surrender oneself to something obsessively or habitually.” Addiction is an compulsive, habitual behavior that limits our freedom. It is a mental prison that we surrender ourselves to because we “must have,” “want more,” and “can’t stop.” Addiction is a true form of idolatry and out of it springs the issues of life. Philippians 3:18-19 tells us when men walk with their god as their belly, glory in their shame, and with their minds set on earthly things, that they walk as enemies of the cross of Christ and their end is destruction.
The poison of addiction is a subtle dart that is being thrown by the devil. It gets its hook into you and then the devil gets a claw in your brain. You do it once and it wasn’t so bad, actually it felt good, and then a desire forms! But it doesn’t stay there, it escalates, your desire grows and what thrilled you and made you feel good, you want more of! Then comes the desensitization factor. You now no longer see these things as shocking, brutal, and wrong. You actually begin to think this is normal and are not repulsed by it. You see the poison of addiction has a way of seeping into our lives, when we leave our guard down! In Ephesians 6:10-11 Paul is addressing the Christians in Ephesus and he says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” And then later in verse 16 Paul says, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” You see outside of faith in Christ we are subject to the schemes of the devil. We are unprotected and the devils flaming darts of addiction take root in us. But as christians our faith in Christ is the shield we have been given to protect us. Ultimately what Paul is saying when we surrender to Jesus and put our faith in Him, He becomes our shield and protector! With Jesus as our shield, the subtle darts (poison of addiction) of the devil will first hit Jesus but will find no ground of accusation therefore they have no power to hurt you.
Addiction is spiritual suicide and God has purposed you for more than this! John 10:10 says, “But God wants you to have life, not death. Christ said, “I have come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly” God has purposed us to live an abundant life which glorifies Him! Bind yourself to faith in the truth of Jesus, His righteousness, and loose yourself from any works, false beliefs, or ideas about being able to take care of yourself! Keep the Word of God in the midst of your heart. “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
Do you get up in time to get alone and get God’s Word down in your heart? Meditate. Think God’s thoughts after Him. Load up on the word of God. It is absolutely imperative that you have a quiet time every day. Get up, fellowship with Jesus, and saturate your soul with the Word of God. Bathe yourself in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Make a solemn decision before God that by God’s grace and with His help, you’ll not fall prey to the poison of addiction. WE WERE MADE FOR MORE THAN THIS!