BIBLE READING: JAMES 1:12-15
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 (KJV).
An addiction is defined as ‘a habit or practice that damages, jeopardizes or shortens one’s life but when ceased causes trauma.’ It is also defined as ‘a pathological relationship to mood altering experiences that has life damaging consequences.’
Usually addictions begin as a search for something that makes you feel better, either as a result of an unpleasant experience or just to escape the realities of the harshness of life. No matter how they begin, they soon become desires that we are unable to control. It no longer is about escaping the pain or harsh reality, instead it becomes all about that temporary feeling of being high and free. James 1:14-15 says, when we are drawn away by our lusts, it leads to sin and then to death.
Addictions are a sin that eventually lead to death and till you begin to see it that way, you will never be free from it. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, sex, food, or whatever it is, it will shorten your life. What are the bad habits, sins and addictions that held us bound this year? As we prepare to enter into the new year, let us take responsibility and admit that there is a challenge and seek to root them out of our lives.
The first step to freedom is recognizing it for what it is, and then desiring with everything inside of you to get rid of it. By the power of the Holy Spirit, its hold over your life can be broken permanently. Next you need to talk to someone who has spiritual authority over you whom you trust, to pray with you and break the power of that addiction over your life, and then make sure you stay accountable to them as they help you set boundaries that will help you not to have a relapse, and you will be totally free in Jesus’ name.
Let us enter the new year in freedom from sin, weaknesses and addictions.
If you have any problem with any addiction, make a commitment to stop it and talk to your pastor or spiritual leadership about it today, and you have taken the first step to total freedom.