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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How Should Christians View Addiction?

My prayers are with Whitney Houston as she battle her demons of addiction....there  reports that Whitney  have re-enter rehab.....if you never had a love one to battle the demons of  addiction  you really don't understand  the  kinda of pain that comes with addiction....especially when that love one is a Christian......when you hold up the banner of Christianity people expect your struggles to be some what  easy..... the addiction for the Christian is unnatural and I believe  it's so much harder.....because we are instruct “to occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in Christ" until His return....it's hard to do this when your heart desires are some place else....we are to “love the Lord, God, with all  our heart and with all our soul and with all our might” 

For the Christian to be addicted  to  anything other than Jesus  Himself is wrong......Jesus  is the only thing we can (and should) occupy ourselves with habitually....to do so with anything else draws us away from Him and displeases Him.....He alone is worthy of our complete attention, love, and service....to offer these things to anything or anyone else is idolatry....when Jesus says He won't it all that's what He mean.Got Question?org.

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  1. Thank you for addressing this issue. Addiction is a huge problem in the church, and the nation. TONS of prescription drugs were collected during the most recent Drug Take Back day. The American addiction to a “high” is making many drug cartels and gun runners very wealthy, enabling them to do more evil.

    Our heavenly Father knows us so well and loves us so much, that we are warned to FIRST, not be enticed.

    Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.- Deuteronomy 11:16

    Too many people only think of images as idols, and forget that idolatry begins in our heart, in our thinking, and then we act on those thoughts and emotions.

    Our Father wants us to be sober and not lose self-discipline for our own protection and preservation.

    The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. - 1 Peter 4:7

    Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8

    Avoiding and refusing to submit to things and people (including flesh/self) that consume us or distract us was never meant to take away freedoms, but to guard our souls from destruction (because there is a Destroyer, Satan)

    I really pray that more people choose God’s gift of “power, love & self-discipline”. After, all even Paul express great struggle to keep on the right path.

    I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. - Romans 7:15

    May we be filled with the love that is required to withstand the desires of flesh, that are sure to entice us, including that desire to destroy the very self we are commanded to love.

    For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. - Galatians 5:13-16

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  2. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me..." I am firmly convinced that addicts make their drug of choice their God. It replaces absolutely everything else in their lives and most certainly replaces God in their lives. The acquiring of the drug to satisfy their craving for it replaces all the Godly behavior they ever knew.

    Whitney Houston may be wealthy enough to afford her addiction without walking with the devil to satisfy it, but most addicts don't all in her category financially. My son, 36 years old, has used drugs since he was 12. He has been rapidly going down hill for the past four years. He no longer has a conscience, breaks almost all of The Ten Commandments, has done things so evil and disgusting that he calls himself an animal and leaves a trail of emotionally harmed victims behind in numbers so many it would astound you.

    During each of his three tries in a rehabilitation facility he has reached out to God, something he continues once he re-joins society. After a month or so, he stops going to church, stops referring to God, and begins his descent once again. Before he and we know it he's doing the devils deeds and is high again. Absolutely NOTHING and NO ONE else matters to him other than getting his next fix.

    Do I as his mother believe that God loves him? Yes, I do. I believe that for a reason most certainly unknown to me this is the path God has allowed him to be on. I live daily with the fear of my son's death and yet I have peace that even that is in God's hands. Meanwhile, I pray that my son will be healed of his drug addiction and I try to hold the rest of my family together with the help of God.

    Living with my son's addiction has made me a weary and heartbroken woman. Jesus holds the yoke of burden for me during the times I cannot carry it myself. Please pray for my son and all addicts. I truly believe that "recreational" drugs are a tool of the devil himself.

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  3. Judi, I certainly pray for you and your son. Please do not give up hope. In my family I have seen alcoholism and heroin addiction. Monica and I have a good friend who was addicted to alcohol, cocaine and heroin all at the same time. She had her journeys in and out of rehab too. She hustled her body, stole, lived on the streets, suffered abusive relationships and has been close to deaths door more than once. She also has AIDS. And, she also has other challenges enough to kill most people. God loves your son and He loves my friend. She is one of my heros, blessed by God for sure. She is now thriving, teaching, successful, working hard, a role model, blissfully married, healthy and happy. I believe she survived for a reason. Her life is a blessing for those who love her, know her and are taught by her. It can happen, it does happen. Know that addiction can not be healed. My friend struggles every single day. It is a lifelong struggle. Knowing that is important. May your faith and hope keep you strong, Judi.

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  4. @BLUEBUTTERFLY thanks for your comment....Its a heartbreaking thing to watch an individuals go through pain like this.

    I don't believe any one intentionally sets out to become a full-fledged drug addict or alcoholic....yet despite all the warnings millions of people become addicts.

    @Judi thanks for your comment...(((((((big hug)))))my prayers are with you and I feel your pain....I'm a mother of a addict also.....Judi I believe God cares about(your son and mind)the chemical dependent person and wants the best for them.

    Hosea 4:11 says, “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”
    I believe the heart is where our natural God-given emotions are...to have the heart taken away by a addiction is like taking away our desire for natural things that God has given us; like family, healthy relationships, good work, and moral ethics.

    @Jackie thanks for your comment and encouraging words to Judi and my self....it's good to be remind that if God do it for one He will doing it for another.

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  5. I think Christians should view addiction as the deceptive work of the devil. One minute you're having recreational fun experimenting and feeling good. Deep inside you know you shouldn't be doing it - but the devil lies to you and leads you to believe that you can indulge and quit at anytime with no harm done. Then the next thing you know you wake up one day and realize that you have become totally dependent on a chemical substance that eats up your health, moral standards, relationships, and finances. It's something that most people don't see until they're too deep in it. At which point all that matters to them is the drug.

    But despite Satan and his lies, I know from experience that one can get out of it and stay out. However, defeating this battle begins and ends with the addict who has to want change for themselves. They have to mentally & spiritually bind that demon and be committed to actively pursuing the victory. That means cutting off all ties and any connections to the drug including friends and others who are even remotely involved in it. Fighting the deceptive allure of the drug will be an ongoing battle for the rest of their life. But I'm a witness that it can be done.

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  6. IT ALL STARTS WITH THE FAMILY HER MOM ,WELL SHE SAW SO MUCH SHE HAS BEEN IN A FIGHT FOR HER LIFE FOR SOME TIME NOW. SHE IS IN GODS HANDS

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  7. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me..." I am firmly convinced that addicts make their drug of choice their God. It replaces absolutely everything else in their lives and most certainly replaces God in their lives. The acquiring of the drug to satisfy their craving for it replaces all the Godly behavior they ever knew.

    Whitney Houston may be wealthy enough to afford her addiction without walking with the devil to satisfy it, but most addicts don't all in her category financially. My son, 36 years old, has used drugs since he was 12. He has been rapidly going down hill for the past four years. He no longer has a conscience, breaks almost all of The Ten Commandments, has done things so evil and disgusting that he calls himself an animal and leaves a trail of emotionally harmed victims behind in numbers so many it would astound you.

    During each of his three tries in a rehabilitation facility he has reached out to God, something he continues once he re-joins society. After a month or so, he stops going to church, stops referring to God, and begins his descent once again. Before he and we know it he's doing the devils deeds and is high again. Absolutely NOTHING and NO ONE else matters to him other than getting his next fix.

    Do I as his mother believe that God loves him? Yes, I do. I believe that for a reason most certainly unknown to me this is the path God has allowed him to be on. I live daily with the fear of my son's death and yet I have peace that even that is in God's hands. Meanwhile, I pray that my son will be healed of his drug addiction and I try to hold the rest of my family together with the help of God.

    Living with my son's addiction has made me a weary and heartbroken woman. Jesus holds the yoke of burden for me during the times I cannot carry it myself. Please pray for my son and all addicts. I truly believe that "recreational" drugs are a tool of the devil himself.

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