Addictions – Part 3
Replacing the Bad with the Good
In our country:
60 million smokers
40 million people visiting porn sites regularly
15 million show signs of gambling addictions
8 million eating disorders
3 million cocaine addicts
14 million use marijuana monthly
14 million alcoholics
The devil does not have authority over our lives
Why do we still struggle with addictions?
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
There is a physical side and spiritual side to addiction
I believe we have been freed from the spiritual control of addiction
We struggle with the physical desires for pleasure
REPLACE THE BAD HABITS WITH GOOD
The most affective good replacement is:
The Word of God
The Library of Congress lays claims to being the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 836 miles of bookshelves.
36 million books and other printed materials
2.7 million recordings
12 million photographs
4.8 million maps
58 million manuscripts.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,and do not return to it without watering the earthand making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
God’s Word goes out
God’s Word accomplishes what God desires for it to do
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Timothy 2:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God’s Word Brings: