• Heart of the Matter: Addiction

    Addiction! Most times when we say the word addiction, it is synonymous with a bad habit that in our own strength most often we can’t give up.
    The American Society of Addiction Medicine states on its website that addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain. In other words, it is something that is habitual!
    An addiction causes physical and mental dependency on a particular person, place or thing, whereby the addict is unable to stop the activity without incurring adverse effects. I also believe that some people are predisposed to certain addictions because of lifestyle choices and possibly upbringing. That’s not to say that everyone doesn’t have a choice, because there are children that grow up in households where both parents are alcoholics and they choose never to drink, while others can drink responsibly; and yet others, that first drink did them in and they too, become alcoholics.
    With that being said, not all addictions are alcohol or drug related. Many people suffer from addictions to food, gambling, pornography, sex and other people!
    Having been addicted to many things in my life, I can attest to the fact that addiction of any kind takes you too far and keeps you too long; and before you know it things have spun out of control and you’re asking yourself “how did I get here?”
    The Word of God tells us that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy; and addiction is one of the ways he accomplishes that. Addiction steals your self-esteem and pride, it kills relationships and destroys your health. Addiction is progressive and if not addressed and treated, can result in disability or premature death; and there’s nothing that would please the devil more than you dying and not living out the good and perfect plan that God has for your life!
    Evil is real and it has a way of taking hold in a person’s life. If you are battling addiction of any kind I implore you to seek help, but more importantly, seek God for healing and restoration. “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord……” Jeremiah 30:17.
    If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ into your life and you are battling something bigger than you, the Word of God says that “For the battle is not yours, but God’s!” So let go and let God and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today! God tells us in His Word that “He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He didn’t do that just for me, but for you as well; and that “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    How marvelous is that? That you don’t have to make the difficult journey of rehabilitation alone! We serve a mighty God, who calls us “More than conquerors”!
    May your life be free from bondage!

    Peace and blessing from Elder Lanell Otey!

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