OVERCOME ADDICTION THROUGH CHRIST

ALIENATION FROM GOD

 

The enemy does not want us to remember so he can blind us, make us forget, and thus alienate us from the life of God. Ephesians 4:18 says:

 

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

FOUR FUNCTIONS FOR YOUR MEMORY

 

God has a fourfold function for our memory:

 

  • to bring conviction, like Peter
  • to be a form of protection against repeating our godless behavior
  • to promote stability
  • to promote fellowship

 

REMEMBERING BRINGS HOPE

 

The weeping prophet Jeremiah listed in painful detail his feelings of depression in the Book of Lamentations chapter 3. The very least of his troubled spirit is expressed in verse 5:

 

“He has built up [siege mounds] against me and surrounded me with bitterness, tribulation, and anguish”

 

In addition, notice what he says in verse 20:

 

 “My soul has them continually in remembrance and is bowed down within me.”

 

He is weighted down with the memory of his troubles. Then the prophet suddenly gushes forth some of the most precious words ever spoken. Beginning with verse 21 and through verse 26 we read:

 

“But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him {inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word]. It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.”

 

Remembering brings hope!

 

CAUSES OF ADDICTIVE-COMPULSIVE LIFESTYLE

 

With this foundation of the importance of remembering having been laid, we will now look at the biblical insight into the ten conditions of the mind which will produce an addictive-compulsive lifestyle.

 

Dr. Earl R. Henslin, a Christian who is a Doctor of Psychology and author of the excellent work, Forgiven and Free, says:

 

“Addiction is anything that consumes the focus of our attention: anything that distracts us from God, anything that prevents us from facing ourselves, or anything that hinders us from being emotionally available in our relationships. Thus, addiction encompasses an almost limitless range of substances or activities –anything from alcohol to potato chips to exercise to gambling. And addiction is any compulsion we become obsessed with, anything that becomes our main attraction and hinders our ability to be in relationship with God or with people.”

 

As we study each of the ten conditions of the mind, consider what addictive-compulsive behavior you think that state of mind might produce. I suggest a few, but you can expand on these. With each mind-set, you will find a biblical example. With the help of Dr. Herbert Lockyer’s great book, All the Men of the Bible, I have included men in the Bible whose actions seem to reflect the mind- set.

 

ENTER DEMONIC SPIRITS

 

There are also certain demonic spirits that are specifically responsible for these addictive-compulsive mind-sets. We will identify them by name and reference them without comments. Biblical Therapy researchers have identified 14 demonic spirits recorded in the Scriptures that perform certain tasks assigned to them. It is not surprising that the characteristics of these demonic spirits would also be identifiable in

these destructive mind-sets.

 

DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION

 

This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.