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					Breaking
Addictions
   1 Corinthians
      6:19, 20
Do you struggle with an
addiction? Or, do you
know someone who does?
 ADDICTION, WHAT IS IT?
• An addiction is any thinking or
  behavior that is habitual,
  repetitious, and difficult or
  impossible to control. Usually the
  addiction brings short-term
  pleasure, but there may be long-
  term consequences in terms of
  one’s health and welfare.(Keith Smith)
  ADDICTION, WHAT IS IT?
• Most experts believe that all
  addictions have two components:
 –The first component is the obsession,
  which is a mental preoccupation or
  craving.
 –The second component of the
  addiction is the compulsion, which is
  behavior that lives out or acts out the
  mental obsession.
ADDICTION, IS IT A DISEASE?

• There are contradictory views
 –Some say it is a disease.
 –Some say that it is not a disease.
• Minirth-Meier Clinic, the doctors do not
  call addiction a disease. They call it a
  disorder. They say, “It is vogue these days
  to refer to addiction as a disease. The
  problem with that word is that it sounds like
  something you catch, like a virus, rather
  than something you choose to do.
  Recovery does not take place until the
  addict takes responsibility for his or her
  choices. By calling addictions such as
  alcoholism diseases, we risk conveying that
  the addict is not responsible for the
  addiction.”
ADDICTION, IS IT A DISEASE?
• Addiction is a choice.
• Every addiction is 100% curable if
  the addict is willing to take
  responsibility for his or her
  actions.
 Addictions, What Are Some?
• It is impossible to mention all
  addictions, but we shall mention
  some of the most common ones!
Chewing And Dipping
Whiskey And Beer
Smoking
Prescription Drugs
ILLEGAL DRUGS
Gambling
Gambling
 Addictions, What The Bible Teach?
• 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for
 me, but all things are not helpful. All things
 are lawful for me, but I will not be brought
 under the power of any.
 What did Paul mean when he said, "I
 will not be mastered by anything"?
The Greek word (exousiazo) means “to control,
bring under the power of.” Paul would not allow
himself to be brought under the control of anyone
or anything.
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 (NKJV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is the

temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom
you have from God, and you are not your
own? For you were bought at a price;
therefore glorify God in your body and in your
spirit, which are God’s.

What is so special about our
bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)?
 How can these verses help us to
   overcome our addictions?
• “Our bodies are considered a temple where the
  Holy Spirit lives. God the Spirit lives inside of all
  Christians. Many people say they have the right
  to do whatever they want with their own bodies.
  When we become Christians, we were brought
  with the price of the blood of Jesus, therefore, we
  no longer own our bodies. If we live in a building
  owned by someone else, we try not to violate it.
  Because our bodies belong to God, we must not
  violate His building. We must not pollute God's
  temple with the addictive sins of the flesh”. (Adapted
  from Keith Smith)
 Addiction, How To Overcome!
• Realize that you need God’s Help!
• Realize that Satan will do anything to
  get you and he works on your
  weakness point.
• Admit you have a problem.
• Take responsibility for your behavior.
• You may need professional help
• Have good friends to help you.

				
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