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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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