Addictions grow best in the dark. We all have some type of vice, what’s yours? In this episode I talk about both the neurological and Biblical perspective of harmful addictions.

Why does God allow addiction to happen that literally destroys people and their loved ones?

Definition – the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

  • It all starts in the brain! You brain is a reward seeking machine.
  • Studies show that your frontal lobe, is what processes plot and narrative… We all love a good story!
  • Anytime you do something pleasurable… eating, reading, working out, watching a movie, making a baby, your brain links these pleasures to a reward and releases a neurotransmitter dopamine… it’s like getting a hit.
  • Your brain rewards you even at the thought of a pleasurable activity.
  • The interesting thing is that this same reward system plays a role in drug and alcohol addiction as well as other harmful and destructive addictions.
  • You may be dealing with a loss, death, divorce, suffered as a child, and the thought (although unhealthy) of drinking after work, taking a pill, or drug, gives me that hit of dopamine… because I know I’ve got problems but later I’m going to do something to forget about them… then you get caught in a vicious cycle called a “reinforcement loop”
  • The Bible also talks about addiction, the Bible calls it idolatry, because we become mastered by things that aren’t always good for us.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

  • This word mastered can also be defines as controlled by or enslaved. It means to be brought under the power of something.
  • Caffeine, smoking, social media, your appearance, your body. working out, drugs, prescription drugs, pornography, gambling, Xbox, PlayStation, shopping.
  • Take a moment and be honest about something that may be mastered you.

We’re seeking to find what only god can provide.  

We want peace so we look for it in other things.

1. Acknowledge you have a problem.

Only acknowledge your guilt— you have rebelled against the Lord your God… Jeremiah 3:13

2. Don’t gratify your fleshly desires.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. Galatians 5:16-17

3. Don’t keep your addiction a secret.

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13

4. Depend on God’s power, not your own.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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