Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Addiction is Like Adultery

Addiction is like adultery. That's a bold statement to make, and yet I believe I have seen and heard enough to warrant such a thesis. As a counselor in a Christian recovery ministry, I'm still shocked by the selfish, untamed desire addicts have for their drug of choice.

Like an adulterer, an addict can't stop thinking about the substance they love and adore. They can't get enough, and the more they get, the more they want. Like an adulterer, an addict will lie incessantly to their wives and families in order to spend time with their lover -- the drug.

The lover has the addict's whole heart so that all thoughts and actions are focused away from all other things in their life. A fantasy world also begins. The vision and the yearning for the lover is on their mind at all times and even takes precedence over the needs of the children, their boss, their friends and all others.

The addict is so obsessed, he or she spends outrageous amounts of money on the lover and outrageous amounts of time figuring out how to be with the lover, please the lover, and have the lover please them.

This analogy could go on, but the point is, addiction is like adultery in that it destroys lives and is a major cause of separation and divorce.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Your Mind as the Battlefield

There is a constant struggle going on inside your mind. It’s a war between your old and new self. For people with a history of relapse, the old self often wins. Since the old self is not redeemed, it is still of the world and controlled by Satan. If Satan controls your mind, he becomes the filter by which all information is received. Even the Word of God gets interpreted incorrectly.

Since our minds lead our actions, the devil knows that if we think bad thoughts, we’ll act badly. Joyce Meyer wrote a book called Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind. In the first chapter, she explains that Satan is strategic and creates deliberates plans to defeat us.

Meyer brings this point home early in her book when she writes, “He (Satan) knows our insecurities, our weaknesses and our fears. He knows what bothers us most. He is willing to invest any amount of time it takes to defeat us. One of the devil’s strong points is patience.”

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Devil Has No Manners

As I was pondering the beauty of God and thinking about what a gentleman He is, I suddenly realized that the devil has no manners.

God is mannerly. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, we read about how he doesn't interfere when asked not to. We also read in the Bible that we are the ones who need to seek God. We are asked to pray, to read the Word, to go after God with all our hearts. God is always there for us, but He asks that we go to Him. Seeking God is then an act of love on our part.

On the other hand, the devil intrudes and infiltrates. He sees a small opening into our thoughts and lives, and he takes it. He is an opportunist, a thief, a stalker. The devil doesn't wait for his turn, nor is he ever silent. The devil lies non-stop and often gets louder when we ask him to stop.

The fact that the devil has no manners and is in our face helps to explain why people fall into temptation and why it's so hard to say no to drugs and alcohol. But armed with this knowledge, it is clear that Christians in recovery are wise to go hard after God.

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