Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Are we being enslaved by a habit, practice, drug, desire, religion, craving, or emotion? When we try to end our addiction do we fail or fall deeper? Or do we join ourselves to another addiction? Is an addiction to God the answer?
No. Addiction is a stronghold. We need to get free from the stronghold of addiction. Not replace one addiction with another. Be aware of blind guides — those who tell us there is a way, other than Christ, to be free from whatever keeps us in bondage. They don’t know the truth. John 8:36 Who the Lord has set free is free indeed.
We are no longer slaves, but free men when we choose to put our faith, trust, and hope in Christ. Romans 6:14 Addiction is idolatry, that is, the worship of a relationship, substance or behavior that replaces a love of, trust and faith in, God.
Religion becomes addiction when we do our [godly] works out of an unhealthy obsession to be loved and find worth. We have the assurance in Christ that God already loves us. That should be enough of a reason to have faith and trust in God, and true love for God. Works and addictions to God will not coerce God into loving us more.
1. Have faith. If you want to please God, and stop being addicted, repent, and have faith in Him. It is impossible to please God without faith.
Galatians 5 1IN [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
2. Be satisfied with what God has given you. When you realize the extent of His love for you and all he has done for us, your faith will increase.
Proverbs 21:17 17 You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life! The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.
Jeremiah 2:25 25“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? But you say, ‘I can’t help it. I’m addicted to alien gods. I can’t quit.’
3. When you repent, be honest with God and yourself. God already knows the truth, so there’s nothing you can say that will surprise him.
John 3:21- Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
4. Don’t follow the way of the world. No matter how easy it seems, the end is total separation from God.
- 2 Timothy 3:1 Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.
Ephesians 4:17 And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.
5. Choose your input wisely. You are free to say, “no”. Don’t be tempted or humiliated into following the wrong group, person, crowd, or leader. 2 Peter 2:10 God is especially incensed against these “teachers” who live by lust, addicted to a filthy existence. They despise interference from true authority, preferring to indulge in self-rule. Insolent egotists, they don’t hesitate to speak evil against the most splendid of creatures. Even angels, their superiors in every way, wouldn’t think of throwing their weight around like that, trying to slander others before God.
6. Refuse to become a slave again to sin. All addiction is sin.
34John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin. 35Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever. 36So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.