slides from today > Goliath 16 – Addiction (final)
Jesus’ desire is that you would have life to the full. If there is any voice saying you’re not going to do it, you can’t accomplish it, things are never going to change – that voice, is not Jesus. Be certain of that.
It is not God’s plan for you to live with a giant in your life demoralizing you and robbing God’s glory in your life.
Your freedom and God’s glory are intertwined. These giants must go down.
Addictions – the big ones are there but all of us have some. Alcohol. Drugs. Weed – illegal or not is not the question – is it something I must have to function? Addicted to money – can’t get enough. Sex/porn – and that voice that says, “you’re never going to be free of this.” Stuff/toys – just go and buy something. It takes my mind off what I don’t want to think about… “retail therapy”. Accomplishments/awards/promotions – quickly we look to what accomplishment comes next. Adrenaline – some of us are addicted to the rush. Pain – some of us seek pain on purpose. Other people – we’re addicted to hearing from them.
We are the most over-stimulated people in the history of mankind and bored at the same time. We’re addicted to all manner of things. We were created dependent on God for God. We all have a dependent tendency.
The #1 addiction of all (I think) is the Approval of Others. It really matters what other people think. Instagram has a “like” box. Post a picture and wait. And wait. You wait to see how many approvals you get.
If Instagram is where you’re getting your approval and it is your addiction … it will kill you.
What is it masking underneath that I don’t want to deal with?
Under the alcohol, drugs, materialism, money, accomplishments, sex, porn and approval of others there is usually something else. And usually it is a person. Someone in our world made us feel rejected, inflicted pain on us emotionally, psychologically, physically or relationally and made us feel inadequate, belittled, betrayed or abandoned.
Underneath all these drugs is a fear of failure – “I just can’t cope, and I need something to help me.” Loneliness is under many of these addictions. Focusing on why I am addicted to porn or to success or to the need for approval isn’t going to open the doors to break the addiction. These addictions are symptoms of a deeper problem. What you are running from is the deeper question. Go to that root source. The addictions you run to are medication for a deeper wound. Healing comes when you face down the deeper wound and deal with it.
Unless I’m willing to look underneath the addictions and figure out what it is in my heart and face up to whatever it is, the giant of addiction is not going to fall in my life.
GO … TO … THE … PAIN.
McManus – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” James 1:2-4
You will face as many trials as there are colors in the spectrum. It’d be boring to face the same issue over and over but many of you are. You just keep repeating the same thing over and over. You may not have figured this out yet, but you can’t escape a gauntlet you have to go through. You cannot escape a trial you must go through. If you keep running from it, you will just keep running back to it.”