There are many addictions, from alcohol, drugs, gambling and sex to name a few. We have various treatment programs to assist us to overcome the various addictions. Many psychologists and psychiatrists make lots of money from those of us that have these different addictions.

First let me make it VERY clear, I am not making light of a addiction regardless of what it is. Once I was addicted to Afrin nasal spray. Yes, really! I kept it in 4 different places on the job, both medicine cabinets at home, on the bar between the living room and dinning room, both trucks and my wife’s car. In addition made her carry it in her purse. Think I was hooked?

Some years ago, I was addicted to porn, and the things I saw still bother me today. Once a picture is in your mind it is there forever, regardless of if you want it or not. This past Sunday the Pastor told of a man addicted to porn and how it almost destroyed his family and his relationship with God.

See this man was already a Christian-now before you get all bent out of shape-think what is it you struggle with? Christian stands for “Christ like.” I am and have been uneasy using that term for years because I KNOW, I am NOT Christ like! The Pastor said his problem with it was it had become a term that was just loosely used (my wording).

 

This paticular man went to counseling and felt he was doing ok. Then one day he found himself in a video store and looking at the X rated movies to get one. He felt Jesus was speaking to him about what he (we) was involved in he (we) took Jesus with him (us). At that point he ran from the store. Remember Paul wrote:

1st Corinthians 6:18, Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside the body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

Maybe we need to look at the name Christian in a latter blog, but today we are looking at addictions and how it effects our walk with Jesus. Plus what we can and need to do concerning these interruptions with that “special” walk.

Paul struggling with the truth stated:

Romans 7: 14-20, We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it but the sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do but the evil I do not want to do–this I keep doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is the sin living in me that does it.

Paul was not excusing his behavior, but instead admitting he wasn’t perfect and had frailties in his very being! But also stated:

Romans 6: 1-3 & 8-12, What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Now if we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. For we know since Christ raised from the dead, he cannot die again death no longer had mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. It the same way count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so you obey it’s evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body so you obey it’s evil desires.

John’s writing on this subject:

1 John: 1: 5-10, This is the message we heard from him and declare to you; God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

John didn’t play around with his words. He said, we did sin and if we pretended we didn’t we were LIARS but that did not excuse

us for sinning but we continually needed Jesus’ forgiveness, and should realize what our sin cost Jesus- the One that loved you and I more than the closest person you have in your life!

Jesus dealt with man’s failure of doing what he truly wanted to do:

Matthew 26:40-45 & 69-75, Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still resting? Look the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

 

Don’t you know these men truly wanted to stay awake and pray with Jesus?

69-75, Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out by the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while the people standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call curses down on himself and swore to them, ” don’t knot the man!” Immediately the rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

 

Don’t you think Peter was not only sorry for what he had just done but didn’t want to sin against Jesus like he did? A few hours earlier he has said he would NEVER do such a thing! But he did!

Just as these men failed Jesus, you and I also fail Him! But the key is when He shows us our sin- admit it- then repent, remember God desires to transform us into “True” Christians, (Christ like)!!

 

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