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What was Written in the Scripture about Addiction?
Drug addiction affects almost all facets of life, this includes the physical, mental, and social well-being of the user. In most cases addiction also affects even the spiritual life of the users. On the other hand, the bible is not unaware of the disorder. The bible believes that addiction is a sin problem and not just an ordinary sickness.
The scripture said, as what is written in I Corinthians 6:12, “Everything is permissible for me — but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me — but I will not be mastered by anything.” This verse tackles about all the sins of man, including addiction.
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21)
The bible also mentioned user as “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).
Addiction as a sin
Also, the bible condemns all forms of sins. In Ephesians 5:18, it said “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. The bible also teaches us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Another one from I John 3:8, denounces addiction which is a sin of man. It reads as “He who does what is sinful is of the devil because the devil has been sinning from the beginning”. But there still hope for these people as the verse continues, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work”.
Even people with severe or chronic addiction, they do not need to be judged or condemned. They have the very right to change their lives for the better. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17).
There are many instances where Jesus Christ preached about addiction and healed users to reclaim their lives back. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, the bible said, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”.
Can God help me?
God has created a way for you to know Him. He can do all impossible things. He knows and hears your heart. For it is written in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”.
Reclaiming your lives back
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” as what is written in I John 1:9.
Everyone deserves a chance to turn away from addiction and get help. Do not get frustrated by your struggles as the bible said in Galatians 5:22 to 23. It said that “Jesus Christ has done something about your problem. He came to liberate you from such problems and enable you to gain self-control, a fruit of the Holy Spirit”.
Believed in spiritual healing, as the bible said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him, and He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:18-21 to 36).
There are several treatments available for addiction. It is not too late to change your behaviors and it remains as a curable disease. Jesus was born to deal with the sins. The bible reminds us that “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people” (1 Corinthians 5:11).
Believe and you are forgiven
The bible is faithful to God’s words, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
Put your faith to in Jesus, that He may help you overcome addiction. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).
The scripture said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
Received the blessing of the Lord, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).
The Lord’s promise
Bear in your heart the words of the Lord. For He has forgiven you that you may take control your lives back. One that is free from addiction.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).
In Philippians 4:8,9, the bible proclaimed that “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you”.
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