I. THE PROBLEM OF ADDICTION
The Bondage of Addiction is a Stronghold—
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5) It’s in the mind (thought, misbelief) opposite of God.
“A stronghold is a mindset impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable what is known to be against the will of God.”—Ed Silvoso
Addiction is Satan’s substitute it’s a counterfeit for intimacy with God.
Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith -Addictionologist – “Drugs change the nature of Consciousness. The reason for the drug epidemic is that we have not taught our children to enjoy God forever on a daily basis. We are made for God – to spend time with Him. They are sensory deprived so they induce spiritual experiences through drugs.”
Oswald Chambers says Satan’s counterfeit for fullness of the Holy Spirit is drunkenness or sexual experience— “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18)
“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.” —C. S. Lewis
The essence of addiction is self-consciousness—if this is true then what would the answer for addiction be? “Thou has made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their all in Thee.” Augustine
“As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I remain ‘hooked to the world’ – trying, failing and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart… Our addictions make us cling to what the world proclaims as the keys to self-fulfillment… These addictions create expectations that cannot but fail to satisfy our deepest needs. As long as we live within the world’s delusions, our addictions condemn us to face an endless series of disillusionments while our sense of self remains unfulfilled. In these days of increasing addictions, we have wandered far away from our Father’s home. The addicted we can be aptly designated a life lived in a ‘distant country’. Jam the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found. Why do I keep leaving home where l am called a child of God, the beloved of my Father?”
—Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son
“It is for freedom Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1
Taken from: Freedom In Christ Conference with Mike and Julia Quarles
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