Identify Your Addiction…

evil_video_game_addictionSally and Ralph have been married for 10 years.  They met while on a business trip for the company they both worked.  They have been happily married until recently.  Sally gave herself to the Lord.  Before her divine transformation, Sally and Ralph partied every Friday and Saturday night with their friends, but now Sally desires to change her lifestyle and eliminate partying and anything else that would interfere with her walk for the Lord.  Ralph has become angry with Sally.  He threatens to leave her if she doesn’t do as he desires (which is partying and drinking with friends).  Sally is devastated and doesn’t want to lose her husband because she loves him.  Sally decides to do as her husband requests and soon falls away from the Lord

In today’s blog post, I’m not referring to drugs or alcohol as addictions.

What I am referring to is items or people we place in front of God.  It can be your job, TV, video games, your computer (Facebook, Twitter) or your children, your spouse, your parents.

But why do I call it an addiction?

Addiction is defined as: the quality or state of being addicted (addiction to reading, shopping or watching TV), an unusually great interest in something or someone or a need to do or have something (work, family or relationship)

Everyday we are in a spiritual warfare.  We can expect Satan to place in our path things that we desire to do or people we desire to please.  This is his job and should not be a surprise. But, what we don’t recognize that anything that we do in excess of living for God is a sin.  Exodus 20:3 clearly states: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”.  This includes people and things!

Satan uses anything and anyone to become a stumbling block in our lives.  He wants us to be hindered.  He wants us to fall away from the Lord.  He takes great pleasure in what he does and believe me, he does it so well.  So well that he places in your mind that you are doing nothing wrong.

How could watching TV excessively be a sin?  Playing video games for hours on end be a sin?  Pleasing your spouse and catering to your children be a sin?  You may say to yourself; “I don’t see nothing wrong with that”, but those are the exact words Satan uses

All of the above becomes wrong when you place it above doing the will of God.  When you do it in excess of what you do for God.

It’s okay to please your family.  God has no problem with this, but what He does have a problem with is when you begin to prioritize who is more important in your life.

It’s okay to watch TV, play video games, etc.  God has no problem with this either, but what He does have a problem with is when you begin to focus more on them than on Him

Identify your addiction.  Examine your life and see what takes precedence in your life instead of God.  Once you identify your addiction, ask God to help you prioritize your life to either include Him more or place Him at the center of your life

I hope this blog post has enlightened you today.  I employ you to seek that which is good always in Jesus name.  Stay encouraged and be blessed.  God bless you!

Inspired by Laraine Turner

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