by Henry W. Wright, BeInHealth.com
Some of the spiritual, and eventually psychological, battles of the soul can foster addictions. Addictions do not occur just because a person has taken a drug. They have taken the drug because they have a problem. There is a kingdom set up to bind them. Many people have made quality decisions to stop the addiction, but they have not been delivered from the spirit of addiction. They still have the same spiritual problems. It is an unloving, unclean spirit that will not let them accept God's love, will not let them be at peace with themselves on this planet in the new birth and will not let them give and receive love from others like they need to. The armor that feeds it has to be dismantled. It's not just a matter of conversion; it is a matter of restructuring their entire spiritual personality by removing the armor that has become part of their lives spiritually and psychologically.
The need to be loved is built within us from creation. The ability to give and receive love is part of our creation. But because of the breakdown in our families, we have not loved God, ourselves or each other. We try to nurture ourselves and it is being driven by the need to be loved. The sucking reflex of eating, of something touching the lips, has a nurturing effect. Not many people understand the depths of this need. It is difficult to walk away from addictions while still feeling unloved. When a person tries, there is something called cross addiction, where they lay one addiction down and pick up another addiction.
A person must choose their freedom or their bondage. God has given us the ability to choose so we must understand how to defeat the strong man behind addiction. A person has to understand that it involves recognition, taking responsibility, repentance, and they are going to have to take a stand no matter how much their body is pitching a fit. It takes 28 days and a change in a person's heart. We can get rid of bad habits by making new good habits. The Bible says choose this day what you shall have, blessings or curses, life or death.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."
Hopefully some insight has been gained through this teaching so that God can provide a foundation for people to walk away from their addiction, whatever it is, and be of service to others they meet, when they wish to walk away from their addiction.
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