Monday, April 23, 2018

Identifying The Consequences Of Addiction

  • Proverbs 23:29-35 Sets Forth Practical Reasons For Not Becoming Subdued By Sin (Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Etc.):
          -It results in great sorrow, distress, and anxiety.
          -It causes contentions, groaning, anger, bitterness, and weariness.
          -It ensnares people/takes over their lives. Thus, we can deduce that addiction is a craving that is simply impossible to satisfy. This is the underlying reason for it correctly being deemed futile.
          -Addiction perverts our sense of perception, judgement, and reality.
          -Addiction distorts our sense of morality. It perverts holy conduct. It destroys good character.
  • The Apostles Rightly Commanded That We Literally Flee From Evil. Consider, For Example, What The New Testament Says In Regard To Both Sexual Desire Outside The Marriage Framework And Idolatry:
          -"Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body." (1 Corinthians 6:18)
          -"Little children, guard yourselves from idols." (1 John 5:21)
  • Let Us Put To Death The Deeds Of The Flesh Through The Transforming Power Of The Holy Spirit: 
          -"for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live." (Romans 8:13)

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