With the influx of so many technologies that support our habits, many of us have become slaves to things that we may or may not be proud of. (Isn’t it funny how the best tool the enemy uses against us is the power of distraction getting us involved with things that steal our time with the Father?)
In order to put this article in perspective, I needed to get to grips with the meaning of addiction; which (in my definition) is to be enslaved by something (situation, habit, person, and item) where we ‘feel’ the need to continually and consistently feed.
The thing I ask is this: why do we get addicted to things of the world and not things of God? Is it so enticing and somewhat ‘cool’ to be a part of these addictive craziness and not even know the depth of damage it causes?
Reflecting on all these with the help of a gospel song called ‘Addicted’ by Frank Edwards (a Nigerian born gospel artist) I needed to evaluate all my addictions to see and validate where I am in God’s will. I decided to do a case study on myself and turned myself off from everything addictive so I can test my addiction levels. After a few days of withdrawal symptoms, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I began to forget and not ‘itch’ when those addictions were not satisfied; my flesh was finally being controlled by the Spirit! Within that time, my closeness to God, his ways and his will were clearer and more real than ever before. I saw that I was addicted to so many things that though not visibly harmful now, still contributed to my slow pace regarding achieving my goals in Christ.
Addiction is of various forms, in varying degrees and on various things. A lot of us (Christians too) struggle with addictions which are common and uncommon, some of us may not even know it is an addiction. I dare to say that anything that takes the place of God and His WORD is an addiction.
We slowly become what we hear and see and what we feed will grow. The only thing we should be addicted to is God, God and God alone!. There is so much to learn and know and because we may never know it all, we must then strive to (with the little time we have left and if Jesus Christ tarries) by spending time digging God’s statues, his ways and his plans and also spend time understanding what the Kingdom is all about.
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