Adventist Addictions

Posted on May 7, 2011

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What are you addicted to?  Are you addicted to eating unhealthy foods, drinking caffeinated drinks, harmful relationships, fear, anger, pornography, abusive religion, worldly entertainment, social media outlets, and the list could go on and on and on…………..  WHAT ARE YOU ADDICTED TO?  What is in your life right now that could cause you to lose eternity with Jesus?  I am not talking about the “little” mistakes we make from time to time… the ones we can immediately hand over to God through heart-felt repentance and not continue to struggle with in a vicious cycle of sinful living. 

If you are far from God and addicted to sin, you do not have to remain in the devil’s death grip.  Jesus has already displayed His amazing love on the cross and all we need to do is cry out to our Savior and He will provide us with the wisdom, power, and healing we need to be victorious – here and now.

The below video clip is one of my favorites.  Check it out!    

PRAISE GOD!!!  There is hope for us if we keep our eyes locked on Jesus. 

I want to encourage you to reach out to someone in need of a friend.  Millions of people are struggling with deadly addictions and need a caring person like you to minister to their broken and hurting hearts.

My older sister was one of those people who was broken and addicted to many harmful things.  For years my family tried our best to minister to her in many different ways.  My sister wanted to be free of the drugs and other painful things, but could not seem to break free.  She knew where the answers to her victory were… she attended Adventist schools, went to church, got married in an Adventist church, and was baptized a couple times. 

After years of fighting with her many addictions, my sister died at the young age of forty.  I miss her very much!  Because of the choices my sister made and the nasty work of the devil, I cannot call my sister up and hear her cheerful voice… I cannot see her sparkling smile… I cannot feel the warmth of her embrace.  There will always be an empty place in my heart for her (only God can fill that void). 

People who are addicted to sin need strong friends and family members in their lives.  Do not ever give up in a loved one because of his or her addiction.  Do whatever it takes to assist and support, but never give up!  There are times when a physically abused spouse may need to get away from the pain (or adultery), but for the most part, we are called by God to remain with our unbelieving spouses as long as they are willing to respect us as Christians.  Never give up!  The Bible says that we will never be tempted beyond what we are able to handle, that God will always provide a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). 

Think about it… Would you want God to give up in you?

If more and more of us sacrificially minister to those who are hurting, this world will look a lot different.  The time has come for us to stop being addicted to self and discover personal victory through serving others… beginning with our families.  What will you do in the days to come to help someone see Jesus?