Addicted

Addiction: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming .

  • I have an Addiction
  • One that I have dealt with for a several years now.
  • I have even noticed that there are many of you that are battling with this same addiction.
  • In order to try and encourage this evening I would like to address this thing of Addiction.

(at this point the listener does not know, other than the world’s definition, what kind of “addiction” you are talking about)

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

  • If you are going to have this Addiction, do it right! Roll up your sleeves and get it done!

(Ham it up… you are basically having fun at this point because they are STILL thinking you are addicted to drugs or something and using the bible to tell them to go big or go home!)

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

  • Who are you trying to please anyway? God or Man?

(Now you can let them off the hook)

Remember:

Addiction: being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming .

1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

  • Interesting that the only time in the Bible the word Addiction is used is when it speaks of a Christians desire to serve other Christians?

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

  • When addressing the worlds view of Addiction it is interesting to note that God does not use the word “Addiction” when describing Sin and ones problems.
  • That’s because God is greater than any habit forming physical or physiological drug or action.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • I encourage you not to be just a casual user.
  • To become Addicted to the ministry of the saints.
  • Don’t be conformed to this worlds definitions of sin.
  • But find the victory in and through Christ Jesus.

Then you too can be a Christian Junkie…