If an addiction is causing problems in your life, know that God loves you and offers freedom and hope for a better future. If you will admit you need help, God will help you.
We admit we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
8 Principles Based on the Beatitudes. Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
In many societies, but especially our own, thousands of individuals are addicted to alcohol, drugs, television, compulsive spending, sexual immorality, smoking, overeating, and a host of other behaviors. Workaholism (the addiction to work) has almost become a badge worn proudly by those who want to be successful.
Addiction to anything apart from Jesus Christ is sin. It’s true that almost any addiction may make a person sick. But to excuse drunkenness and whitewash it by calling it a “disease” is to minimize it and almost deny the problem exists.
Some 20-30% of all Americans are significantly overweight. Almost 20% of Americans are currently involved in some kind of weight-loss program, some on their fourth or fifth try. Makers of diet foods, pills, and exercise programs gross more than $10 billion per year!