New Year New You – Addiction

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  Do you like what you see?  Do you know what God sees?  These are fundamental questions that need to be handled before any real change can happen in the life of a Christian.  I know that we speak of the mirror of God’s Law that exposes every blemish and defect in our spiritual lives.  Every sin is an offense against our creator.  That is NOT where we start with our God.

Christian, you are first loved.  You are forgiven.  It is this love and forgiveness that defines us.  No matter what you were, you are a child of God now.  If this basic gospel truth isn’t understood, stop reading this post and click on any of the sermons (click on the tab above), because you cannot successfully change without having this truth down.

Very few of the addictions that plague us start as something bad.  In Christian freedom there is nothing wrong with enjoying a tobacco product or an alcoholic beverage (singular for both of those).   God created us as sexual people and enjoying his gift in marriage is an incredible blessing.  Watching TV, using a smart phone or table aren’t inherently bad.  When they are abused or overused, problems can grow.

The scope of a 19-minutes Bible Study is far to small to do any justice to the topic of addiction.  My goal was to get people in touch with resources.  Ask introspective questions.  Make this New Year a new you.

If you or someone you love is struggling with porn, our church body has an incredible resource.  Conquerors through Christ.

If you or someone you love has been abused as a child, please consider another resource.  Freedom for the Captives.

Do you or someone you love have a problem with screen time?  Consider taking the free quiz at NetAddiction.  WELSTech, the technology arm of our church body, spent some time on this topic.  This podcast from them is a great resource.

If you would like further assistance with any form of addiction, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I would love to help.

Please click HERE for the Bible class slides.