By: Norm Rasmussen
A few things need to be brought to the forefront about addictions that can be helpful to those ensnared by them. So let's do some spiritual reasoning. WHY were addicts created? TO GLORIFY THEIR CREATOR ' just like everyone else. The Bible clearly states that Jesus Christ is/was our Creator (along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit of course).
At the very core of being born
sinners, which we ALL were, that means that we are born with a nature to
FEEL IMPORTANT - FEEL SIGNIFICANT ' constantly seeking SELF GRATIFICATION
in other words.
When not realizing this fully, yet living life, most everything we do is to try to bring ourselves some HAPPINESS in our pursuit of living. To God, it says nothing more than trying to bring glory to OURSELVES instead of HIM. Thus in our life's pursuit to find HAPPINESS, we get tempted to do things that will help kill our pain of feeling unhappy.
We deluded humans seek happiness in all kinds of various ways--not just through chemical substances that take away our pain for a season. Here are a few other ways most common to mankind:
Seeking happiness in our job and/or career.
Seeking happiness in marriage.
Seeking happiness in child rearing.
Seeking happiness either through sporting activities, and/or giving ourselves to non-stop entertainment of sporting activities. (All forms of entertainment fit that last category, actually).
Seeking happiness by the pursuit of having more money.
Seeking happiness by having greater control over people.
Seeking happiness by looking for greater emotional satisfaction: Romance and sex are tops in that arena.
Satan doesn't want
us coming to this understanding: The only way to true, lasting happiness is
to have an ever-increasing personal relationship with the One who loves them
more than anyone else in all creation that could possibly love them. Afterall, He
created them and gave His life for them to demonstrate how important they
are to Him--shouldn't He have the right to make us His 'prized
possession'? Some will love me saying WHO that person is. Most will HATE me
for it: This Person is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Happiness in heaven
(actually joy) will not be obtained by focusing on all the vast creation of
God awaiting those who will spend eternity there either. Enjoying personal
communion with the One who created all of heaven; who will create even NEW
heavens: That is what will bring the greatest joy. Anything less will offend
God our Creator.
Heaven wasn't created for us to experience a greater
'High'. You and I were created to give our Creator greater JOY for all
eternity, and heaven happens to be a place where that can be better lived
out. If hell could enhance that joy for Him, then hell would be where we get
to spend eternity with Him, yet thank you JESUS ' that is NOT the place we
have to be to bring you the greatest joy. (Hell will be filled with created
beings who chose to demonstrate that living for their Creator to help bring
HIM joy wasn't important to them at all when they had the chance to do
something tangibly about it).
There is a lot more to 'Give, and it shall
be given unto you' than what many folks realize. The more you and I
determine to bring our Creator joy, the more He will see to it that we
experience ever-increasing joy. The greatest 'perpetual motion' device God
has ever allowed to be created is the way to get more joy. We've got to GIVE
it to the One most deserving to maximize our odds of receiving joy back.
Satan will always provide us with something to "try" to deaden our pain with, if only for a short while at whatever the cost, so we can feel MORE happy - more content. As long as we keep failing to realize that our being on this planet is for the purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ and all other things are to be secondary...Satan is content. If he can't get us to glorify him openly as hard-core Satanists do, then he'll settle for being glorified indirectly. His goal is to make certain that a person doesn't get serious about glorifying Jesus Christ their Creator. Addictions of any sort work toward his cause in that they keep us so distracted from what is the most important thing we're to be focused on: Be pleasing to our Creator.
Let me quickly interject that I
fully understand that Satan seeks to kill, rob and destroy (See: John
10:10). Satan delights when followers of Jesus Christ become sick and
diseased, crippled, plagued with depression, sleeplessness, racked with
physical and mental pain...things that chip away at our joy in this life. There is a time to rely upon medical help to help us recover from all the
things that seek to rob us of our joy, but just remember--the medical
profession doesn't exist to tell you about your main reason for being
created. It's far greater than walking in better physical and mental
health. It's walking in SPIRITUAL health...and that can only come
from walking closely and patiently yet passionately with our Creator.
Each of us were created by God to focus on our Creator ' not ourselves. I
don't know how to make clearly that realization any more than I already have
tried. Secular drug rehab facilities primarily put emphasis on staying off
what addicts their patients and they try to provide ways to motivate addicts
to want to quit. Bless them for their efforts, but if they are NOT trying to
persuade addicts that to receive maximized power from God to help them
break their addiction, they have to do things GOD'S way. God's way is the
ONLY One way that releases His maximized help for them. Their purpose for
living has to be pleasing Jesus Christ.
12-step programs that don't
prioritize Jesus Christ as their 'higher power' still work for some because
it takes the focus off the addict and relinquishes control to them trusting
a 'higher power'. Jesus made the declaration: 'If you can believe, all
things are possible.' (Mark 9:23). If a person decides to trust a door knob
as their higher power, it can work for them because it is simply honoring
what Jesus told us in (Mark 9:23 ). Believing is crucially important to
getting the results we desire!
Yet Satan would love a person to give
thanks for their door knob helping them overcome their addiction. ANYTHING
will work ' as long as it is NOT Jesus Christ they are giving thanks to and
purposing to glorify.
Secular rehab facilities aren't going to do such a
thing. In many cases, the government will STOP them if they tried. Satan has
that much of a stranglehold on them. Even IF the government didn't
ANGER IS LETHAL IF NOT DEALT WITH QUICKLY AND
them, the overseers who hire the staff people would not ALLOW people
employed by them sharing their need to make Jesus their reason for wanting
to be free from addiction. Again ' it gets back to the influence Satan has on
people on this planet. It's much greater than what most realize. One has to
become spiritually born again and diligently seek God about the matter to
begin to fully comprehend how true this is.
God tends to put all our
efforts of seeking happiness under the general category of Idol worship, or
Idolatry. Satan doesn't care if you bow down to a broom stick, making it
your intermediary to God, as long as you aren't making Jesus Christ that
intermediary. However, Satan is wiser than trying to get the human race to
make broom sticks their idol. Making THEMSELVES their real center of focus
works much more effectively for his cause in this battle for souls.
And that's at the heart of this battle between good and evil on this planet. Don't fail to realize that Satan is as passionate as Jesus Christ is in his pursuit to keep you from being all you can be and experience in Jesus Christ in this life. God has not empowered Satan to keep you from entering into all that Jesus Christ has for you, but God has allowed Satan a lot of latitude to let you search the deepest fibers of your being as to what is REALLY in your heart about eternal matters, and where you daily decide to place your passionate pursuits in this life. A time will come when God is done using Satan to test our deepest motives, and then Satan will be removed from the equation to live out his punishment for the rest of eternity, but currently, Satan roams about freely - allowed by God to do so - seeking whom he may somehow devour to keep folks from giving their ALL in living their lives to bring joy to their Creator, Savior, Lord (Judge) and eternal Lover.
Living for a higher purpose brings us the greatest happiness - the greatest contentment - in this life. If we are settling for a lower purpose ... which is SELF-satisfaction, we are hindering the power and favor of God from being poured out on us, and it makes us a lot more vulnerable to settle for ungodly substitutes. Addictions are Satan's strategies to rob spiritual life from us one way or another. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that He came to give us spiritual life, and spiritual life more abundantly. Satan raises his hand while he's still allowed to and says, "I exist to bring death, and death more abundantly. Addictions help my cause."
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