Addiction Is A Spiritual Issue

It is a wonderful thing and it is great when an addict quits the substance that has had them bound in a downward spiral of destruction.
Everyone is happy for them, and should be and should support them in their abstinance.
A recovering addict needs help to continue and not be condemned for the failures of the past nor that they will not hold out and return to their addiction.
Perhaps they quit the substance on their own, cold turkey or through counselling because they could see the damage it was doing to health and relationships.
And they are to be applauded for their effort.

However., and unfortunately for many families and friends of a “clean” addict, they continue to see continued addictive behavior without the substance being used.
For a while those behaviors are put aside as, we don’t want to push them attitudes however when they continue there is a slow growing mistrust that can lead to hurt, anger, resentment and bitterness, wondering when this type of behavior will end.

Herein lies the problem.
Addiction is not merely physical in nature. It may cause memtal health issues but in and of itself it is not a mental health issue.
Addiction is a spiritual issue.

When an addict becomes clean, does not use any addictive substance and they do it “All on their own” these behaviors that they exibit are the result of the spiritual side of addiction.
When they refuse to recognize that addiction is a spiritual issue and deny God’s Word concerning their condition, they may claim to be clean but they are not delivered from the chains of bondage that came with the addiction.
And here is why.

Luke 11:21-26. 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. 23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Spirit of Pride.
Spirit of Fear.
Spirit of Slumber.
Spirit of Lying.. Spirit of Delusion.
Spirit of Witchcraft.
Spirit of Divination.
Spirit of Infirmity.
Spirit of Iniquity.
Along with these comes guilt, shame and contempt, often leading to paranoia and even paranormal aparissions.
When these evil spirits come in, they do so, not as individually recognized, but convoluted, twisted and complex in nature.
They all come in various forms and manners disguised as something else,
.Left alone these evil spirits will eventually manifest themselves stonger and more fearsome building themselves up together in what seems to be an impenetrable stronghold against one’s mind.

These strongholds can be dealt with but not in a physical or even a mental way.
No amount of possitive affirmation or possitive thinking will deliver from the power of this evil.
These evil spirits lie to us and try to convince us that we can, with a good imagination, come up with a soloution to the problem.

How did they get into this state is not the question that needs to be answered, as many psycologists think.
What must be answered truthfully is this.
Do you truly want to be delivered? Do you truly want to be set free?
That which will truly set free is the truth. No more deceit and deception.
No more denying God’s Word and standards.
No more saying “pray for me” yet only believing that God is merely a higher power, some great cosmic force or some mythological diety.

Hebrews 11:6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

There must be an acknowledgement and an acceptance of God’s truth as to His judgement and His redemption.

John 8:31-32. 31 Then said Jesus to those…which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Ephesians 5:6-21. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

John 10:10. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

1 John 5:4-5. 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?


Mark Cowan

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