Most everyone seems to be addicted to something these days. While some are addicted to caffeine, others are addicted to shopping. While many are bound to television, others can’t get away from the next fix of soda pop or some type of chips.
Furthermore, according to many studies, any form of addiction of any substance is simply the search to fill a void; a determination to feel “better.”
This also means that though a person may become freed from drugs, whether by self discipline or by other sources that have done some good to many, does not mean that they are “free” from the very reason that got them addicted in the first place – to fill their never ending void.
The emptiness that one can feel is a rather serious condition. As a result of this void in the heart of man – in the soul part of man, needs a filling, it needs to be restored. Many, as a result, become addicted to something else after they have been freed from their “illegal substance.”
Many will gravitate to smoking, while others become drawn to movies, video games, money, or something that makes them feel like they are worth something, forgetting about other problems in life and having a sense of accomplishments.
The need never goes away – if the emptiness, the void and the loneliness and sense of helplessness is not taken care of first. I wish I was making this up for a “good rating” blog, but the opposite is true.
Many fall into the trap of feeling good after they’ve overcome an addiction (which they should) but if not taken care of by something stronger, and much more valuable, the feelings and changes of becoming attached to something else are very great and very powerful.
This is why the Bible is very clear to indicate that the only one that can replenish and re-create our lives is Jesus. (John 8:36 (KJV) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.) Without Jesus our lives are empty looking for the next thing to satisfy the soul. Drugs, alcohol, food, money, shopping, or whatever the next addition may be, will never take care of what only Jesus can take care of for us.
By the same token, remember that most addictions also are the result of a serious case of depression and oppression. We are all good candidates to be addicted to something – because hopelessness is the agenda that Satan uses to get you to destroy your own life.
I am so thankful that Jesus spared my life at an early age. At the same time I am thankful that he has given me his Word, his Spirit and his Name to counteract any other form of depression, hopelessness, or attacks from the enemy. Trusting Jesus with our every day lives will do wonders in a person’s life. He is the only answer. Become addicted to Jesus instead, put the Kingdom of God into action, and victory is yours every time.
Make it Great A2J Day!