The first step that leads us to any addiction is believing a lie. Deception is one of satan’s greatest tools. He is the “father of lies” (per Jesus – John 8:44). Believing your addiction is not hurting you or anyone is proof you are already deceived. Even if the addiction is not physically harming you or others, it might simply be stealing productive and beneficial time from your own life and the lives of others (regardless of whatever your addiction may be).
Addiction knows no boundaries. It enslaves the rich, the poor, the educated, the uneducated, every race, gender, age, etc. Why? Because the enemy of our souls has only one purpose – death; and he doesn’t care who you are.
Think your addiction is not hurting you or anyone else? Think again.
If more of us were truly addicted to love – the love of God that sets us free – the counterfeits offered to us through the lies of the enemy would have no more hold on us.
Jesus came to set the captives free and to give us life and life abundantly! Try replacing that thing you can’t seem to live without with worshiping and growing closer to Jesus. Since He paid the price for your freedom, you might as well experience it!
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
…for you are a slave to whatever controls you. 2 Peter 2:19
*See also John 10:10; Luke 4:18; Galatians 5:1