Addiction is a massive issue for Christians – James 1:13-15
James 1:13-15 : Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Yesterday I published a post about how to deal with addictions including internet pornography addiction, and the response has been interesting. The post set a record in terms of the number of visitors to my blog in one day, and the number and nature of the comments and messages I have received have been very moving. It would be fair to say, that based on this response there are lots of Christians (male and female) battling with an addiction.
I was also alerted to some amazing resources, organisations and websites that can help someone out with an addiction. Many of these are listed in the comments which can be read at: click here.
Though I don’t have a pornography addiction, my addiction is the internet, specifically Facebook. I simply spend way too much time on Facebook. In part it is a product of the pages I have started, the friendships I have made, but I can see it is affecting my family life, my relaxation time and so on. So recently I put in place some self imposed guidelines to attempt to reduce the amount of time I spend online. Within every addiction is a series of temptations, and the amazing James 1: 13-15 has some very interesting ideas about temptation.
The first realisation is that temptation is my problem, I choose to be tempted, no one is forcing me. The greek behind the word temptation can also mean to attempt, test or try, so in being tempted I act, I test, I try something. It is my choice alone to be on Facebook when I should be asleep!
And this aspect of choice is actually key, I can choose not to engage in the behaviour, and though I might be tempted, I can choose not to follow through. The temptation is present, but I choose not to act. For it isn’t the presence of temptation that causes sin, it is my choice to give in to the temptation that causes sin.
So my prayer is that those who are struggling with addiction make wise choices, excellent choices, so as to loosen the bonds of addiction. Me included.
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