People who recognize their entrapment of addictions and desperately want to be free will often appreciate the straight truth. Whether its drugs, food addictions, relationship addictions or addictive thinking patterns that are obsessive, we all need the straight truth to get free from addictive influences in our lives. Here’s the straight truth to know in order to gain more victory.
1. Addictions provide unmistakable proof of demonic activity.
I rarely encounter a person who admits they have addiction issues. They do not affirm there is an inner voice, a pull or an invisible enemy lurking within and driving the person’s emotions. When addressing addicts, the secular media even speaks of “addressing someone’s demons” as a tongue and cheek kind of statement. The reality is the enemy is deeply involved with those who struggle with any form of addiction and will do everything possible to poison our affections and cravings to sources that will never satisfy, yet keep us bound. The war of addictions is very spiritual.
2. People who struggle with addictions are not bad people.
They are not evil. They simply have an evil kingdom at work in them that will not allow them to live in peace with a balanced life. They become wired to not be able to live without a certain habit, relationship, way of thinking or thing. People who struggle with addictions are often very sensitive and creative people, capable of amazing feats. Yet at the same time, they carry this dark need to jump into their world of escape at any moment.
3. With addictions, comes a hornet’s nest of strongholds.
We are not just dealing with one thing, there are multiple layers that drive addictions. I tell those who come for ministry, get ready to deal with an entire cocktail of issues that need to be uncovered. Because this book addresses the subject of rejection, we must address addictions, for rejection is a common root system of this battleground.
4. Addictions usually start off small and escalate slowly to uncontrollable proportions before the person realizes it or is willing to admit it.
What we tolerate at first will often grow to own us before we even realize it. There is also a great deal of hiding, denial and covering up involved with addictions. A big key to victory involves the person humbling themselves and admitting there is a problem. Those close to the person know there is an addiction issue, but the addict themselves is usually the last to verbally admit to the problem. Getting free takes a massive step of walking into the light and allowing the God to heal them.
5. Getting free is not just about breaking the habit.
Many people focus on breaking the craving or whatever habit seems to bind them. This creates a fruitless focus. Those who only focus on breaking the habit often trade one addiction for another. If they break one habit without addressing the root system behind addictions, the addiction spirit simply transfers over to another habit or behavior. This is because there is deep programming involved with addictions on all three levels—spirit, soul and body.
6. The very nature of an addictive spirit is that it is never satisfied.
It will always want more. Love satisfies. Lust is never fulfilled. This lust drive is like an all you can eat buffet that never ends.
7. Freedom is not about just about breaking the habit, but addressing and changing the whole “addict lifestyle.”
The enemy not only keeps people locked into a habit, but into the lifestyle involved. Everything in a person’s life, from how late they stay up at night, how early they wake up in the morning, the way they fabricate in relationships, the lies they portray about their walk with God and so on, becomes modified to make way for the person’s addictions.
8. Addictions involve an escape from reality.
We become trained to go to the habit as a way to fill a void inside, to run from a fearful situation or to attempt to cope with pain and hurt. This is becoming more and more common, especially because we are a society bent on moving away from pain and moving towards pleasure as quickly as possible. We like quick fixes and give it to me now kind of living. This is what lust does; it leads us into an altered state of consciousness where we can escape the pain. One might use a drug or food or they might run to work or a hobby to alleviate the pain that has not been addressed. This is what fueled the sixties drug culture. They weren’t embracing true freedom, but were trying to escape from their inward pain.
9. Those who struggle with addictions often feel separated from true love.
Love in its truest form feels very foreign, because they are only comfortable with rushes. They feel separated from God’s love, from loving themselves and from engaging in loving relationships with others. They lack a simple understanding of the love of God which is what the simplicity of the Gospel is all about. When the addiction impulse rises, it is an indicator that love is missing somewhere in the person’s heart.
10. Addictions arise more often when we truly feel bad about ourselves.
The enemy knows that keeping you hurt, upset or wounded will make you serotonin-deficient in the long run. That deficiency will not only keep you from feeling good about yourself, but will make you constantly vulnerable to addictive patterns.
11. Some people break free from addictions immediately while others have to go through a long process to walk in freedom.
I even find that those who claim immediate deliverance still need a walk out, where they learn to live the life that does not involve being bound to a habit or behavior.
12. Addictions trap believers and nonbelievers alike.
Oftentimes addicts who become believers, and do not deal with the addiction root, become addict Christians, where they need a quick fix to be able to deal with their issues. I remember speaking at Christian rehabilitation centers, where men were learning to live free of drugs. Many of the men successfully dropped the drug habit, but went on to gain about 30-40 pounds because of overeating and sugar addiction. The addict mindset was not removed so they simply transferred to socially acceptable addictions. Christians commonly justify overeating, sugar abuse and overworking in ministry, while never dealing with and facing the issues of their life.
Addictions rule over our lives and our ability to make sober choices. One might be a born again Christian who loves God, but is chained to addictive habits, making impulsive decisions and having obsessive tendencies. Those ways become master and ruler over that area of their life. When it comes to addictions, we have to ask, what has rule over our thoughts, affections and actions? This is where we can confront what rules over us and give it over to the Lord.
Question: Which of the 12 is most helpful in breaking free of addictive thinking, habits and behaviors?