Sin is addictive. All sin is addictive. Everyone is born with many addictions to sin. Through life, more addictions are added. All addictions hold us back spiritually. All sin is either stepping or slipping off of the constricted and narrow way that leads to the genuine and absolute fullness of life. Whatever is not of faith is sin. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word (Greek: rhema = utterance) of God.
Addictions are caused by seeking to get satisfaction in something that cannot possibly satisfy. We know, from God speaking to us through Scripture, that we will be satisfied when we awake with His likeness. When we take any step toward being more like Jesus, we have a measure of satisfaction. This is real satisfaction. It doesn't cause addictions.
Addictions are caused this way. Satan makes phony promises of satisfaction. He claims that something will satisfy us. It could be money, sexual sin, drugs, alcohol, parites, friends, successes, popularity, clothes, or you name it. Each of these give you a little of something that feels like it could lead to satisfaction, but they all leave you hungry and thirsty for real satisfaction. So you go back to them, over and over. That is a deepening addiction. A slot machine is designed and built to take your money by giving you a little bit of change back every once in a while and promising the big payout if you are lucky. So, you put a lot of money in and get a little back until you are bankrupt. Every addiction works this way.
God hates addictions. He hates what addictions do to the people He loves. God does let you know His Holy Will. Because He wants to set you free from your addictions, He speaks into your conscience, your innermost mind/soul, to tell you that something is wrong in your life. If you keep ignoring it, you can find yourself with a seared conscience, unable to get direction from God any more. When God speaks to you by disturbing your conscience, pay attention to Him immediately. He is trying to set your free from your addictions. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
When a woman exposes herself to a man or in any way tries to lure a man using sex, she is knowingly trying to convert herself into a pleasure object, a thing to be used, rather than a person. When a man looks at this with desire, his mind is changed. Rather than seeing women as persons who are created in the image of God, he objectifies them as mere things to be used for his pleasure. This addiction affects all of his dealings with women. This is the power for evil that pornography holds for addicting both men and women. And much of our media is now given over to some form of pornography and objectifying both men and women. Society permits dress that is really pornographic in nature. Only Christ can set a person free from these addictions.
How to be set free from addictions
Don't minimize the sin: All sin is addictive. So everyone is addicted to some sin. Even followers of Christ do not totally follow Him--they have sin. The Christ in them doesn't have sin, but their fleshly nature has no holiness and is in slavery to sin. They find themselves addicted in repetitive sin, crying out to be set free. Sometimes they say that the sin makes not difference. It's not a terrible sin. But all sin is terrible. All sins cause addictions. Satan will tell you that it isn't all that important. The Holy Spirit will tell you that it is important. The walk with Jesus is a walk of listening to Jesus and not listening to Satan. Don't hang between two opinions. Don't be double-minded. Direct your will toward the Voice of God. Listen to Him.
The church is in a very immature state in the Earth. God is restoring the church to Himself--every order, gift, ministry, and office. This is the exact way that the church will be restored to God. It must be a church without spot of wrinkle or any such thing. Within the church, there are (or should be) God-ordained patterns, gifts, ministries, and offices that are designed by God to help in attaining this holiness and redemption. See, says he, that you make all things according to the pattern . . . These patterns, gifts, ministries, and offices are powerful and necessary for this process. In fact, they are the manifestation of Christ in the Earth. When it is completed, these patterns, gifts, ministries, and offices will be fully formed into the glorious, mature Church. They are the Kingdom of the Heavens and the Earth.
This is not easy. You will become discouraged, so you need to keep God's vision of hope before you constantly. Spend time with Him so that He can speak to you. Read the Bible so that He can speak to you through the Bible. Fellowship with true Christ-followers so that He can speak to you through them. Expect miracles so that He can speak to you.
See also, What Causes Addictions
Last updated: Dec, 2013
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