When we hear the word “Addiction” we normally think of the obvious problems of drug or alcohol abuse, but addiction is often a much deeper and more intense problem. It can relate to many things such as; habits, depression, unbelief, fear sins etc.
Paul described in Romans 7 his attempts to free himself of “addictive tendencies” he saw within himself. Now read the scripture and see whether you can relate.
I don't realize what I'm doing. I don't do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate.
I don't do what I want to do, but I agree that God's standards are good.
So I am no longer the one who is doing the things I hate, but sin that lives in me is doing them.
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I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature.
Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don't do it.
I don't do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don't want to do.
Now, when I do what I don't want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it. Sin that
lives in me is doing it.
So I've discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God's
standards say is good.
I take pleasure in God's standards in my inner being.
However, I see a different standard at work throughout my body. It is at war with the
standards my mind sets and tries to take me captive to sin's standards which still exist
throughout my body.
What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me from my dying body?
I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me! So I am obedient to God's standards
with my mind, but I am obedient to sin's standards with my corrupt nature.
Paul described a battle that we all fight. Sin is the fundamental picture of addiction. So how do you think we can overcome addictive tendencies?