"You shall have no other gods before Me.'' -EX. 20:3
We can compare addiction to a false god. An addiction can creep up on us, and before we know it we have found a means of relieving our pain. The pain is caused by loneliness, guilt, or feelings of low self~ esteem. We become obsessed with the pain, and then we become addicted to what relieves the pain.
Carol's addictions were spending money, drinking alcohol, and eating. One evening she and her husband had an argument on the phone. She was out for the evening with a friend and thought her husband was out of town on business. When she called home to get her messages he answered. The argument started, she hung up, went to eat with her friend, and drank beer until she was drunk. The next day, when she came in to see me, she did not feel well emotionally or physically. Addictions rob us of our own power. We become powerless and do things we wouldn't normally do. Our compulsive nature is insane.
God offers us a way to get out of bondage to these addictions. We just need to be willing to turn our life and our will over to him. If something or someone comes before God, that is a false god.
Confess your addictions to yourself, to God, and to another human being, and then turn from them.
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