So I am continuing the final thought of my previous blog. This is part 2 or in other words, I have more to say. (Blogging is interesting because some days you don’t have anything to say and some days you can get it down fast enough because there are 8 other things on your mind to say as well. I promise I wont blog when I have nothing to say. Your time is valuable and if my mom would be bored reading it then I won’t write it.)
Stuck in sin. Andy said some pretty profound things Sunday in his message. One of which was this: “Sometimes we try to pray our way out of things we have behaved our way into.” Did you catch that? In addition, we sometimes pray for God’s blessing in an area that we are not willing to obey Him in.
Lets talk about what this does not mean. It does not mean that God doesn’t meet us where we are and help us in our struggles. It does not mean we have to do it all ourselves. It does not mean we have to fix ourselves up before we can approach him in prayer. What it does mean is this: If you are a Christian you do not have to be a slave to sin. The very power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in your heart! We should not delay obedience while praying for God’s help and blessing. Blessing accompanies obedience.
Addictions. I listened to a Mark Driscoll sermon yesterday about addictions. He was teaching from Proverbs, and made it really clear that addictions are idolatry. If you struggle with an addiction, you are not simply a “victim.” You are an active worshipper. Your idol may be alcohol or sex or money or appearance or a relationship, or anything else that you place above God. Idols lie to you by promising fulfillment. You entertain it for a moment and next thing you know it is calling the shots. Maybe there are reasons in your past why you struggle with certain things. Ok that’s valid and maybe looking at your past will help you gain insight, but insight doesn’t produce obedience and change. We are all responsible before God for our sin. What does produce obedience and change? Our active faith, enabled by Holy Spirit at work in us.
Mark Driscoll may offend some by his blatant honesty and confrontational approach, but he is talking to Christians who whine and groan about their addictions but meanwhile keep investing their time and money and heart into them. If you are an alcoholic, driving to the bar is an act of worship. If you are addicted to your appearance because you fear man more than God, then driving to the mall and spending money you shouldn’t spend is an act of worship. If you are addicted to sex and pornography . . . well you see the pattern.
We’ve all been there. Feeling enslaved to something that has more power than us. But that’s a lie. Some addictions can be more biological than others, but nothing has power over Christ and if He is in you the power of death over you has already been defeated! Here are a few Scriptures to meditate on if you struggle with addictions. Read them and think about them. Also find a Christian you can trust to share it with. Darkness looses power when it is exposed in the light! Ephesians 1:18-23; Ephesians 5:8-20; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Colossians 3:5-6; Galatians 5:19-26; Psalm 18:28-36; Romans 6; Romans 12:1-2; Phillipians 3:17-21.