Everyone is addicted to something.
I have to confess that I am extremely attached to breathing.
I just really enjoy it. I don’t think I could give it up.
Now I’m being kind of ridiculous but we’ve all got something that sort of drives us.
Addictions happen when we try something and like it.
And then we want to have that feeling again.
Then we need more and more to achieve the same feeling.
So we go back again.
When we realize that it's kind of letting us down we may move on to something else
that's similar but a little different.
We hope that THIS may be the thing that does it for us.
I think that's why people cheat or become sex addicts.
They put all their hopes in a person satisfying them.
"Oh if I could only have her or him. Then I'd be happy.
Then they find out that person is no better than the last person. (and maybe worse)
Then depression can set in.
It's like running on a treadmill.
After all that effort, you're exactly where you started.
Now most things aren’t in and of them selves bad or good.
Drugs can be used as medicine to heal or they can be destructive when abused.
Sex is a good thing. We would be extinct without it.
But when it’s perverted or abused or used in a selfish way
that hurts other people then it becomes a bad thing.
The point is whether it is drugs or sex or eating or coffee or getting tattoos
or video games or surfing or my phone or adrenaline or whatever,,,,,
Any of those things can be unhealthy
either physically or mentally/ emotionally.
When they begin to drive or consume us.
When we obsess on them.
They satisfy us for a moment and then leave us wanting.
We have to keep going back.
The feeling wears off.
It’s never enough.
I think I understand what Jesus was talking about when he conversed with
the Samaritan woman by the well in John chapter 4.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I don’t think he was JUST talking about water and food but about
anything that we try to satisfy our souls with.
Christ offers us something that doesn’t go away.
That is eternal.
It’s the peace and satisfaction that comes from
really knowing Him and being called His child.
So we don’t have to do more drugs, or watch more porn, or eat another dozen cupcakes
in an attempt to scratch that itch that doesn’t go away!
MATTHEW 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
I tried a lot of things to satisfy myself and NOTHING worked until I found Jesus Christ.
THAT'S how you never thirst again.
THAT'S how you beat your addictions!