Addictions and “Did God Really Say?”

Proverbs 6: 25-29 (NIV)

Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.

Proverbs 6:25-29 (KJV)

Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

Despite that these verses focus heavily on lusting after another mans wife, I really want to focus these verses to a much more broader context, and that is sin in general or rather even more broadly  just separation from God. Sin can take many different shapes and forms. Separation from God can happen even in the most innocent and harmless ways. The devil has been doing this for years, he knows all the tricks and all the answers.

One of the ways I have noticed how the devil separates me from God is through the smallest of things. Take for instance a TV show, a show that in no way comprises my relationship with the Lord, nothing in it that goes against what the bible says, and in fact may even enforce some of what the bible teaches. This may seem harmless. If you are anything like me, it is easy to form addictions. Before I know it, I may spend all my time watching this show (for others it maybe a book, it maybe Twitter, Facebook, music, shopping .. anything.. even volunteering) and it ends up taking place over my time with God. Soon all the ‘small’ things like praying throughout the day, maybe catching up on blogging or reading your blogs, journaling, devotions, and all the things you do to give your time to God and to strengthen your relationship with Him become replaced with our ‘innocent’ addictions. Next thing you know, you’ve put God second to your life and you start to notice everything fallen a part.

The devil definitely knows how to use the little things, but he is equally as good at the bigger things.

 

 

The devil loves to play this game with me, “If you just do this, it will be okay,” “As long as you don’t do that, it will be okay,” “It’s not like this is where your heart is, it’s just one time,” and don’t forget the “Is it really a sin?/Does the bible really say..” How many times have you heard those phrases, and more, going across your brain as you are contemplating one of many different sins. You know what the worse part is, the very first time the devil manipulated one of us he said “Did God really say…” and yes that line today is still his most powerful tool. We all know of his famous line, and may even have an answer to it, but yet when we get to that place, where/whatever it maybe, the devil will still ask us “Did God really say…” and we tend to fall weak to his words. At least I know I do. I am 100% guilty.

Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?

I love these two verses. It really answers the whole “Did God really say” question for me. You know, maybe God didn’t say anything about whatever the situation maybe. But why play with fire, especially when I am already soaked in gasoline. Maybe it isn’t a sin, but you know what, I love the Lord so much I don’t want to put the false desires of my heart over my relationship with the Lord. I’m not going to let the devil get a foothold in the door to my heart, because as soon as I let him, he takes up shop and quickly gets to work on it. The second you hear yourself saying “Did God really say,” you can know that you are playing with fire, thats the devils knock at your door. Don’t answer it. Instead, stop for a second, breath, literally say to yourself “I give this to you Lord.” You’d be amazed at the power of His Spirit and the transformation He does over you. It no longer becomes a “Did God really say” issue but rather not an issue at all.

Admit defeat.

Admit you’re not good enough on your own.

Admit your weaknesses.

Give them all to Christ.

Watch Him work miracles.

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