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Devotional - week of January 11, 2004


GRACE VERSUS ADDICTIONS

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Colossians 3:5

The word “members” is primarily used in the New Testament as a reference to parts of the body. However, Paul is identifying such things as fornication, uncleanness, covetousness and idolatry as our “members.”

By such terminology, Paul must mean that some practices can become so ingrained in our lives that they are as much a part of us as our hands and feet.

In recent years, the terms “addict,” and “addiction” have become a part of our everyday conversations. This is largely true to addictions to such things as alcohol, drugs, and pornography. Yet, many experience addictions to less harmful things—such as “covetousness.”

When a practice or desire becomes so much a part of us that it can be likened to our hands and feet, can there be victory? Is grace more powerful than addiction?

“Here’s Life” is one of our books teaching the life of grace. It is a verse by verse exposition of Romans 5:12-8:39—the most important passage in the Bible on the theme of living out the Christian life.

In a phone call from Los Angeles a man said, “My neighbor gave me a copy of “Here’s Life” and God has used the truths of those verses to deliver me from alcoholism.

He then said, “I need another copy because I have read mine so much I have to keep it together with rubber bands.”

From the Rio Grande valley of Texas, a man emailed the message that he had read “Here’s Life” 15 times. The result was deliverance from drug addiction.

When a believer continues to live out the life of grace, he permits grace to confront addition, and grace is the victor every time.