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Devotional - week of March 2, 2014


HELPING THOSE WITH ADDICTIONS

But the fruit of the Spirit is … self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23a

For years we have heard of the sad cases of addictions to such things as alcohol and drugs. We are now hearing about addiction to sugar which could lead to diabetes. We also are hearing much about addiction to pornography.

Some are saying that addiction to pornography is the strongest addiction there is. Sadly, some reports say that Christians, pastors and even ladies are addicted to pornography.

There is spiritual help for those who desire to be set free from addictions. Galatians5:23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is … “self control.” A better translation would be “restraint.”

When we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit came into our lives. He became one with our spirits. Through the sovereignty of God, for a period of time, a new believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. Because of this many new converts have reported that they were immediately set free from things like alcohol and drugs. The filling of the Holy Spirit gave them the power of restraint. Immediately, the addiction was gone. However in some cases, the addiction returns.

Since God has made it possible for a Christian to live his life filled with the Holy Spirit who gives restraint, we need to teach those with addictions how to live the Spirit-filled life.

Galatians 5:17 says, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

After the sovereign period of a new believer being filled with the Holy Spirit, the filling comes to an end, and the flesh will make war against the Holy Spirit and the new believer can lose the power of restraint.

Galatians 5:24 says that our flesh has been crucified. A believer can continue to experience the crucifixion of the flesh by continuing to live out the 5 statements of Romans 6:11-13. With this, the believer can continually be filled with the Holy Spirit and with the power of restraint.