Sinful Addiction

The Lord is leading me to share a series of blog posts on my other blog, Walking Wounded, on the subject of overcoming sinful addiction. Most of these are reposts, this one included, which is four years old. So, please check out these posts on my other site, Walking Wounded, especially if you are struggling with any sinful practice that has a hold on your life. There is hope.

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Monday, October 26, 2015, 12:28 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Oh To Be Like Thee.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Jeremiah 5 (Select vv. NASB).

A Great Rebellion (vv. 1-6)

“Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
And look now and take note.
And seek in her open squares,
If you can find a man,
If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth,
Then I will pardon her.
“And although they say, ‘As the Lord lives,’
Surely they swear falsely.”

O Lord, do not Your eyes look for truth?
You have smitten them,
But they did not weaken;
You have consumed them,
But they refused to take correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent.
Then I said, “They are only the poor,
They are foolish;
For they do not know…

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10 thoughts on “Sinful Addiction

  1. I was listening to two different sermons John MacArthur did on habitual sin earlier today. One thing he mentioned for people was to say to the Lord, “I don’t want to do (sin) anymore.” He said it is imperative we say what we did as that holds us more accountable because we hear it with our own ears. He also encouraged others that the Holy Spirit will equip us with His truth and it is His truth we must meditate on instead of fulfilling the flesh. Thought it was very helpful for those struggling.

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    • T.R., Thank you for sharing that. John MacArthur teaches the truth about sin. He says it like the Bible says it, and he doesn’t coddle people in their sin. I respect that.

      But, speaking from experience of having had a time in my own life when I caved to the enemy and I followed after my flesh rather than after the Spirit, and from the experience of being married to someone who has struggled with addiction pretty much his whole life, I would say that just saying those words out loud is not enough to deter the addict from fulfilling his lustful desires, although I do agree that saying things out loud can have a stronger impact than just thinking them silently.

      Also, speaking from experience here, including the experience of living with my father, who was also an addict, many people can and do meditate on the truth of God’s Word and they know what the scriptures teach, and perhaps they have even taught what the scriptures teach, and yet they can do that right alongside fulfilling the lusts of their flesh without conscience. Case in point is how so many pastors today (a large percentage) are now viewing porn regularly and/or are addicted to porn or to other sexual sins.

      Again, I respect John MacArthur, but in dealing with true addiction, I would say that most people who are deep in addiction would not be moved at all by either of these suggestions, for they are also really good at acting and at role playing and at living dual roles side by side. They can know the truth inside and out and spout it out with their lips, and still habitually fulfill the lusts of their flesh.

      And, I am not saying what I am saying here to put down your suggestions. They are good suggestions for someone just struggling with sin, but the power of addiction is very strong, I know, and I don’t want someone who is addicted in any area who is truly wanting to get out to get discouraged if he or she tries these two things and it doesn’t work.

      For, it is not enough to just meditate on the Word of God, but we have to do what it says. And, we can’t just verbalize that we don’t want to do sin anymore, but we have to deny our flesh, and we have to say “NO” to it and to Satan and “Yes” to God, not with just our lips, but with our actions one moment at a time, day in and day out, and then we will begin to know true freedom in Christ.

      Thank you, T.R., so much for caring and for your input. I appreciate you and all that you add to this very much.

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