May 16, 2020

In the Allure of Addiction

In the Allure of Addiction

Sermon notes

The stronghold of addiction is a battle for control.

John 8:31

Search for the Freeing Truth

Seven false narratives that the enemy wants you believe about your addiction:

  1. Loner: I’m alone in this struggle
  2. In Denial: I’m still in control/I’m able to quit whenever I want
  3. Comparison: I’m not as bad as others
  4. Minimizing: I’m only hurting myself
  5. Dismissive: I’m just a victim of an addictive personality
  6. Guilt and Shame: I could never let anyone know the truth about me
  7. Fatalist: I’m going to struggle with this my whole life

Seven false narratives that hurt more than help:

  1. Tough Love: They are alone in this
  2. Church Lady: They just need to pray more
  3. School of Hard Knocks: They just need to hit rock bottom
  4. Enabler: They are not as bad as others
  5. In Denial: They are not addicted/the are only hurting themselves
  6. Curmudgeon: They are not deserving of my grace
  7. Fatalist: They are going to struggle with this their whole life

Turn From Your Enslaving Sin

John 8:33-34

Romans 7:21-23

Addiction is when a person is physically or psychologically enslaved to a certain behavior or habit that they feel they cannot live without.

Repair Your Broken Relationships

John 8:35-36

Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.