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Verse and Message (Week of March 15-21, 2009) March 17, 2009

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The term “addiction” is used in many contexts to describe an obsession, compulsion, excessive physical dependence, or psychological dependence.
Webster’s online defines addicted as follows:
To devote or surrender oneself to something habitually or obsessively.
Most of us consider addiction to be substance-related. In addition, most of us would never consider ourselves to be addicts. However, we have all been addicts to sin.
To emphasize my point, I will be transparent by sharing some of the addictions I have struggled with in my life:
Approval Addiction
Addiction to a person and/or a relationship
Addiction to exercising, especially running
Addiction to caffeine and sugar
Other addictions people may suffer from other than substance-related addictions may include chronic gambling, compulsive overeating, video game addiction, computer addiction, and pornography.
I think that anything that we pursue consistently to satisfy the flesh is capable of becoming an addiction. When something becomes our god, or something begins to control us, we are apt to fall into addiction, directing us down the path of bondage which ultimately leads to destruction.
To further elaborate, I edited the following verse and message I had written in September of 2005 to share today: 
Colossians 1:13 (The Message)
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
Jesus Fish
James 4:10
When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honor. 
My name is Susie, and I am a sinner.  I have been a sinner for as long as I can remember.  I used to depend on sin to satisfy my fleshly desires.  I am happy now to share that even though I will always be a sinner, I am now a “recovering sinner” due to the grace of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is a constant struggle to stay clean, but I know that I can always count on my SPONSOR, Jesus Christ to get me through the tough times. I know that I couldn’t do it on my own.  If I attempted to stay clean on my own, I would fail. 
I meet with my worship family and fellowship with other recovering sinners to grow stronger and learn how to share my success as a recovering sinner with those in the bondage of sin.  There are so many sinners that are not aware of the HOPE that is available to them.  They live in denial….not realizing or accepting that they have a problem.
The above declaration is similar to one you might hear if you were to be present in an Al-Anon meeting.  Alcoholics suffer from the dependency of the consumption of alcohol.  There are alcoholics who deny their addiction, and there are alcoholics who have realized their problem and seek help to overcome their addiction. 
Alcoholics and recovering alcoholics attend regular
Al-Anon meetings to remain strong and encourage others who have fallen prey to alcoholism.  They each have a sponsor to support and encourage them during the process of healing and recovery.  
I personally know an alcoholic who is an inspiration due to conquering his dependency on alcohol.  His name is Johnny Montgomery, and he uses his story to encourage others suffering from alcoholism to bring hope to those in the bondage of this addiction.  He is not embarrassed to share his story–his ability through Christ to conquer this dependency has made him the strong vibrant man of God he is today. Thus, this addiction became his platform for the Kingdom….His beautiful testimony demonstrates the supernatural power of God who saved him from the pit of destruction. 
As recovering sinners, it should be our platform to share our success of freedom from the chains of sin.  We should embrace every opportunity to seek and bring others to the best SPONSOR available. 
Lastly, the only addiction that makes sense is the addiction of perfect love in Christ. Isn’t it liberating to be fully dependent on the Almighty? We can rejoice that we are no longer a slave to sin!

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