SERMON NOTES | Weeds: Addiction
This is a series about things that can distract, hinder, and prevent us from fully thriving in our Christian life. Things that can choke out the work of God in our life. (Mark 4:1-20)
Addictions are the things that control us even though we believe we can control them. Paul wrote, “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14). Your addiction should never master or rule over you. Paul said, “I have the right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12).
6 Questions to see if you are mastered by something:
- Do your friends and family say you have a problem?
- Do you continue even though you are hurting people?
- Do you arrange your schedule around it?
- Can you go a week without it?
- Is it leading you to isolation and damaging your relationships?
- Are you trying to keep it a secret?
Lies we tend to believe:
1. You are defined by your addiction.
– Our adversary wants us to personalize and internalize our addiction.
– You are who God says you are.
2. You will always live with guilt and shame.
– Satan wants to convince you that you are not only defined by your addiction, but you are debilitated by your addiction.
– Guilt traps us, shame hinders us, but Jesus frees us. He says you can be justified.
- No more excuses (Philippians 4:13)
- Take drastic steps (1 Corinthians 15:33; James 4:7)
- Fill the void (Ephesians 5:18)
- His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). Don’t allow a rerun to ruin your reset.
If you are struggling with an addiction there is power in the name of Jesus to set you free.
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