I can quit anytime I want !!!!
I only do it on the weekends !!!
I don't have a problem !!!!
These are just a few of the lies we tell ourselves as an addict. If you want the truth, ask yourself 3 questions.
- Do you think about it more than your family's needs?
- Does my family suffer from my pursuit of this addiction?
- Does my addiction keep me from being the husband, wife, man or woman that God wants me to be?
If you understand and answer these questions honestly you will realize that you need help if you are an addict. That does not mean just drugs and alcohol. Addiction has many forms like shoplifting, gossip, cell phones, etc.... YOU CANNOT DO IT ALONE !
There are many groups out there like N.A or A.A for all types of addictions.
Romans 7:7-25 (NIV)-The Law and Sin
7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a] 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[b] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[c] a slave to the law of sin.
This is not a message of condemnation. This is a message of Hope. Jesus loves us all and knows the battle we face on a daily basis. He reaches out to us through several different groups and many people are here to help. Call someone you trust and ask for help. Or look for a local A.A. or N.A. meeting.
Help is out there, We have to accept it and be Honest. God bless you.