Summary: Sermon to help people be freed from addictions. Used visual illustration, stacking bricks and then breaking them with my elbow...kids don’t try it at home
Busting the Hell Out of Addictions
My goal over the next few weeks is to help you break the power of Satan in your life. To break the chains that hold you and pull down the walls that stop you from fulfilling all you can be in the Lord.
Satan’s snares come in many forms…but most common to us; his snares come in the form of addictions.
Addictions to things like cigarettes, and alcohol, drugs or sex, overeating and overspending keep us bound up, tied down. When we get into that condition, we cannot experience God’s freedom found in Christ.
Ga 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Ga 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
How do addictions come?
After spending years studying the issue and counseling addicts, I can tell you that addictions are very complex. Yet, I also know that many people who engage in harmful behavior (even if they would not be clinically diagnosed as an addict) do so as a result of unresolved family trauma.
Unresolved family trauma is at the root of most major life conflicts facing individuals and families. Addictions, personal dysfunction, relationship conflicts, divorce, and abusive behaviors often find their origins in a painful family history. All families and individuals encounter trauma at some point in their lives; the way we handle trauma often determines how it will affect our lives and our family’s life for years—or generations—to come. When an individual or family does not seek to heal these wounds, the legacy of trauma is often passed on to the next generation in varying degrees.
What are some addictions that are common today?
o Alcoholism and drug addiction, including addiction to prescription medications.
o Workaholism, as seen in long hours, extended and/or numerous business trips, many hours working at home and during vacations, work preoccupation, over-involvement in outside interests such as clubs, politics, religion, or sports.
o Sex addictions, including Internet pornography or cyber relationships, affairs, pornography, pedophilia, prostitution, chronic masturbation.
o Relationship addictions involve an adult engaging in multiple romantic relationships, often choosing people who are incapable of commitment. This tends to take a cyclical form, where partners who all share similar characteristics (usually negative) are recycled in and out of a person’s life.
o Rage addiction is a pattern where anger and explosive rage are a dominant method of controlling relationships and dealing with life stress.
o Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, over-eating, use of food as a means of controlling emotions, and hording of food.
o Compulsive exercise includes driven excessive exercise (at times combined with eating disorders).
o Smoking and other tobacco use.
o Money addictions include parental overspending, gambling, or hording of finances.