How you define addiction determines the approach you will take in helping yourself or others. This emphatically biblical approach represents an exposition of relevant scriptures resulting in the inevitable conclusion that addiction is a spiritual stronghold within which sin predominates. A brief survey of the numerous competing definitions of addiction is covered.
The more like Christ we are, the more power we have over temptation and sin. Hence, Christlikeness is the goal for every student. (Proverbs 5:22, John 8:34, Romans 6:12/16, 8:29, 2 Peter 2:19).
This session is primarily an explication of the Romans 6 theology that the believer is free from the controlling power of sin. The nature and effects of sin are covered. You learn that you are not powerless over habitual sin. Rather, it is sin that has been made powerless over you (Romans 6:6). This passage demonstrates that it is well within the ability of the believer to stop addictive behavior. This teaching is prerequisite to breaking free from addiction. If you apprehend this truth you are well on their way to true & lasting freedom from addiction. (John 8:32, Romans 6:1-8:2, Gal. 5:1, 13).
Do you want to change? Do you want to change biblically? If so, what is the biblical prescription for change? The biblical prescription for change is the renewing of the mind, but how is that accomplished? Further, what does it mean to take a thought captive and how is that done? These topics and others are answered in this session. A great deal of attention is given to this critical area of study. The Think-Feel-Act progression is explained. (Romans 12:2, 13:14, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 10:3-5, Ephesians 4:27, 1 Chronicles 21:1, Acts 5:1-5, 1 Kings 22:21-22, Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:2).
Behind all sin lies temptation. Many fail in their battle against sin because they attempt to eradicate the sin rather than respond biblically to the temptation. Some Christians are looking for a way to avoid or “escape” temptation. Others are attempting to resist it. Neither of these responses is the biblical teaching on how to deal with temptation. This session is a deep and thorough discussion of temptation, its characteristics, and the biblical instruction for responding to it. (1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-4, 14-15). .
There is a difference between breaking free and remaining free from addiction. Walking by the Spirit is the key to remaining free from addiction. It is not as much a spiritual state to be strived for as it is a type of activity to be engaged in. Scripture clearly teaches that freedom is to be acted upon in order to ensure continuing spiritual formation. The focus of maintaining our freedom is not to pour all our energy into resisting temptation. Rather, we are to be spending our time engaged in activities that are conducive to spiritual growth. How we occupy our time determines if we will live in freedom. (Galatians 5:16, Titus 2:14, Ephesians 5:15-18, 1 Peter 2:16).
The single biggest reason that Christians relapse is because they dry up spiritually. But actively serving God precludes a stale and impotent Christian life. Sanctification is incomplete without the essential component of service. None of us become what God created us to be without doing what He created us to do. We are created and saved to serve. Unless and until you discover and live out what it is that God put you here for, you will never find purpose, meaning, and fulfillment in life–you will always be frustrated. (Galatians 5:13, John 15:1-17, Romans 6:19, Ephesians 4:11-16, Proverbs 11:25, James 2:22).