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Taking the Initiative
I will not be brought under the power of any. I Corinthians 6:12
Being sober sucks. At least that’s what statistics indicate. The numbers are staggering. Twenty-seven million Americans use drugs regularly, or drink heavily, and almost 12% of young people use illicit drugs. Prescription drugs reveal similar findings, with an estimated 17% of adults misusing prescribed medication.
Without a doubt, addiction is a pervasive problem, spanning every race, culture, and class. Yet one thing can likely be stated about each person in these stats - no one sets out to become an alcoholic or an addict. No one makes it his or her goal to fall under the bondage and personal destruction that addiction brings.
Sadly, the problems of addiction invade even the church. Yet, we ought not be surprised. Two thousand years ago, the apostle Paul warned believers not to allow anything to put their lives in bondage.
Listen to the wise words in today’s verse, “I will not be mastered by anything.” We take the initiative, we take the first step, stop waiting for God to perform some sort of hocus-pocus deliverance – He will not. But, once we take the first step, we find He is there with all the resources of heaven. He provides the motivation to find freedom. We must quit getting into bed with our habits and hang ups. We begin by taking the initiative to arise in glad obedience.
Following Christ brings the ultimate freedom from sin, judgment, and hopelessness. What a tragedy to allow ourselves to become enslaved to anything. Addiction will only destroy and derail His plan for us. The Lord will use our initiative to transform us into the temple of His Spirit.
Are you suffering from an addiction of any kind today? You don’t have to be mastered. There’s freedom in Christ to live the life of purpose He planned for you from the beginning. Perhaps you’re tempted by an addiction. Remember Paul’s warning that such actions form a dangerous road.
Have you ever struggled with a temptation toward an addiction of any kind? How can you prepare to overcome such a temptation the next time it confronts you or a family member?