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Day Five: Stay Woke

Friday, October 9th, 2015

As we have seen this week, the Biblical theme of idolatry can be associated to modern addiction. Adultery in the Bible can also be a helpful analogy for challenging current obsessions. If you go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and listen to people share about their struggles, you would think that people were describing adulterous affairs. The attachment that forms during addiction can become that intimate.

“My wife said to me that I was going to have to make a choice-either cocaine or her… It was clear to me that there wasn’t a choice. I love my wife, but I’m not going to choose anything over cocaine. It’s sick, but that’s what things have come to. Nothing and nobody comes before my coke” (R. Weiss and S. Mirin, Cocaine).

Sin is irrational. Sin is seductive. No one begins by saying, I want to be an addict, I want to spiral out of control, I want to damage all my relationships. Apart illegitimate pleasures, many times, things begin quite innocently.

“While I was at the window of my house, looking through the curtain, I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense. He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman, strolling down the path by her house. It was at twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness fell. The woman approached him, seductively dressed and sly of heart.

She was the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home. She is often in the streets and markets, soliciting at every corner. She threw her arms around him and kissed him, and with a brazen look she said, “I’ve just made my peace offerings and fulfilled my vows. You’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are! My bed is spread with beautiful blankets, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen. I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning. Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, for my husband is not home. He’s away on a long trip. He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month.”

So she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery. He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life. So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to my words. Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path. For she has been the ruin of many; many men have been her victims. Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.” (Proverbs 7:6-27 NLT)

Declare war against sin, against your addictions that deaden you to real pleasure. Confess that you truly can’t help yourself…but then proclaim, like a battle cry, that God can help you! “The only possible attitude toward out-of-control desires is a declaration of all-out war. Actually, the war has been declared. The enemy has already made a preemptive strike; sinful desires already ‘war against your soul’ (1 Peter 2:11). We simply need to be awakened by faith to engage in a counterattack” (E. Welch, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave).

- JP

Day Four: “A Cookie is Just a Cookie”

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Day Three: American Idols Season MMXV

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Day Two: The Ruler’s Back and He’s Here to Assist

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Day One: I Have the Right to be Most Beneficial

Monday, October 5th, 2015