OVERCOMING ADDICTIONS

 

PURPOSE

 

In this study, we will research the many aspects of addiction.   

 

OPENER

 

Do you struggle with an addiction?  Or, do you know someone who does?

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LESSON

 

WE WILL EXPLORE SEVERAL QUESTIONS AND PRINCIPLES CONCERNING ADDICTION.

 

1.      FIRST, WHAT IS AN ADDICTION?

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(1)       The first component is the obsession, which is a mental preoccupation or craving.  For example, the workaholic may obsess about the tasks that need to be completed and the constant guilt feelings that whisper, “You need to be doing more.”  Or an alcoholic may obsess or crave after a drink.

 

(2)       The second component of the addiction is the compulsion, which is behavior that lives out or acts out the mental obsession.  For example, the workaholic works twelve-hour days at the office to satisfy his craving for work.  An alcoholic has his drinks to satisfy his craving for alcohol.  A compulsive spender buys things that he cannot afford to satisfy his craving.

 

2.      SECOND, IS AN ADDICTION A DISEASE?

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3.      THIRD, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT PEOPLE BECOME ADDICTED TOO?

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4.      FOURTH, LET'S EXAMINE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ADDICTION?

 

a.      THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WE ARE NOT TO BE MASTERED BY ANYTHING.

 

Read (1 Corinthians 6:12).  What did Paul mean when he said, "I will not be mastered by anything"?

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For what are our bodies meant for (1 Corinthians 6:13)?

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What is so special about our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)?

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How can these verses help us to overcome our addictions?

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b.     THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WE MUST NOT GET DRUNK WITH ALCOHOL WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST ADDICTIVE AGENTS.

 

Read the following verses.  What do you learn from each passage about the affects of drinking alcohol?

 

Genesis 9:20-27

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Proverbs 23:29-35

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Esther 1:10-2:1

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1 Corinthians 5:11

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21

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Can you think of any other problems that alcohol produces?

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What benefits of drinking alcohol can you point to that would outweigh the obvious costs, risks, and tragedies that result from this legal but dangerous drug?

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Instead of drinking alcohol, we should do what (Ephesians 5:18)?

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5.      FIFTH, HOW DO WE OVERCOME AN ADDICTION?

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      An addiction is a disorder not a disease.  It is something that we can overcome.

 

2.      The Bible teaches that we must not be master by anything. If we love God, then we will do everything in our power to honor Him by taking care of our bodies.  Since our bodies do not belong to us, we should not abuse them with harmful addictive agents.  Our love for the Lord should inspire us to stop abusing our bodies with the addictive sins of the flesh.

 

3.      If you struggle with an addiction, then may the Lord help you conquer it…

 

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