Freedom from Addiction
Addiction. Before I go too far into this Blog post let me say that what I’m writing about doesn’t comes personal experience. In my early years, I was surrounded by addiction. I grew up with it from the time I was twelve years old. Between my own life, my brother’s lives and all of our friends we were engulfed by addictive behavior from alcohol to drugs.
I’m passionate about this topic because I know what God has done in my life and my family’s life. My brothers and I personally experienced God’s redemption from addictive behavior. So, I know that God can deeply affect a boy and his brothers, and not just fix their addiction, but also save them from Hell itself. I know there is nothing that God can’t do. Nearly thirty years later all three of the Berger boys love Jesus and we’re deeply involved in His work. God redeems people.
Let me give you a definition of “addiction.” It’s trying to meet a deep spiritual need with an unholy destructive solution. It is trying to find peace apart from the Prince of Peace, salvation apart from the Savior, healing apart from the Healer, or satisfaction apart from the Satisfier.
What are these deep spiritual needs?
- We deeply desire peace and relief, so we turn to drugs and alcohol
- We want love, so we turn to unholy relationships and actions.
- We want acceptance, so we turn to pornography
- We want significance, so we turn to money, status and power
- We want friendship, so we do whatever peer pressures demands.
We see a great example of this in John 4. It’s the story of the Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the well. This woman had some issues. She had an unsatisfied and addicted life. She was looking for love and acceptance and bouncing from one husband to another until she was simply living with man #6. Jesus says to this discontented soul who can’t find any joy, “If you would just drink the water that I have for you, you would never thirst again.”
Jesus is gently and lovingly telling her that He could bring complete satisfaction into her life and help her meet her deepest spiritual needs. He could take her brokenness and addition and she could be saved, redeemed and transformed.
I love what Ravi Zacharias wrote, “It would have been very easy for the Lord to call her bluff with some castigating words. Instead, like a gentle and nimble-handed goldsmith he rubbed away the markings of sin and pain in her life until she was amazed at how much true gold he brought out in her.”
Jesus is in that business and He hasn’t stopped. There is nothing that prevents him from redeeming any of you today. He can save, satisfy, heal and give you peace, today.
If that is something you want I have great news. In Luke 4:18 Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God, has come to set people free from broken, addicted, harmful strongholds. He has come to set people free because freedom has always been the will of God for His people.
In John 8:32,36 Jesus is again speaking and says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” You see, this isn’t a questionable freedom; this is an “indeed” freedom. This is a solid freedom, a secure freedom, and a real freedom.
Do you want to be free from your addiction? Are you ready to find real peace? Real love? Real acceptance? Real significance? And real friendships? Then, like the woman at the well, entrust your life to Jesus Christ. Drink His living water. Receive Jesus’ work on the cross. Receive what only He can give you. Receive His Lordship and unfailing love. Do it today.
He will free you; I’m a living example.
 Ravi Zacharias, Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend, (Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2008), 306.