Proverbs 4 7-4-18

I met an addict the other day. I saw another one this morning–when I looked in the mirror!

Proverbs 4:26-27 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. [27] Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

It sounds so simple, but I promise that the “straight and narrow” is IMPOSSIBLE without the Helper, the Holy Spirit. We all have an addiction to sin; it’s in our DNA. Some folks struggle with obvious addiction: alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. The rest of us struggle with hidden addictions: avarice, greed, jealousy, envy, malice, etc.

What is an addiction?

Addiction- the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice…

Jesus said,

John 8:34 “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

When we meet together for church, it ought to be like an AA meeting: “Hi. My name is Kelly, and I’m an addict.” Aren’t we glad that the Spirit gives us both the DESIRE and the POWER to do His will (Phil. 2:13) and to overcome sin in our lives (Romans 8:1-2)?!

There’s a reason why it is so difficult to overcome the addiction to sin. Here is the rest of the definition:

…or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

We are afraid of the “fall-out” if we were to confess the things that defeat us routinely. The problem is that “forecasting,” even accurate forecasting, falls outside our jurisdiction. We simply don’t know what God can do through our transparency and obedience. Sure, it wouldn’t be pretty, and would definitely be painful, but it would be the HEALING of our souls.

James succinctly said,

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man [one who has fulfilled the first part of this verse] is powerful and effective.

May we all take His forgiveness seriously and trust Him enough to confess our addictions, and let Him minister to us through His Body, the Church.

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