I am an addict

488 I am a addictiveIt's very hard for me to admit that I'm addicted. Throughout my life I have lied to myself and my environment. Along the way, I've come across many addicts who depend on things like alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, tobacco, Facebook and many other drugs. Fortunately, one day, I could face the truth. I am addicted. I need help!

The results of the addiction are always the same for all the persons I have observed. Your body and your life situation begin to deteriorate. The relationships of the addicts were completely destroyed. The only friends left for the addicts, if you can call them that, are drug dealers or suppliers of alcohol. Some of the addicts are completely enslaved by their drug traffickers through prostitution, crime and other illegal activities. For example, Thandeka (name changed) prostituted herself for food and drugs from her pimp until someone rescued her from this terrible life. The thinking of the addict is also affected. Some begin to hallucinate, to see and hear things that do not exist. A life of drugs is the only thing that counts for them. They actually begin to believe in their hopelessness and talk, drugs are good and should be legalized for everyone to enjoy.

Every day a fight

All the people I know who made it out of addiction recognize their predicament and dependency and find someone who takes pity on them and brings them straight from the drug lair to the rehabilitation center. I met people who run an addiction treatment center. Many of them are ex-dependents. They are the first to admit that even after 10 years without drugs every day remains a fight to stay clean.

My kind of addiction

My addiction started with my ancestors. Someone told them to eat from a certain plant because it would make them wise. No, the plant was not cannabis, nor was it the coca plant that made cocaine. But she had similar consequences for her. They fell out of the relationship with their father and believed the lie. After eating from this plant, their bodies became addictive. I inherited the addiction from them.

Let me tell you how I found out about my addiction. When my brother, the apostle Paul, realized that he was addicted, he started to write letters to his brothers and sisters to warn us against the addiction. Alcohol addicts are referred to as alcoholics, others as junkies, crackpots or dopers. Those with my kind of addiction are called sinners.

In one of his letters, Paul said, "Therefore, as sin came into the world through man, and death by sin, so death came to all men, because they all sinned." (Rom 5,12 LUT) Paul Realizing he was a sinner, because of his addiction, his sin, he was busy killing his brothers and putting others in jail, thinking in his corrupt, addictive (sinful) behavior that he would do something good All addicts needed Paul to have someone to show that he needed help, and one day, while traveling on a murderous journey to Damascus, Paul met the man Jesus (Act 9,1-5), whose entire life's work was addicts like He came to the house of sin to take us out of the house Like the man who went to the brothel to get Thandeka out of prostitution, he came and lived among us sinners he could help us.

Accept Jesus' help

Unfortunately, at the time when Jesus lived in the House of Sin, some thought they did not need His help. Jesus said, "I did not come to call the righteous, but I came to call sinners to repentance" (Lk 5,32 GNÜ). Paul came to his senses. He realized that he needed help. His addiction was so strong that even though he wanted to quit, he did exactly the things he hated. In one of his letters he lamented his condition: "Because I do not know what I am doing, because I do not do what I want, but what I hate, I do" (Rom 7,15 LUT). Like most addicts, Paul realized that he could not help himself. Even when he was in rehab (some sinners call it church), the addiction remained so strong that he could have given up. He realized that Jesus was serious about helping him put an end to this sinful life.

"But I see another law in my limbs, that is contrary to the law in my mind and holds me captive in the law of sin which is in my members. I miserable man! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So I serve with the mind the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin "(Rom 7,23-25 LUT).

Like marijuana, cocaine or heroin makes this sinful drug addictive. If you have seen an alcoholic or drug addict, you will have realized that they are totally dependent and enslaved. You have lost control of yourself. If no one offers them help and they do not realize they need help, they will perish because of their addictions. When Jesus offered help to some sinful people like me, some thought they were not slaves to anything or anyone.

Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, "If you will abide by my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Then they answered him: We are Abraham's descendants and never have been one's servant. Then how do you say: you should be free? "(Joh 8,31-33 LUT)

A drug addict is a slave to the drug. He no longer has the freedom to decide whether to take the drug or not. The same applies to sinners. Paul lamented the fact that he knew he should not sin, but he did exactly what he did not want to do. Jesus answered them and said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that does sin is the servant of sin" (John 8,34 LUT).

Jesus became a human being to liberate people from this slavery of sin. Christ has freed us to freedom, so remain steadfast and do not let yourself be forced under the yoke of slavery! (Gal 5,1 GNÜ) Look, when Jesus was born as a human, he came to change our humanity so that we are no longer sinful. He lived without sin and never became a slave. He now offers the "sinless humanity" for free to all people. That's the good news.

Recognize the addiction

About 25 years ago, I realized that I am addicted to sin. I realized that I was a sinner. Like Paul, I realized that I needed help. Some recovering addicts told me there was a rehab center there. They told me if I came, I could be encouraged by those who also tried to leave a life of sin behind. I started attending their meetings on Sundays. It was'nt easy. I still sin from time to time, but Jesus told me to focus on his life. He took my sinful life and made it his own and he gave me his sinless life.

The life I live now I live by trusting in Jesus. This is the secret of Paul. He writes: "I am crucified with Christ, I live, but not me, but Christ lives in me, for what I live in the flesh now, I live in faith in the Son of God, who loved me and himself for Surrender me "(Gal 2,20 LUT).

I have realized that I have no hope in this addictive body. I need a new life. I died with Jesus Christ on the cross and rose with him in the resurrection to a new life in the Holy Spirit and became a new creation. In the end, however, he will give me a brand new body that will no longer be enslaved to sin. He lived his whole life without sin.

You see the truth, Jesus has already freed you. The knowledge of the truth frees. "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (Jn 8,32 LUT) Jesus is the truth and the life, you do not have to do anything to help Jesus, in fact, He died for me when I was one Sinner. "For by grace you are saved by faith, and not from you: it is God's gift, not from works, that no one should boast. For we are His work, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in it "(Eph 2,8-10 LUT).

I know many people look down on addicts and even condemn them. Jesus does not do this. He said he came to rescue the sinners, not to judge them. "For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through him" (John 3,17 LUT).

Accept the Christmas present

If you are affected by an addiction, ie sin, you may know and realize that God loves you very much with or without addiction problems. The first step to recovery is to break away from your self-imposed independence from God and into total dependence on Jesus Christ. Jesus fills in your emptiness and your shortcoming, which you have filled up with something other than spare. He fills it with himself through the Holy Spirit. The total dependence on Jesus makes them completely independent of everything else!

The angel said, "Mary will give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins" (Mt 1,21 LUT). The Messiah, bringing the salvation implored for centuries, is here now. "To you today is born the Savior, who is Christ the Lord in the city of David" (Luke 2,11 LUT). The greatest gift of God for you personally! Merry Christmas!

by Takalani Musekwa