“He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Phil. 3:8
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.” I Corinthians 6:12
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy that you stopped by today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will come to lean on a strong God…a God who can truly fill every empty void in our lives!
You know…when we think of the word addiction; we tend to focus on drugs and alcohol alone; but I have come to see through time; that we can become addicted to other things around us, as a means of dealing with the emptiness and pain of the past.
Personally, I guess I could say that I struggled with 2 forms of addiction in my life. The first was the addiction of food. Before I even came to know Jesus, in the way I know Him now; there was definitely emptiness deep within the heart, which actually stemmed from a lot of hurt and pain from the past. As I look back, I realize more and more that I used food, as an addiction, in two ways. The first was a means of protecting myself from being further abused sexually, which meant that if I was overweight; then just maybe, my grandfather would leave me alone. The second, was to keep myself happy. To me…food seemed as if I was having a party…a time, when life could look better and feel better, then what it really was at the moment. You know…it’s amazing, as to how we can be drawn into these forms of addiction, without even realizing it; that is until later…when our eyes become opened to the truth, as to what is really taking place within us.
The second addiction that attempted to take over my life, was the use of pain meds. It wasn’t an addiction, like what you see on the streets; but rather, it was an addiction that caused me to lean on pills, more than God. In fact, I was so caught up in the pain and everything that had taken place, for so many years of my life; that I couldn’t see it any other way…that is, until I came to a place, where the medications weren’t even touching the pain; then it was time to come off of them. But one thing I can say; is that when I did come off of them; these moments actually became the time, when I was either going to lean on God or fall prey to the pain. Even to this day, I struggle with a lot of chronic pain; but God has now become my pain pill…One I cry out to, when I can’t handle what is taking place within my body.
You know…I have personally come to see that addictions of any kind…in other words…anything that controls our lives; only places us in a prison cell of despair…a place where our only companion; is the addiction that’s ruling and reigning over us.
Today, we need to realize that these forms of addiction; are only Satan’s way of controlling our lives; so we aren’t able to discover the One, who can truly fill these empty spaces with Himself. Think of it this way…when we experience loss or any other kind of hurt in our lives…that alone, can make the chambers of the heart feel as if they serve no real purpose, which only makes us feel empty within. Once our hearts become empty; we tend to look for other ways to fill that emptiness; so we can continue to feel happy in life; but we don’t always realize that when we allow the wrong things to enter the heart…things that can control our lives in the wrong way and take us further away from God; that these forms of addiction are only adding to the pain of a once empty heart.
The only way we are going to find a peace that can truly fill these empty chambers of the heart; is when we first allow God to break the chains of addiction within us. Once these chains have been broken…chains that have connected us to Satan and his control; then that is when God will truly move into the heart and fill the emptiness…brought about by evil, while filling us with His perfect peace. Let go…and let God break the chains of addiction that are keeping you addicted to evil and reach out and connect your heart with a God, who longs to fill every moment, with a love that will truly fill the emptiness within!
Blessings on your day!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."