Category Archives: Addiction

Two Sides

Eccl.10:17 “Happy is the land whose king is a noble leader and whose leaders feast at the proper time to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk.”

As long as what you run to is not God, that thing has become an idol. What is your barn? Yesterday, I shared two of my barns in the past – cereal and video games. Sadly, some people think that their ‘cereal’ is better than another person’s cigarette, Read the rest of this entry

Seeker Heart II

Isa.42:3 “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.” (NIV).

God cannot ignore a genuine seeker and David understood this which was why he said in Ps.51:17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.” (NKJV). That is why everyone that seeks God genuinely, finds God. Read the rest of this entry

Dear Woman

John 20:14 “She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.”

The only thing that could satisfy the thirst Mary had was Jesus. Like we said yesterday, Mary was not impressed with the linen wrappings, or with the head covering that was majestically arranged, and she was not even impressed with the angels. Read the rest of this entry

Him Alone

Isa. 55:1 “Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy grain and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost [simply accept it as a gift from God].” (AMP).

It is possible to come to the waters and not drink if you are not thirsty. Interestingly, it is only what you thirst for that can satisfy your thirst. Nothing else can. Peter and John had left but Mary could not leave, she was thirsty because, at this point, all Mary had was Jesus. Read the rest of this entry

Placebo

Isa.40:27-28 “O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary…”

For the next couple of weeks, even as the year winds down, we will be looking at the five D’s that attempt to prevent us from rejoicing. We will be dismantling the five D’s Read the rest of this entry

Yours Not Mine

Job 23:13 (VOICE) “He alone is one True God; who can alter Him? Whatever He desires within Himself, He does. 14 For He will carry out exactly what He has planned for me, and in the future there are more plans to come.

 

Suicide is murder. A lot of people have been in a place where they questioned the relevance of life. If you are reading this today and this is the question on your mind, or you feel like your life is useless or of no value at all,

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Find Rest

Ex.20: 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested.”

 

Find time to rest! This is not a suggestion, it is an instruction. Rest is not the exclusive preserve for a privileged few. If you are a student, resting would mean taking a break from studying and just playing.

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Time Off

Ex.34:21 (VOICE) “ You are to work for six days; but when the seventh day arrives, you are to observe the Sabbath and rest. Even when it is the time to plough and harvest, you must still rest on the seventh day.”

 

The story most times is, a lot of people feel burdened with what they have to do tomorrow. The burden for tomorrow’s work is often more than the pleasure we find in what God has already enabled us to do today. Just calm down.

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Worship vs. Idolatry

Ex.20:4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…”

Augustine of Hippo defines idolatry as, “…worshiping what should be used or using what should be worshipped” God says we must not commit idolatry. Read the rest of this entry

Antidote

Lu.12:15 (GN) “And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be”[with emphasis]

 

A lot of people hate to admit it but the truth remains that work can become an addiction. People can damage their souls, damage their families, damage their spiritual development, and damage their own physical health. But God is offering us a cure – His cure for workaholism. God is saying R-E-L-A-X! Read the rest of this entry