Addiction or distortion

Many of you know, some of you may not, but I have struggled in my life with addiction. Some of it more serious than others, but none the less, it has been apparent.

As I get older, and a bit more exposed and complete, I have stumbled upon an insightful list that I wanted to share. It has to do with addiction, personal motivations and the thought process I know I have gone through… here is an excerpt…

Almost every book on fighting sin focuses on how we can react better at the moment of temptation. Thousands of tips and techniques are laid out to keep us from acting out. While helpful, these books miss the point: we didn’t reach this moment randomly. We got here by gradually distorting our view of God ‘back there’.

Those prevention tools made sense until we allowed ourselves to entertain a thought that would eventually lead us into crisis. The moment those safeguards are needed, it’s too late. We no longer want them to help. We are now way past wanting to do right. The problem is actually rooted far back when our course was fundamentally altered. The problem is our distorted picture of God.

The distortion is a pall over our eyes, keeping light out. That distortion is there because we believe these five things about God:

  1. God can’t satisfy me as much as this sin.
  2. I’ve always been this way. I don’t believe you’re powerful enough to change that.
  3. There is something fundamentally wrong with me.
  4. I don’t believe God has been fully good to me.
  5. I’m going to feel like a failure anyway, I might as well enjoy it!

These are the root beliefs behind the permission we give ourselves to fail. They are all formed from picturing God separated from us.

Taken from a wonderful book by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol & Bill Thrall called “The Cure”

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