5 – Facing Addiction
An addiction is anything we can’t live without.
What problem is occurring in my life that I need to mask the pain or emptiness with an addiction?
Instead of running to an addition, run to Jesus.
“You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth” 1 Samuel 17:33
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:34-37
“Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.” 1 Samuel 17:39
“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” 1 Samuel 17:45-46
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
You have two choices when it comes to vulnerability:
1) Lean in on the negative side of vulnerability and feel unable and inadequate.
2) Lean into the person of Jesus Christ and in feeling vulnerable, admit your weakness and rest in His power.
1. Talk to Him in prayer.
2. Rely on His grace
3. Walk in His power
“greater is He who is in us, then he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
everyone who has ever done anything great for God had some sort of weakness.
– How comfortable are you talking about your addictions? Why or why not? Does talking about healthy vulnerability tonight make it easier?
– Are you able to see below your addiction(s) to the cause? What is under there?
– Where have you identified your biggest giant in this series (fear, rejection, comfort, anger or addiction) and how does it show up in your life?
– What are you walking away from this “Facing Giants” series with as an application?