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Inside Out

Week 5 Addiction

For five weeks, we will be tackling issues that have raged out of control over the last couple of years like anxiety, anger, depression, hurry and addiction. Our goal is to let God help us through these hard times, so that when challenges hit us and we start to feel it on the inside, we’ll have the tools to work it out.

Addiction is a personal attempt to solve an emotional problem.

“I’ve learned that all people are addicts, that addictions to alcohol and other drugs are simply more obvious and tragic addictions than others have. To be alive is to be addicted, and to be alive and addicted is to stand in need of grace.” – Gerald May, Addiction and Grace

Addiction is really the worship of a false idol.

Romans 1:21-23, 25 (NLT) The people traded the truth of God for a lie.

Isaiah 44:9-10, 19-20 (NLT) The people bought into a lie and worshipped something worthless.

Addiction becomes a voluntary slaver with diminishing returns.

Jeremiah 2:13 (NLT) The people abandoned God and tried to fill the hole with something that can never fill it.

Romans 6:14 (NLT) People can live in the freedom of God’s grace.

To receive freedom and grace, you have to:

1. Admit you have a problem.

2. Allow God to meet your underlying need.

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