Under the Influence

We are all creatures of addiction. We don’t all know it, but we all are. The reason we don’t all know it is because we have allowed society and culture to define what an addiction is. Hence… alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, and pornography are all that is needed to exhaust our definition of an addiction.

In reality, couldn’t we define an addiction as anything that we abuse or excessively use to the detriment of our being and/ or even of others? For believers in Jesus Christ, couldn’t that definition include anything that consistently takes our mind and heart off of our God?

If you took a serious survey of my life, you would probably classify me as addicted to all sorts of things, including Cardinals’ baseball. I am confident I abuse many things and allow them to come between me and God far more often than I like admitting.

Still, we are all aware of the detrimental influences of these societal defined addictions. Most of us can relate personally to, or by knowing someone whose life has been wrecked by their addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Our good friend, S. Keith Barnes has published an excellent tool for helping in the healing process of addicts. His work titled Under the Influence is available here [Non-electronic (yes, someone still buys real books) and Kindle version can be pre-ordered]. Also, by going to his link above, I believe there are other options. The book is structured in a sort of Daily Bread format with quotes, verses, encouragement, and an assignment for each day.

I’ve been privileged with a copy (early birds… yeah!) and having opened and read the first couple of entries, I immediately pre-ordered the Kindle version… it’s that good! I really believe this is a valuable resource for recovering addicts today… and all others, either for personal use or as a gift to a friend who is struggling with any form of an addiction.

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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5 Responses to Under the Influence

  1. sheafferhistorian says:

    Our history of alcohol consumption is better to understand. Life used to be harder, and alcohol was almost medicinal, not always recreational.

  2. robind333 says:

    Amen! Anything we put before God is considered Idolatry and could definitely classified as an addition. I found myself recently turning away from the game “The Ville” on facebook because I felt it was taking up too much of my time. I felt it was coming between me and God. So I ditched it! Thank you so much for a wonderful reminder. Many, many blessings to you…Robin

  3. Thanks so much for your kind words! God had this plan for the book to help the hopeless, and it is working, people with addictions are already using it, God gets the glory. I asked Him to let me play a small part in my time left on Earth, no matter how small, or not for eyes to see and be honored, but for Christ alone…He is faithful and true! Thanks again, and keep on posting, love your page!

  4. creditaction says:

    We were created to worship, so all worship something, if not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob then something or something else. It’s what the Bible calls idolatry.

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