It is so easy to criticize others about what they often do or cannot do-without-doing,
It is easy to stigmatize others and label them, unwise, unintelligent and simple weaklings!
But I ask, what is YOUR addiction?
IF YOU HAVE A BIG LOG IN YOUR EYE, MIND IT FIRST, BEFORE YOU START TRYING TO HELP ANOTHER REMOVE THE LITTLE SPLINTER IN HIS!
In other words, do not crucify YOUR BROTHER OR NEIGHBOR FOR HIS FLAWS WHILST YOU ARE REEKING PUNGENTLY OF YOURS!
There are various types of battles that we face individually in our daily activities and walk with the Lord.
What is it that YOU are battling with that you know is obviously(or not so obvious!) not making God happy with you? The things that we all battle with vary, it is easy to wonder why and continually criticize someone who struggles with an OBVIOUS sin, habit or character like the proverbial dog that keeps going back to his vomit.
Getting rid of an indoctrinated, imbibed or acquired habit, hereditary character or mind-set is not an easy task because this is or these are real strongholds.
Whatever does not make God happy with us has always pleased the devil(WHOMEVER YOU OBEY IN CHARACTER, DISPOSITION AND SPEECH CONTROLS YOU AS MASTER).
Being the wicked task-master that he is, he does not let go easily of what has been willingly, or perhaps ignorantly, deposited in his possession and HE DOES NOT FIGHT FAIR, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT!
So what do we do in such situations?
Deep persistence, conscious effort and determination with the help of the Holy spirit, WE can fight any stronghold; God has said whatever MAN PUTS HIS MIND UPON TO DO, HE CAN ACHIEVE IT.
IF GOD BE FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?
As you prayerfully fight YOUR DEMONS (funny you know! The English language knowingly or unknowingly speaks that which is spiritual in our daily lives) remember that it is NOT ONLY THAT PERSON WHO ABUSES HARD DRUGS and other types of drugs that can be regarded or called an addict.
Food(gluttony is a sin),
Sex(especially outside your marriage or before you are married)
Incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality (The EVIL OF OUR TIME- Sodom & Gomorrah Re-incarnate)
And adoration of money, position or persons
All forms of adoration of material things especially going into a frenzy just to acquire more and more....shopaholics...beware!
Hatred, bitterness and prejudice
Envy, jealousy, Covetousness and lack of contentment
Stealing (even what is termed as little and most especially in the church)
Immoral thoughts and acts (Even Viewing X-rated internet websites and videos)
TELEVISION (believe it or not!), INTERNET SURFING....etc
Talkativeness (Not talking about the GIFT of becoming a motivational speaker!).....This distracts one from hearing from God, also it eventually drives the talker to speak things that do not edify anyone nor GLORIFY God.
An attitude of overt-intellectualism and Comparative-Realism(which, funny enough hinders many in our day from moving forward in their relationship with God especially in the church!)
Sarcasm......some can not string two words together in a conversation without being sarcastic and hurtful and at times they even think that they are being funny and lively!
So many vices and sins that beset, too numerous to mention and,
You know what yours is, if not ask in prayer and be watchful about it too, because some are actually subtle and unnoticeable except by those close to and around you, otherwise, it shall be made manifest in due course.
This year and henceforth, I want to move on to higher grounds and have fire fall down from heaven like in the days of old, i want to see tongues of fire on every head in a gathering of the saints; it can not happen without HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
An addiction is an unholy part of us that hinders forward movement and answer to prayers
SAY YE TO THE RIGHTEOUS THAT, ‘IT SHALL BE WELL WITH YOU’!
Indeed brethren, it shall be well with you!
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