Managed Bondage

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Managed Bondage

Is there a difference between the counsel of God and the counsel of man? Absolutely! And you don’t have to settle for the mortal version. One example that easily demonstrates this difference is in the area of addiction. The world teaches that addiction is irreversible. The typical phrase is “Once an addict, always an addict.” In this model, addiction becomes identity. The addict is encouraged to confess that he or she is an addict and never to say otherwise. So an alcoholic who hasn’t had a drink in 20-years is encouraged to introduce himself as a “recovering alcoholic.” To speak of himself as recovered is to engage in denial and invite relapse. This model of treatment focuses not on helping the alcoholic get free, but rather on helping him manage the bondage. Freedom is believed to be unachievable.

Get the beliefs you base your life on ONLY from the Word of God. The stakes are too hight to do otherwise. Addiction was never intended to be identity and is reversible. Most who believe in a “Higher Power,” also believe he has the power to “cure addiction.” Otherwise,his power would not be that much higher. So the assumption is made that this Higher Power chooses not to do so.

For the follower of Christ, THE HIGHER POWER is God. God’s Word tells a very different story.

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.””
Genesis 4:6-7 NIV

“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
Genesis 4:7 AMP

“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.
John 8:36 AMP

God not only has the power to set the addict completely free, He has made His power available to those who call Him Lord. Those who use His power experience a level of freedom that places God on display. Only God can set the addict “really and unquestionably free.” Those who have been set free were addicts but they are no longer. They have been given mastery over the forces that once ruled over them.

Light does not manage darkness, it eliminates it. And God does not manage addiction, He eliminates it. Things that are eliminated do not have to be managed.

Common forms of managed bondage include:

  • Substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, drugs, food, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Debt
  • Anger
  • Gambling
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