By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Addiction of sin has increased, in these latter years, with the help of electronic devices. America has blossomed forth into the ugliness of sin and is not being dealt with as in previous years. There is an increasing demand for ungodliness; otherwise, it would have died out from lack of interest.
God's Word reveals that the prophet Hosea was tasked to cry out against Israel which had cast off the thing that is good (Hosea 8:3) with the addiction of sin increasing. They had forgotten their Maker and had gone a whoring from God (Hosea 9:1). Society had become corrupt and God's law spurned.
If one were to give in to sin, such as Israel of old, and were given a guaranteed immunity, from discovery and exposure, how far would one go? Scripture admonishes one to let not sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof (Romans 6:12).
Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust (or desires), and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin: and when it is full-grown, brings forth death (James 1:14-15). Conversion (accepting Jesus Christ into one's heart and life) results in obtaining salvation; forgiveness and victory over the addiction of sin; by continuous yielding of one's will to God and His Word.
Addiction is an abnormal strong craving. An example, given in the Bible, is alcohol, and its influence (Proverbs 23:29-35). Its description is finalized with the words: I will seek it yet again.
Scripture gives an answer to the addiction of sin: The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Being made free from sin, we become servants to God and have our fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22-23).
One cannot free themselves from the addiction of sin without the benefit of a heavenly Father, and a loving Savior, who cares for us. Jesus' cleansing blood, shed on the cross of Calvary, so very long ago, is just as effective today, towards the repentant in heart, as when initially shed! Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from ALL sin (1 John 1:7).
Jesus said: I stand at the door and knock (the door of one's heart); if any man hear my voice, and opens the door (and only you can), I will come into him, and will dine with him and he with me (Revelation 3:20-21). I have been dining on that invitation for some 40 years now!
It is a wonderful feeling when one accepts Jesus into their heart and life. On the day of my salvation, I experienced an inner peace, and the Spirit of the Living God, for the first time in my life. What Jesus did for me He can do for you (Acts 10:34). He can set one free from the addiction of sin! One does not have to wallow in the sinful nature of man but can be set free from its destructive nature!
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