Why should you try to find God?
How does a person go from being in control over their life, to being controlled by all the things in their life?
All addictions start off as tiny little seeds that are planted in the fertile soil of our heart. These seeds grow by giving us some type of reward and we may grow to hate the addiction but we have grown to love the reward. Without the reward there would be no addiction.
When you are trying to help a person break an addiction it’s not that you need to convince them the addiction is bad, wrong, or evil but they need help giving up the reward. A smoker may have read all the reports on lung cancer but they can’t give up the nicotine reward. A drug dealer may give you your first drugs for free because they know if they can plant a seed in you they will reap a reward from you.
The Bible says in Galatians 6:8: “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
There are bad rewards from wrong and evil seeds and there are good rewards from pleasant and Godly seeds. We live in a world that passes us both kinds of seeds and we get to choose which seeds we want to place in our hearts. We have the right to choose but once you choose, no matter how strong you may think you are, you’re hooked.
Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
Only by removing or replacing the reward you can break an addiction. No one stands at the altar on their wedding day and polls the audience to see if there’s a good divorce lawyer in the crowd. A couple get married with hopes and dreams of a good life because they are hooked on each other. They are rewarded by being together but if they allow trouble to remove or replace their rewards with sorrow, heartache and pain then their once happy estate will end in turmoil, anger and divorce.
Jesus comes along and for anyone who is willing to follow Him. He offers them rewards. He forgives their sin and gives them His amazing grace. He replaces internal upset with internal peace. He replaces life’s deepest sorrow with His marvellous joy. He freely gives us an everlasting life in Heaven rather than eternal judgement in the lower city.
Psalm 103:2: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” I invite people to attend church where they can sit and hear the truth of what the Lord offers. After they hear about Heaven’s benefit package they can decide for themselves if they want to invite Jesus into their heart and allow Him to be the Lord of their life.
If you live in sadness why don’t you give Jesus a chance to bring you His gladness. If you have been praying this week for some kind of help, some kind of hope, some kind of miracle may my words today be used to point you in the right direction.
God bless you all.