Posts Tagged addictive behaviour
I’ve been thinking a lot about compulsive behaviour recently.
to make one yield or submit
- (irrational impulse) an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
Synonyms: irresistible impulse. Type of: irrational impulse
- (irrational motive) an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
Synonyms: obsession. Type of: irrational motive
- (causing) the act of using force to cause something to occur
It seems in thinking about compulsion that it is a 3rd party activity. Someone or some thing compels us to do or say something affecting someone else or ourselves, generally negatively.
This doesn’t make a lot of sense to our logical minds. We have laws and go to a great deal of expense in our Western society to protect our freedom of choice, freedom of action. So why do we allow ourselves to be ‘compelled’ into irrational behaviour such as compulsive eating, drinking, smoking, drug taking? Well of course its addiction. But what does that tell us? That we can’t stop doing it so its addiction, if its addiction we can’t stop ourselves from doing it. A circular argument that helps no-one.
It seems obvious that the western world has spent massive amounts of money trying to unravel the mystery of compulsive behaviours. The total budget of the three NIH [US National Institutes of Health] institutes that work in addiction research in 2006 was $2.9 billion. And yet we see no solution for millions and millions caught up in addiction to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, pornography, gaming etc. We can discount the “substance” element as porn/gaming don’t require ingestion of an external substance.
But thinking in terms of compulsion rather than addiction seems to unmask a crucial element. Who is the 3rd party putting a sufferer under pressure? Isn’t this exactly how the enemy works? Temptation and submission.
What does Satan want? To kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) He does it through temptation, do compulsive behaviours not kill,steal and destroy lives? The enemy wants you in bondage to him, so that you are not free to enjoy the life Jesus came to earth and died to give you.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
but “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” (from 2 Peter 2)
What’s the answer then, how do we get finally free of the bondage?
The Word. In the gospels each time Jesus was tempted by Satan he fought back with the word.
St Peter said:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesisans 6:12
So how do we fight back?
Read Ephesians 6:12-18 and become equipped, especially with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God“