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PROMISE FROM GOD
Who in his right mind would volunteer to become a slave, chained to a life of bondage?
PS A L Mjust
1 0 3what
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to get into
or a substance.
While we typically think of addiction as a problem related to drugs
or alcohol, there are other addictions that can also be destructive. We may become
addicted to work, addicted to gambling, or addicted to pornography. We all have our
dependencies. One thing
way of living
Pressures in our lives can build and pull us in different directions. These
best to us—well,
to overwhelm us. Trying to do too
is by submitting
power is the
or in can
deep anxiety and a sense of hopelessness. What is
the answer? We need a perspective that comes from God. And we also need the help
can use to
bring us his presence, wisdom,
P E T E R 2 : 1 9 | [These false teachers] promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of
sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. (See note on page 1136.)
Should I be surprised by the anxiety I am experiencing in my life?
The key to addiction is control. What controls you? Whenever we have a master,
N 1 6slaves.
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all this so that
Here on earth
will have many
else. trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
is filled with
RO MA Nwarned
S 3 :2 3 us
and sorrows that generate deep seated anxiety. The key to dealing with anxiety is to not
L O S S I A N S 1 : 2 2 | You are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single
be surprised when it comes, but to learn how to respond when it comes. While there are
fault. healthy and positive ways to handle anxiety, never neglect the spiritual help the
1 C O RSpirit
I N T H Ipromises
A N S 6 :1 1 to| provide
But you ifwere
you were made holy; you were made right
What are some causes of anxiety?
Sin is the most deeply ingrained addiction of every human being. You can’t go to a
I S overcome
3 :6 , 2 3 | So
she gave some
. . . andhelp
. . So
Son of God—to
he forgives you, he looks at you as though you have never sinned, and when
I S on
4 4 :1
8 | Then
sin.one word to you. Please, do not be angry with me, even though you are as powerful
N S 8 :5himself.”
, 7 | Those
by the sinful nature think about sinful things.
on page 44.)
It never did
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2 :1 3 -14is always
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• 2. . S. AFor
the palace, he slept with her. . . . Nathan replied, “. . . the Lord has forgiven you, and you
your own sinful
can dominate your thoughts and
this sin. to
. . . your
• L U K E 2 2 :5 6 - 6 2 | Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!” But Peter denied
T H EW 1 9 : he
2 1 -said,
2 2 | “I
. . . Attothat
have treasure in heaven. Then
follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had
Anxiety can have roots in things we have done in the past. When we sin, we can bring
along with sin’s painful consequences into our lives.
Possessions can be addictive.
• E X O D US 1 6 :2 - 3 | The whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron. “If
N S Lord
1 :2 6 - had
2 7 | killed
them to their
Anxiety can build when we fail to trust God for help.
other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with
AT T H EW 1 : 1 8 - 1 9 | Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage
lust for each other.
took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the
Sexual perversions can be addictive.
Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to
O V E R Bher
S 2 1publicly,
:1 7 | Those
who love wine and luxury
to break the
will never be rich.
Change often produces anxiety in our lives.
Pleasure, a luxurious lifestyle, and wealth can be addictive.
• J A M ES 1 :2 - 4 | Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way,
A L M 3 9it: 6an| opportunity
All our busyfor
you know that when your faith is tested, your
A R K 6 :3 1 has
for when to
time to rest and refresh your body and spirit.
life cause anxiety. Sometimes anxiety is the result of
wounds from the past that were not your fault.
• 1 CORIN THIAN S 6:12- 13 | You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything
be rich. . . . [Our bodies] were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about
and poor planning can lead to anxiety.
S 6:1920 | allowance
Don’t you realize
of the who
lives in you the
belong to yourself, for God
So you must
of our friends.
| So whether
it all is
• 11 CORIN
25:1720 | “You
need to know
of God. for our master and his whole family. He’s so ill-tempered that no one can
impair your ability to function. Taking drugs to get a high produces an artificial happiness
servants, “Go on ahead. I will follow you shortly.” But she didn’t tell her husband Nabal
or escape that is a cheap substitute for the true joy of being filled by the Holy Spirit. When
she was doing. As she was riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, she saw David
the Holy Spirit controls your life, your joy is authentic and contagious.
and his men coming toward her.
cause deep anxiety.
I be devoted
• MATTHEW 6:24 | “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other.”
What are some of the dangers of anxiety?
Devotion and addiction are different, but devotion can lead to addiction. You can be
so absorbs you
. . . I can’t carry
1:8 | We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the
• 2 CORIN
to be free from my addictions and bad habits?
trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed
S 6:16 | Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to
beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.
obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God,
The intense demands of life have the potential to overwhelm you. The expectations, the
which leads to righteous living.
criticism, and the scope of needs and responsibilities can threaten to crush even the
is a choice. We daily stand at the crossroads, choosing sinful ways or God’s
way. Choose wisely.
• LUKE 10:40- 41 | But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She
ROMAN S 12:2 | Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform
to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here
you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s
while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear
will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!”
JOHN 4:4 | You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory . . .
13:22 | “The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s
because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure
of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory
Anxiety can cause you to focus on
is the Son
you lose the big picture. Preoccupation with the issues of the
focus and the way you think.
You do this by trusting Christ to transform you and empower you to resist temptation.
to seek the
help of others, with God’s help, you have
focus on Christ
S 4:9 to
We are hunted
It’s hard to focus on worldliness when your eyes are fixed on
Keep going! Knowing that God is by your side during times of anxiety can help you to keep
giving up.let anything control us, why do we submit to the
P S ALMSpirit’s
55:22 | control?
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not
(See note on Stress on page 508.)
Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy,
• GALATIAN S 5:22-to
41:10 | “Don’t
for I faithfulness,
am with you. gentleness,
Don’t be discouraged,
for I am
strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
S ALM S62:2
8:6 || He
Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
is the only
God, and positive
Addiction See also Desires; Guilt; Lust; Temptation