Charla went from being a meth addict to a food addict. When she spends money she always does it in excess. She is a wonderful person with a loving husband and two daughters. She has a lovely home. But she has an addictive personality. She can’t just enjoy life in bits and pieces – it’s all or nothing.
Mitchell can’t stop buying things: motorcycles, trucks, new building projects. Then he turns around and sells them so that he can buy more. He is a faithful provider and husband – he just has an addictive personality.
An addictive personality refers to a particular set of personality traits that make an individual predisposed to addictions. Addictive behaviors are defined by the “excessive, repetitive use of pleasurable activities to cope with unmanageable internal conflict, pressure, and stress.
It is not good or balanced, it is unhealthy. Some people just can’t do things in moderation – it must be to an extreme.
We live in a society where it is easy to become addicted since our society has been blessed with excess. If you want extra food you can get it. If you want more liquor you can always find some. If you want to sit in front of your computer for 5 or 6 hours a day – no worry, your unemployment check will come. America accommodates addicts. We now have a nation of addicts. It is not good.
How can you find out if you have an addictive personality? Answer one question: Can you live without “it” for a month, a year? 2 years? permanently?
A recent study was done on a university campus. All wireless systems, e-mail, Facebook, texting, computers, etc. were shut down for 48 hours. There were students who were having panic attacks and ended up in the emergency room. The first step to freedom is to recognize the addiction.
Here is the challenge: Get off of your computer, Facebook, spending, porn, liquor, sugar, t.v. – (whatever you do RELIGIOUSLY) for 30 days. Many of you couldn’t handle it. So many people live below what God has for them. Addictions keep us wrapped up in wasting time, energy, money, health and vigor. It is a powerful yet subtle tool of Satan to sidetrack us to the true purpose God has called us to.
Take a moment and ask God to show you what you are addicted to. It is the thing you don’t want to give up.
We have addictions because we need these things to fill our pain. When the emptiness and pain is gone we no longer need the addiction. Get healing from your pain. Read my teaching on Balm of Gilead. https://jackieosinski.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/the-balm-of-gilead-part-1/
Then pray this prayer with me.
“Lord, I have an addictive personality. Once I get set free from one addiction I run to another. It is binding me from being the man/woman you have called me to be. It will stop me from fulfilling my mission here on earth. Give me the power of the Holy Spirit to break this addiction and to fill my life with healthy things. All those areas of my life that are empty, I ask that you now fill them – I don’t want those addictions to replace you. Heal me and help me.” amen.
Freedom is waiting for you to take the first step.