month we spoke of the "prisons" of body, mind, and
spirit in which we find ourselves too often--and we defined a
"prison" as any bondage that makes life less than God
intends it to be. Other Biblical words for the same idea are
"affliction," "torment," "weakness,"
and "infirmity." All cover much the same ground, as in
Matthew 4:24 (NKJV):
. . and they brought to Him [Jesus] all sick people who were
afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were
demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
darkness of this age
of these "afflictions" or "torments," of
course, are quite respectable: fear, envy, resentment, obsessive
grief. Others--the ones we’ll focus on today--are less
respectable. They’re commonly categorized as addictions.
where do addictions come from? Clues are scattered all
through the New Testament, and one of the clearest is in Ephesians
For we do
not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
plain truth is that all addictions--to alcohol, sexual sin,
cigarettes, bad eating habits, drugs, shoplifting, pornography, gossip,
gambling--are the work of our adversary. So let's be bold
and identify them for what they really are: demon-driven torments.
And let's be equally bold in drawing on God's power to deliver us from
how do we do that? The same way Jesus did: by speaking His Word with
authority--the authority that He has conferred upon us as members of His
Body in Matthew 18:18 (NASB):
Truly I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever
you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
You can stand
like many serious Christians, you find that an addictive
behavior is tripping you up, you can stand against it in power right
now. Put your hand on your head and take authority over what's
the Name of Jesus Christ I break all demonic power over my mind. I
have the mind of Christ. I no longer crave things that are bad for
my mind or my body. The blood of Jesus has freed me from all sinful
and destructive thoughts.
you'll keep on praying that way, you'll soon be free. So stand firm
and don't give up! Let the cleansing blood of Jesus bring new life
into your mind!