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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Rebecca Droeger

Last week, the topic of discussion was the highly addictive nature of humans.  This week, we’ll look at how it ties in with Bible Prophecy.

While humans have not changed in respect to their addictive nature, there seems to be no inhibition.  In fact, the behavior is often glorified and revered.  The entertainment industry is replete with examples of unrepentant addicts.  Think of Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and a host of others. 

At least entertainers used to put up the pretense of being sorry for their actions.  Nowadays, most of them seem defiant and spiteful.  They give the impression that they could care less about what anyone else has to say and that it is “their right” to do as they please.

It should not come as a big surprise to students of Bible Prophecy that this type of behavior was predicted almost 2,000 years ago by the Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 3-5 NKJV):

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power."

Paul further goes on to say:

"Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was." (2 Timothy 8-9)

Sadly, these noted attributes are becoming all too common amongst the general populace.  Of course, they’re not restricted to just addicts; however, they sure describe the sentiment amongst addicts that refuse to see their addiction as unhealthy.

Notice how Paul highlights how their “folly will be manifest to all.”  Never more in human history has someone’s folly (idiocy, recklessness) been more readily broadcast than the current time.  Most of the time, the general public finds out more information from Twitter or Facebook before it even airs on the news.

News becomes world-wide within a matter of seconds whereas in ancient times, it could take months or years for news to travel.  Wars have ended before various battles were fought.

Also, since we are close to the Rapture and the Seven-year Tribulation, we see the unfolding of activities that will be rampant during the last seven years of the Earth as we know it.

Look at how the following verse from Revelation 9:21 sounds eerily similar to what is going on nowadays:

"And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts."

“Sorceries” is translated from “pharmakeia” in the original Greek in which the New Testament was written.  It means “drugs.”

So, if folks are not repenting of their addiction to drugs now, it appears it will not be any better during the Tribulation.  This even after all Hell has been released on Earth.

As we discussed last week, addictions do not just affect those who have issues with drugs.  In fact, I know many individuals addicted to technology.

My husband and I are forever chastising our niece to put down her phone, iPod, or get off the computer while she visits us.  She is only 13.

She cannot even put it down for a minute.  Sometimes we’ll see her on all three.  We have had to ask her to leave her things in the car before just so we can actually have interaction with her.

If that was not bad enough, our own daughter has an addiction to a particular video game.  It was so bad that we had to limit her playing time to the weekend.  All she would do or think about was what she could do next to play the game.  She would not concentrate on her homework, sports practices or any other activity because she was constantly thinking about playing this game.

She did not want to do any of the things she normally liked to do like play outside or visit family because she just wanted to stay home and play the game.  She would get hostile and mouthy if we told her that she couldn’t play the game right after school.

That’s when we put a stop to it. 

This was her first week on the schedule and she has been a much nicer young lady.

Of course, not all addictions are as easily curbed or controlled.  In fact, I am not necessarily convinced that she isn’t still addicted.  All I know is that we’re not hearing about it constantly and she’s finally partaking in other activities and enjoying herself.

So what does God say we should do about these vices?  I mean, we basically took control of our daughter and curbed the activity.  We did not take her addiction away.

God’s answer can be found in Galatians 5:16-18:

Walking in the Spirit

"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.   For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law."

OK, that is glorious news!  All we have to do is walk in the Spirit, and we won’t succumb to the lusts of the flesh.  Perfect, now I don’t have to worry about being such a huge disappointment to our King.

Oh, if only it were that simple.  Walking in the Spirit is not an easy task because we still have such overwhelming fleshly desires.

God gives us additional resources through Paul in Galatians 6:1-5:

Bear and Share the Burdens

"Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.   But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.   For each one shall bear his own load."

So, God tells us that bearing and sharing one another’s burdens will help restore us spiritually.

The result may not be immediate, and we may struggle with various addictions throughout this life-time; but God comforts us and helps us by having us share and bear one another’s burdens.

Also, knowing that God conquered sin once and for all at the Cross is of great comfort.  We may be struggling with a sin that weighs us down; but Christ already overcame it for you in eternity with His sacrifice and Resurrection:

"And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

Even though the World struggles with addiction, know that we don’t have to follow in their footsteps.  As the timing of the Rapture grows nearer and nearer, we’ll most likely continue to see mankind spiral out of control.

Look up, my Brothers and Sisters.  Our redemption will be here in the blink of an eye! 

"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."  (Luke 21:28)

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