When Someone You Love Is An Addict

Most of us have someone we love who is an addict. They may be addicted to porn, alcohol, drugs, food, or something else. I’ve seen a couple of typical responses. The first is the Spiritual guilt trip – stop it or you’re going to hell. If someone is deep enough in addiction, that won’t be too motivating. Another typical response is enabling. We give them excuses. We pay their bills so they can fund their addiction. We know they like porn, so we buy them a Playboy magazine. We know they bury their problems with overeating, so we bring them a pie. Whether or not you want to face it, addiction is spiritual warfare. Dig deeply enough in Scripture and you will see the connection. Therefore, we have to use something stronger than another drug or a simple “God help me daughter quit being a meth-head. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

I have been doing some study on fasting recently. Isaiah 58 talks about the spiritual benefits of fasting. In verse 6, it says “to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke.” If you really want to fight the devil on behalf of someone you love who is struggling with addiction, add fasting to your praying. It is here that you enter another dimension of spiritual breakthrough.

I know this isn’t popular. How many of us want to give up food for one day? One meal? What if we knew we would see mighty things happen if we did this? Jesus began His earthly ministry this way. Countless men and women of God did this in times of crisis and distress. If it worked then, the same God is still able.

Are you tired of seeing defeat after defeat? Maybe it’s time to abstain from food, drink water, and pray like never before.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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