Today is Sunday and I did promise to write an inspirational post on Sundays in keeping with the ‘Church’ mood…
Many times we ignore the little sins, the little foxes that ruin our vineyard, the ones that have become habits or ‘innocent addictions’ that are accepted as normal behaviour in our culture and sometimes we even forget to include them in our confession of sin because we believe that if we overlook them, God will overlook them too. We seem to have managed to pull the wool over our eyes but God is not mocked…
Let’s analyse the 7 little addictions that we ignore and even dance heartily the morning after in the front pews of church after a night of suspect behaviour.
…An addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behaviour or substance for personal gratification and enjoyment despite its negative consequences either in the short term or in the long run…
Here’s my Top 7 ‘Ws’ List…
2. Women (sex—>fornication/adultery)
3. Weed (+smoking and recreational drugs)
5. Web (Internet: social network addictions/ internet fraud/ internet porn)
6. Whacking (whacking eba and food in general like the world is ending tomorrow)
7. Wealth (Get rich or die trying; Hustle till u kpef!)
The Lord answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.
1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
There’s a thin line between satisfaction and enslavement…
To satisfy means to be content, to gratify a need, to fulfil a desire or expectation, to make happy…
To enslave on the other hand means to lose freedom, to subjugate, to lose control…
The bible says ‘He gives us freely, all things to enjoy…1 Timothy 6:17B’ but what father would be happy if his child got destroyed by a present he had given the child? That would be downright irresponsible!
Not gonna preach 😉 and believe me, I’m as guilty of many of the 7Ws as the next Christian but as the year comes to a close, I think it’s time for sober reflection. Everyday someone dies and no one knows when the curtain will fall…it’d be great to put our houses in order especially the crooked paintings we have gotten accustomed to bending our necks to view…
A righteous man falls seven times and rises up again…Proverbs 24:16. It is never too late to dust yourself up, go back to the Creator and get yourself back on track!
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Alcohol has always been a big part of our culture and I would generally put it under the ‘satisfied’ category but a lot of people have unwittingly become ‘enslaved’ to the god of wine.
Here are the signs of alcohol addiction and even if you don’t have any of these signs, if drinking makes you misbehave or act irresponsibly or endanger the lives of those around you or say words you later regret or fall sick or have memory loss and unaccountable behaviour, or get into fights, be sure that you have abused it and God frowns at it.
Signs of alcohol dependence:
– You cannot quit drinking or control how much you drink.
– You need to drink more to get the same effect.
– You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
– You spend a lot of time drinking and recovering.
– You have given up other activities so you can drink.
– You keep drinking even though it harms your relationships and causes health problems.
– You drink in the morning, are often drunk for long periods of time, or drink alone.
– You change what you drink, such as switching from beer to wine because you think that doing this will help you drink less or keep you from getting drunk.
– You feel guilty after drinking.
– You make excuses for your drinking or do things to hide your drinking, such as buying alcohol at different stores.
– You worry that you won’t get enough alcohol for an evening or weekend.
– You have physical signs of alcohol dependence, such as weight loss, a sore or upset stomach (gastritis), or redness of the nose and cheeks.
This isn’t my list, it’s the alcohol dependence list from http://www.webmd.com
And there’s also the risk of liver cirrhosis and cancer. I know a guy who died last year from liver failure brought on by binge drinking. A friend of mine attributed this to the deceased drinking mostly spirits and decided to stick to beer. Alcohol in the long-run is still alcohol. It is processed by your liver in the same manner…
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink
Abstinence has become old school in the new generation despite the rise of sexually transmitted diseases especially HIV. In Nigeria there are about 3.3million people living with HIV and trust me you can’t tell by looking at their faces or inspecting their genitals! The Bible hasn’t been re-written to excuse your weaknesses. God still frowns at fornication and adultery no matter how cool the new school has made it.
1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
Smoking increases risk of death ~3fold in people aged 40-70.
Smoking approximately doubles mortality rate in men and increases by about 33.2% the risk of death by cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Yes smoking calms your nerves or is ‘peer-pressure cool’ or keeps you warm on a cold night or clears your head or even goes well with alcohol like boli and groundnuts 😉 but it’s killing you and worse still it’s killing the hot-looking ‘passive smoker’ seated beside you whom you may or may not care about, at an even faster rate…
1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Statistics show that as many as 90 percent of the male population and 60 percent of the female population masturbate. Masturbation is the manipulation of the genitals, usually to orgasm, without sexual intercourse. There is no scientific evidence that masturbation causes physical harm. Myths abound about masturbation, crediting it with causing insanity, blindness, pimples, warts, and even hair growth on the palms of the hands. Masturbation is always done in private by those still considered sane, only the insane would venture to do it in public but we must remember that we are never alone…
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Would you wank if you knew you were constantly being watched by a great audience including all your dead relatives? I think not! Remember that if you are not proud of it, chances are you shouldn’t be doing it…
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
Internet addictions seem to be the mildest and least harmful. We reason that if we are not jerking off to internet porn or defrauding a lonely old Caucasian looking for an African queen, then our hands are clean. If anything takes up so much of your time that your relationship with the people around you and especially God as well as your duties are relegated to the background, then there’s a big problem.
Let your moderation be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.
You sabi chop! 😉 Food was made to be enjoyed but if you are eating so much that you make your body unhealthy or start to feel bad about your weight or you feel sick afterwards, then there’s a problem. Not all weight is food-induced but remember that God frowns at gluttony aka ‘oju kokoro’ and there are so many people in the world starving that eating more than our bodies can handle hardly seems fair…
Besides have you noticed how sleep settles on you after a heavy meal? It’s physiological but too much sleep makes the useful hours of the day fly by way too fast!
Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags..
Who doesn’t love money? Money is the root of all evil yet money answereth all things! Both are in the bible and the bible actually condones hard work aka the hustle! I think the key word here is ‘contentment’ because without it, our quest for wealth becomes one laced with greed, envy, dishonesty and avarice!
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
We all know the truth deep down and sometimes it seems so impossible to do right by God but we must never stop trying. His grace is sufficient for us. The worst kind of sinner is one who doesn’t care about his sins anymore or even feel bad about them and more often than not, he encourages others to sin too. You’d be surprised that we have a lot of this breed in our churches today. You and I included. We must seek God and truly repent.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.
A new week starts…Have a great night peeps…xoxoxo 😉