You’ve probably had sufficient time since the sermon Sunday to come up with some really solid rationalizations for your personal addictions. I would imagine the enemy has been helping by providing sufficient evidence as to why your particular addiction(s) are okay and even provided you with a list of reasons you shouldn’t need to give it up.
You may have tried to convince yourself that you’re in control and “I could stop any time I want.” You may also just be plain apathetic and know you have things in your life that have mastery over you and you just don’t care.
Wherever you are in this battle, you can’t escape the voice of the Holy Spirit. Unless, of course, you don’t have a relationship with God. In that case addiction isn’t your biggest problem. If you know Jesus as your savior, I would imagine you’ve felt the Holy Spirit pressing into your addiction if there is something in your life that has mastery over you. Let us end the hypocrisy of condemning the addictions to drugs while we keep our acceptable addictions and make excuses for them.
Let’s be people who make no room in the sanctuary of our hearts for anything except Jesus. If you don’t have anything in your life that has mastery over you, I would encourage you to be in prayer for those still in darkness and those who are stubbornly refusing the voice of the Holy Spirit in this area of their lives. Let’s knock this stronghold down together and seek the face of God without the chains of addiction holding us back.
“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.” – 1 Corinthians 6:12