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Good Addictions - WinShepherd

Warship & Worship Lead to Citizenship

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

Replacement of bad habits for good habits are a means to maturity in Christian living. In this article, Dr. Wallnau provides testimony of how one of his mentors was released from addiction and ways that we can overcome addictions and the behaviors that keep us bound. Dr. Wallnau is a well-respected teacher, trainer, pastor, author and transformational leader impacting cultures around the 7 Mountains Mandate, to influence Nations to Christian Values. Conceptually there are two ships that lead us to the mother of all ships, that being Citizenship in heaven. The first ship is the recognition that we are in a battle, we could call this Battleship, and while we battle, we also can put on the Worship. The worship is the intelligence to overcome the battles we have on the earth. Addiction can be overcome.

Not all addictions are bad. The Old King James Bible uses the word “addicted” in an interesting context: “I beseech you, brethren, ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” (1) Later translations prefer the word “devotion” to addiction.

You can form a life-long devotion or addiction to positive things like learning, health, and personal growth. I like the word “addiction” because it conveys the idea of a need that drives you or compels you to gratify the appetite. Of course, the more common use of “addiction” is negative, such as an addiction to drugs or pornography or even an addiction to certain emotions such as anger or loneliness. The human system is designed in such a way that any intense feeling that is strongly experienced and repeated has the power to form a chemical or psychological attachment.

I bring up both positive and negative addictions because in the end, you have to replace one addiction – or devotion – for another. You need a compelling “why” in order to break the power of any powerful habit that drives you.

My first mentor, Victor was once a serious alcoholic. He was taken to Alcoholics Anonymous by a man named “Doctor Calbert” who was himself addicted to drugs he injected because he had access to needles and narcotics as a physician. He picked the hardest case he could find because he believed that if the AA program could work for the worst case it could work for him. He picked Victor up while drunk in the gutter and took him to Alcoholic’s Anonymous. Victor was not an easy case, but to the Doctors amazement - he stopped drinking.

I met Victor when a friend brought me to his living room where they met each week. Vic introduced me to something spoken of in the Bible as “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Once I experienced this I had developed a new appetite. I experienced God’s presence and became addicted to that altered state. But I had an addiction of my own – cigarettes. The cigarettes began to bother me pretty quickly as I could see that they were a habit that held me captive. I asked God to take the desire to smoke away but it didn’t leave. Then I discovered a verse in the Bible that jumped off the page: “The Lord is the strength of my life.” (2) Whenever I felt tempted to smoke I repeated the promise out loud and personalized it saying: “the Lord is my strength.” When I did that the desire dissipated and I could manage to push the urge away. I had to do this a lot for three days but gradually the temptation got weaker as I got stronger. By the fourth day, I was free.

I needed a “why” and found it, but I also needed strength and located that in a promise from God. My experience has been repeated by multitudes of people who have journeyed along the same path. To be sure, certain addictions are more powerful than others and in my Pastor’s experience, it was the constant support of fellow members in his AA program that enabled him to overcome. In particular, he told me that part of his recovery was in being available 24/7 to help others overcome their addictions. Somehow in helping others to get sober, he was reinforcing his own new life.

In the end, it was Victor who had to help “Doc” Calbert, as he called him. He stayed with him night and day for several days till the fierce habit was overcome.

One of the most amazing miracles I ever saw took place with Victor while walking down a street in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He had been sober for over 20 years by the time he met me. A few years after his sobriety he attended a Kathryn Kuhlman miracle service in Pittsburgh and Miss. Kuhlman called him out of the audience and invited him to the platform. A jolt of power went through him on that platform as he collapsed backward into the arms of an usher. He dedicated his life to God that day in Pittsburg and became a firm believer in the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles and heal people. He must have been still carrying that voltage in him years later because when he and I walked the streets of Harrisburg that day as a drunk man came staggering toward us and walked up to Vic as if pulled by a magnet. Victor took hold of his right hand and held it firmly looking intently into the man’s face. A jolt of lightning like power surged out of that handshake as Victor spoke to the man about his drinking problem and how God was delivering him. The man shook, blinked his eyes and looked back as if seeing for the first time. That man visited Victor after that experience and brought his wife with him. He shared about his drinking problem and how that chance encounter and handshake had set him free from a tormenting battle with alcohol.

This describes three ways I’ve seen addictions broken. It may be by a verse of scripture tenaciously applied, or an accountability partner and community who sticks with you till you’re free or it could be a flat-out miracle. The one constant in all these examples is that God delivers.

Addictions are able to be overcome, Lance Wallnau is a living example of what is possible by faith. Lance is an agent to optimize others to their God Given potentials, he often refers to this as Level 10 Living. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly!” At the heart of Dr. Wallnau’s life’s work is to see people escape from the hands of the enemy and to live an empowered life in Christ Jesus.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Dr. Lance Wallnau