Welcome to God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems podcast. This is podcast #7. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Ordained Chaplains USA and Life coach. We don’t have to look far to see that many people in the world are dealing with a variety of problems and are in need of solutions. No matter what problem you are facing — whether it is emotional, mental, psychological or spiritual — Jesus Christ holds the solution that you need. As we walk together in this podcast, we will address a number of topics that exist in the world and present solutions from the Bible that will help you heal and live life more abundantly. Our aim in this podcast is: (1) to introduce you to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of all healing; (2) to provide you with information that will help you to understand the problem; and (3) to help you by providing solutions to your problems.
Our passage from the Word of God today is Psalms 33:18. It reads, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.”
Our quote for today is from Anne Graham Lotz. She said, “If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.”
Our problem today is “The Problem of Addictions in Your Life” (part 1) from the book, “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins:
Today, we want to share with you some definitions and key thoughts on dealing with addictions:
Rachel was very active in the church, along with her family. Although she was not always reliable, she was eager to help. She attended church regularly — even the midweek services. One Sunday evening Rachel came in late. She was loud and obviously drunk. Her children were in tow and very embarrassed.
Tim never seemed to have money for all his bills. He was also sick a lot with a constant stuffy nose. Then a congregation member saw him on a street corner in the city playing the cello and begging for money.
Fifty percent of child abuse and neglect cases are connected with the alcohol or drug use of a guardian.
Notice with me these definitions and key thoughts:
– An addiction is a dependence on a substance (alcohol, prescription medicine, marijuana, or street drugs) or activity (gambling, shopping).
– An addiction is a physical (as in alcohol or most other drugs) or psychological (as in gambling or shopping) compulsion to use a substance or activity to cope with everyday life. For example, without alcohol, the alcoholic does not feel “normal” and cannot function well.
– Addiction is a behavior that is habitual and difficult or seemingly impossible to control. It leads to activity that is designed solely to obtain the substance or cover up its use — the housewife hiding bottles all over the house, the drug addict shoplifting to support the habit, the gambler embezzling to pay off debts.
– Characterized by the defense mechanism of denial, the addict blames his or her problems on someone else — the boss is too difficult, the spouse isn’t affectionate enough, the kids are disobedient, or the friends are too persuasive. The addict refuses to take responsibility.
– Drug addiction is the biochemical dependence on a substance — over time the body needs the substance in ever-increasing amounts to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal.
– Non-drug addictions include compulsive overeating, gambling, sexual addiction, such as that to pornography, compulsive spending, and smoking.
In our next broadcast, we will discuss Causes of Addiction…
Dear friend, if you do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live forever with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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Until next time, my friend remember that God has a solution to all of your problems.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.