LISTEN: The Problem of Addictions in Your Life, Part 1 (God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems #8 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems podcast. This is podcast #8. 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 Isaiah 40:31. It reads, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Our quote for today is from Rex Rouis. She said, “A desire becomes a hope when we discover a reason for its expectation, and there is no better reason to expect something than a promise given in the Word of God.”

Our problem today is “The Problem of Addictions in Your Life” (part 2) from the book, “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If this podcast has been a help and blessing to you, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins. It is available on our website for just $30. You can make your purchase today at ordainedchaplainsusa.org.

Today, we want to share with you some causes of addictions:

Dawn loved the bingo games. No one thought much about it until a neighbor discovered her young children home alone one night while Dawn was playing the cards at the bingo parlor.

Reggie had always been famous for how many beers he could drink without feeling any effects. But something had changed. He’d been drunk several times recently, according to friends. You’re called in when he’s arrested for a DUI.

In 2001 there were 1.4 million arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That is 1 out of every 137 drivers.

Notice with me these causes of addiction:

– Emotional: Addicts are emotionally wounded. One study of sex addicts found 81 percent to be sexually abused, 74 percent physically abused, and 97 percent emotionally abused.

– Relational: Addictive behaviors are positively related to troublesome early life relationships. For adults, addiction causes stress in interpersonal relationships and leads to social difficulties.

– Physical: Addicts become physically dependent on their substances of abuse, experiencing withdrawal without them.

– Cognitive and Behavioral: Addicts often have illogical or irrational thoughts that cause them to forget their identity as children of God. Unrealistic expectations about themselves and others are also common.

– Spiritual: Addiction at its core is rebellion against God. In addition, whether it is drugs, alcohol, or sex, the addiction becomes a false idol to the addict.

Now, notice with me the character of addiction:

– Unmanageability: For addicts, their dependency on the addiction is out of their control.

– Neurochemical Tolerance: God designed our bodies to adapt to what is presented. Therefore, addicts experience tolerance — their bodies need increasing amounts of a chemical/behavior to procure the same effect.

– Progression: Many addicts begin by simply experimenting — trying out a drug, going to a casino, taking a puff on a cigarette. However, because more is needed to achieve an effect, the addict will increase addictive actions in strength or frequency.

– Feeling Avoidance: The addiction is used to improve the addict’s emotional/psychological state — it is a way of avoiding feelings, such as loneliness, anxiety, anger, and sorrow.

– Consequences: Estrangement from God, the manifestation of habitual sin, health issues, and social and interpersonal problems are all consequences common to addiction.

In our next broadcast, we will discuss the Assessment and some General Questions…

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.”

If you need further coaching please visit our website at: http://www.ordainedchaplainsusa.org.

If you have other questions about life’s problems for this podcast, please email us coach@ordainedchaplainsusa.org.

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.

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