by Eddie Snipes

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Overcoming Addictive Behavior (6 of 9)
Series: Stop Trying to Fix Yourself
Eddie Snipes

Now that we’ve examined the flesh versus the Spirit, we need to carry that understanding into our daily lives. We all have addictions. Some are socially acceptable, while others are not. Some addictions of the flesh are more destructive than others. Addictions are just the cravings of the flesh. The flesh craves to be fed, affirmed, acknowledged, gratified, and satisfied.

The truth is, you can never satisfy the flesh. The Bible says, “The eyes of man are never satisfied.” This is true. A few years back there was a survey that asked people how much money they needed to be satisfied with their income. The person making $20,000 said they needed 40. The person making $40,000 said 80. Across the economic scale, nearly every person said they needed double what they were making in order to feel satisfied. John D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in history, was asked how much was enough? He said, “Just a little bit more.”

This is the nature of the flesh. No matter what appeals to your desire, gratifying it will never create satisfaction. Gratification is the temporary satiation of a desire. It is the point when we’ve consumed enough to temporarily stop the desire. Sometimes it’s the point where we loathe our desire. But satisfaction remains strangely absent.

A person with an eating disorder doesn’t stop when the need for nourishment is fulfilled. They are driven by the desire to find satisfaction in the food. Yet the more they consume, the less they feel satisfaction in this life. The same is true for sexual addictions, greedy addictions, addictions of rage, and substance addictions.

Have you ever met a satisfied alcoholic? Or drug user? Addictions that require money are quicker in their destruction, but in the heart, every addiction is destructive. Happiness can’t be found in satisfying the flesh. Even religion can be an addiction.

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