1. What do you think are some root causes of addictions?
Read Jeremiah 2:13. Who quenches the deep thirst for something satisfying in life? Only God. People try to fill that thirst with everything but God and they dig trenches, bigger, longer and wider, trying the same things that don't work, don't quench their thirst.
2. What are some of the dangers of revealing the truth? Why do many feel the need to hide these addictions?
3. What are some ways you can get help without embarrassing those who are struggling?
4. How can you help someone when they are in danger?
5. What are some steps you can take to get help?
Start by learning who Jesus is and what He can do to set you free from this sin/addiction by reading the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Plan 3-4 things you are going to do before you cave-in to the urge to go to your addictive behavior: Pray for God's power to avoid this temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), memorize some scriptures about Christ's power in your life (Phil. 4:13), decide to do something else (a healthy activity), call someone to talk and pray with.
6. What steps should you take to help set you free from these temptations and addictions?
Prayer is the key. Praying to Christ for the power to change and power to resist the temptation. Read Matthew 6:9-13. Real Freedom comes when we surrender our lives and hearts to God and admit that we cannot overcome this sin in our lives without His help and intervention.
7. What should one do when we get an urge to return to an addiction?
Jesus gives power to overcome the temptations and the addiction when a person surrenders his or her life to Him. It is through Him and His power that you will ultimately find true freedom from and victory over this addiction. Why? Because He will meet your deepest needs and provide the power to overcome your addiction. Read John 8:34-37, 10:10.
8. Where can you draw strength from while living with someone with addiction problems?
9. What additional thoughts or questions do you have on this study?
10. Please pray for me in these areas: