Addiction and the Demon Possessed Man

  • Shane Adkisson
  • Jan 25, 2018

We all have needs.  If we have certain needs that go unmet, we end up with a void.

We then begin looking for ways to fill that void and meet that need.

Often, we begin looking for something that will make us feel accepted, wanted and approved.

It's like in Max Lucado's children's book, "You Are Special."  (You have to read it!) We begin collecting stickers.  It's as if we go through life and when we do something good it's like someone gives us a "gold star!"  Becasue of our emptiness, we want to feel loved and accepted so that gold star becomes so important to us.

But, when we mess up in life . . . if we do wrong things and we feel unworthy and don't feel loved, accepted, approved and wanted--it's like we get a "gray dot."  Pretty soon, we've got all these dots.

Whether you're searching for stars or trying to get rid of dots . . . it makes you prone to addictive behavior because you're trying to meet that unmet love need.

Brennan Manning once said, "Wholeness is brokeness owned and thereby healed."

It's the one's who own their brokeness and give it to God who are made whole.

I've been thinking about addiction and bondage and how hard it is to break free and leave addictive behaviors.  I've been drawn to a passage of scripture in Luke 8 about Jesus' encounter with a demon possessed man.  Take some time and read it.

Now, I realize you may be wondering, "Wait a minute.  Are you saying that all addicted people in torment are demon possessed?"  

No.  However, when we choose inappropriate ways to fill the voids in our lives some can lead to addiction.  Some may usher in demonic forces.  

BUT HERE'S THE KEY:  Either way, it's oppresion by evil.

So whether you're wrestiling with an addiction from your past or one that is in your face right now, see if you see any similarities between this man (beginning in Luke 8:26) and your situation.

Did you notice the torment this guy is dealing with?  Did you pick up on the fact that he seems hopeless?

This guy is no longer making sensible decisions.  He's living in a graveyard.

Remember AA's defintion of insanity?  Insanity = Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Did you notice the false reality he's living with?  He appears powerful but he can't control the destruction inside his life.  He's living in the tombs.  The people in the story care more about the pigs than they do this guy.

Ever been like that?  On the outside you appear powerful, but on the inside you can't even control the things you do?

This guy wasn't in control.  He was being controlled.  And Jesus knew it.

Sometimes we cave into the idea that "image is everything."

We're so afraid of the light that we stay trapped in the dark.

We're dying on the inside, but on the outside . . . "I'm okay."

After all, image is everything . . . right?  Not according to God.

Proverbs 28:13 says, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy."

Maybe that's our next step.

I want to encourage you to internalize that scripture.  Wrap your mind, heart and soul around it and do it.