Just one more, please???!!!
One more what?
That’s what I want you to answer! What do you need just one more of to make it through this day? What is it that will make your hardship easier to handle?
- Pain pill?
- Anxiety med?
- Drink of alcohol?
- Hour of social media?
If our answer isn’t “CHRIST!” we may be looking at a stronghold in our life. For many women in Paul’s day, their answer was
I need more wine!
He told Titus to tell the older women to teach the younger women that they were not to be given or controlled by wine. Titus 2:3 The reference of wine includes the enslavement to anything that takes the place of our utter dependence on Christ.
It’s easy for us as we age to swallow the lie that, “I have earned the right to a little pleasure! One more ______________ won’t hurt.” We become slaves to it and then believe the lie that we could walk away from it if we wanted to.
Titus 2:3 the ESV says, slaves to much wine. And it means to be held and controlled against one’s own will. “This is what happens when we become enslaved to certain substances or habits or activities – anything that we deem essential to our happiness, sanity or survival.”
That slavery can be called many things – addiction, compulsion, stronghold, or dependency.
In her book, Adorned, Nancy listed some of the other common compulsions that enslave many women – even Christian women today. They might include:
- Food – binge eating as a way to numb feelings. 1 in 4 women in churches struggle here.
- Diet and exercise – Hooked on being healthy – it’s all they talk about. Exercise, carbs, scales, etc., consume their world and conversation.
- Shopping – What starts out as a way to meet needs, ends up spending and overspending, hiding receipts and purchases in order to relieve pent up pressure.
- TV, Media – Panic sets in when the Internet is down and you’re not able to check in, scan Facebook or Instagram.
- Prescription medications – At one time needed for one thing, now relied upon just to get us out of bed or “give a little more energy.”
If you’re still not sure if you have something in your life you’re enslaved to, try going without it for 30 days.
If you find you can’t, then ask yourself,
Who’s the master, and who’s the servant?
There is hope for you, if you do find yourself a slave to something!
Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4:18-19
How does it happen?
Not by willing ourselves to do so, but by yielding ourselves to our Master. It won’t necessarily happen in a moment, but in each moment as we yield ourselves to Christ.
Now…and now…and now.
We can live in victory over sin’s pull by appropriating His strength to worship Him, rather than that other god.
Reach out if you need help. Ask a strong believer to make you accountable. Keep yourself constantly yielded to Christ.
He is enough!
You can hear more on this chapter by listening to the Adorned (7) podcast here.
You can be free!