Freedom from digital vices and addictions

Posted by: | Posted on: April 20, 2014

By Pastor Osiri Wisdom

Addiction defined.
1. Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by a loss of control. Addicts continue their use despite adverse health, social or legal consequences.
2. Compulsive behaviors despite consequence in a bid to re-experience the initial thrill or highness.
3. It is a progressive disease, with the user needing a larger quantity / frequency of substance, environment  or persons to achieve tolerance and dependency effect.

Please note, Addiction is a DISORDER not a DISEASE.
Again the personality of Addiction is NEUTRAL. Meaning you can be addicted to anything. In fact, in the general sense of the word, addiction is universal. People are addicted to things, places and feelings. So, addiction in a sense is not bad, what is wrong is what each person is addicted to. So we have Negative addictions (Rom. 7:15) and Positive addictions – (Matt. 6:33).

The Struggle for Dominance
There is a constant struggle to maintain order and balance. The negative influence and the positive influence are always in an intense struggle for dominance. Read this:

Galatians 5:16-21 (KJV)
16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17[For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.] 18[But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.] 19[Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are ] these[; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,] 20[Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,] 21[Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told ] you[ in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.]

Addiction to vices are classified as negative. I life that is full of these negative addictive behavior is a life without boundaries. A life without respect for laws and rules. A life of unbridled attitudes, actions and affections. A life that is not sensitive to others. What we call negative addictive behaviors are therefore fruits of a life that has no respect for boundaries.

The fight for dominance and control is real and constant.

 Romans 7:15-20 (KJV)
15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16[If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that ] it is[ good.] 17[Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.] 18[For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but ] how[ to perform that which is good I find not.] 19[For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.] 20[Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.]

The good news is that each of us can exercise the choice of control.
Romans 6:16 (KJV)

[Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?]

Common forms digital Vices and Addictions

1. Video Game Addiction
2. Social Media / Internet Addiction
3.  Sexual Addictions
4. Online Shopping Addiction
5. Television Addiction
6. Smart Phones Addiction
7. Digital Associated Addiction

Negative Effects Digital Addiction
1. Behavioral changes
2. Impairment of judgement and coordination
3. Greater likelihood of aggressive acts
4. Depression
5. Physical and mental abnormalities
6. Lowered productivity
7. Damage to vital body organs – Liver, kidney, heart and Brian.

Signs of an Addiction
1. Changes in Behaviour
2. Mood Swings
3. Defensiveness
4. Blaming
5. Keeping Secrets
6. Lying

Psychological Symptoms includes:
Depression, Anger, Withdraw, Anxiety, Secretiveness, Lying, Defensiveness
Bizarre behavioral, Attitude change, Truancy, Stealing, Selling personal items
Changes in acquaintances and friendship, Declining scholastic performance , Declining professional performance, Change in personal appearance
Absenteeism, Change of or loss of interest in leisure activities

Physical Level
– Withdrawal symptoms
– Changes in stepping patterns
– Weight gain or loss

Addiction Development pattern
1. Interest
2. Desire
3. Pressure
4. Trail
5. Experience
5. Compulsive
6. Habit based on usage (frequency and volume)
7. Dependence

The Tripod of Addiction Freedom Process
The freedom process of any form of addiction will require these three elements :

1. Spiritual
John 8:36 (KJV)
36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

2.  Mental
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…”

Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3.  Habitual
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I look forward to sharing more on these insights at the conference.

Please permit me to declare to you again, that:

You can, you shall, you will, in fact you must fulfill your destiny for all you need is already provided. Your background cannot keep your back on the ground. Your future is bright. This is your season and your time is now. MEET ME AT THE TOP.  I cherish you! I value you!

Osiri Wisdom
Lead Pastor, The Wisdom Place, PH.
(Visit www.thewisdomplace.net for for his inspiraing podcast, follow him on twitter and Facebook @osiriwisdom or call 08033743339)





One Comment to Freedom from digital vices and addictions

  1. Cybermissionary says:

    Young people love the e-world. This love eventually leads to addiction if not checked properly.

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