Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The old sin nature and overcoming addictions in life.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This passage starts out by dealing with the fact that we all must learn to operate in faith-rest when we study passages that seem to contradict the nature or essence of God.

Paul understands perfectly the concept that the unbelieving Jews are now up in arms and antagonistic to what he just taught from ROM 5:1-9:18.

ROM 5:1, Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
ROM 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

ROM 5:18-20, So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

ROM 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

ROM 7:17, So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me.

ROM 7:20, But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

ROM 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

ROM 8:28-30, And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

ROM 8:33-34, Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

ROM 9:6-7, But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.”

ROM 9:11, for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God’s purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls,

ROM 9:15-16, For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

ROM 9:18, So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

2CO 5:16, Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

Instead of accepting the truth and admitting their failure they just simply fell back on one or more of the three arrogant skills: self-justification, self-deception, self-absorption.

JOB 40:8, “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?”

PSA 51:4, Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, And done what is evil in Thy sight,

Many believers are just like the early Jews, saying they believe in the God of all grace but simply denying their OSN and its personal strengths and weaknesses.

If you are human, normal or abnormal, you have addiction problems in some measure or in some realm.

The category of addiction related to your modus operandi is directly related to both your personal areas of weakness and your personal areas of strength in your old sin nature.

All of us possess an old sin nature in the cell structure of our bodies. Therefore, all of us as humans have areas of strength and weakness.

When it comes to addiction, all members of the human race are swimming in the same gene pool. You just live in denial concerning these principles because of your tendency toward insecurity, guilt, and self-righteous arrogance.

Our areas of strength are very deceiving, and we often build a false self-esteem on our areas of strength.

This means that one person’s weakness is another person’s strength which is the basis for our arrogance, self-justification, and rationalization about inferiority and superiority.

2CO 10:12, For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

They inevitably destroy themselves through their area of weakness and their area of strength.

a. Power addiction is the worst of all, for almost all other addictions are related to this one, especially if you have any inferiority problems.

You can be the lowest man on the totem pole, rejected by all, and have a strong power addiction.

b. Being addicted to approbation is merely one of the extensions of power addiction, and it is separate because some people do want approbation without power.

c. Stimulation addiction has many parts, in which we cater to the nerve centers and functions of our body in the name of pleasure.

(1) Sexual addiction, or lasciviousness.
(2)  Drunkenness.
(3) Drug addiction.
(4) Mental stimulation or intellectual arrogance.

d. Killer addiction is the problem solving device of the weak. Inferior people trying to prove they are superior often resort to violence44, torture, murder. Once this addiction comes, it does not discriminate between family, friends, or enemies.

e. Anger addiction or cruelty. Anger does not always but definitely can bring out a cruel streak.  Some people are genetically mean and naturally cruel.  Some people hide it well and some do not. Some people cannot stand glitches, and when anyone opposes them, whether it is a loved one or an enemy or someone at work, cruelty addiction surfaces. Some people by nature are kind; some people by nature are cruel.  It starts as a genetic factor.

f. Money addiction is called by the Scripture the “root of all kinds of evil.”  It expresses itself in all the categories of evil.

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