Introduction: Seven Keys to Freedom
Just as Nehemiah took very specific steps to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, you can take the same steps in your life that will lead to FREEDOM from sin.
Key One: Denial to Grace
Key Two: Repentant Heart
Key Three: Assessment
Key Four: Confession
Key Five: Restitution and Restoration
Key Six: Dreams, Vision, Goals and Purpose
Key Seven: Discipleship
Life Controlling Addictions
Alcohol, drugs (including prescription), anger, pride, lust, greed and envy are all life-controlling addictions that can have links to generational curses.
Codependency: an adrenalin addiction caused by living in chaos; people pleasing; wanting to control people and environment to “help” them.
Sexual addictions, pornography and eating disorders can have roots in emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
Overworking, gambling overspending, smoking, and compulsive exercise appear to be the result of bad habits.
SIN is like a tornado in our lives, which has the potential to destroy us. When we are trapped in the bondage of sin, we become plagued with fear and guilt oftentimes resulting in depression, spiritual darkness, and isolation from others.
Just like a tornado that has finished running its course has ruined everything in its path – destroyed homes, taken lives and created years of difficult work for people to rebuild their lives, so too does a person who allows sin to rule their life. It leads them into a destructive path.
If your life has been destroyed by the devastating effects of sin and has left you feeling as if a tornado of sin has you trapped in the center of its powerful vortex, you may think it is impossible for you to escape.
Acknowledging all substance abuse / drug addiction as sin is an addict’s only real hope for recovery. Once we acknowledge and confess our addictions as sin, we can then repent and receive forgiveness, cleansing and overcoming power for all of life’s situations.
Pastor Rich Villafana