THE GAMBLE – I personally use to love to gamble. Even to this day when I hear and see the shuffling of the cards on the computer game of Solitaire my flesh takes note. The entire atmosphere of sounds, smells and flashing lights in a casino will heighten my senses. Did you know they actually pump oxygen into the casinos? I remember one night while playing poker the dealer came in, worked her shift, got off of work, came back the next night to work and I was still sitting there playing.
Obviously gambling can be quite expensive and addictive. I have even heard it described as the receptors in our brain becoming “numb” to the constant and relentless firing of our heightened senses; therefore we seek more to maintain the high. I suppose this is the general idea behind any addiction. Fortunately, I never thought of myself as “addicted” to gambling, maybe it was just because I didn’t have the money, but I can certainly see where it could become addictive.
A friend of mine had a blog called “Chasing the Anointing” describing how some Christians chase the “high” of an experience with the Holy Spirit. I attended a bible study last night about “hyper grace” describing how some seem to worship grace more than they worship the Lord. I guess my point is, we must be careful and not replace one “addiction” with another. 2 Timothy 3:7 speaks of “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” The only truth is in the Word of God. We do not add to it, we do not subtract from it and we do not conform it to fit our lifestyle. We rise up to it and regard it as ” given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “it” is the Word of God.
God has blessed us with many teachers, preachers, evangelists and prophets who all point us to the Lord and His Word. These people are men and women of God to whom we are thankful for being obedient to the Lord. They are the Lord’s servants sent here to feed us His Word. However, satan has servants as well. Satan knows the Word of God better than many of us, myself included. Mark 13:22 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. ”
Yes, some are replacing one addiction for another. They are seeking a “high” instead of seeking God. The enemy has them convinced they are “righteous” because man told them so. Like other addictive behaviours, they just can’t get “high” enough and they fall. They fall and in turn think God failed them and the enemy is right there saying “told you so”.
We cannot be lazy in seeking God. We cannot depend on others for our salvation. WE must get into the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit guide us to the truth. Our pastors and teachers are only with us a couple of hours a week. They pray for us to seek the truth so we can confirm the Word of God for ourselves. They know once the Word of God is instilled in our hearts, we become living witnesses of God’s grace and mercy.
If you would have told me two years ago to read the Bible, I would have thought you bumped your head. I have been blessed with mentors who constantly pointed me to different scriptures at different times. I would read those scriptures and begin to dig a little deeper. Finally I realized I hit the jackpot! The “high” I had searched for came when I searched for the Lord and He caught me. Once He catches you, He won’t let go…only we do. Go deeper with God and don’t be deceived by man, know for yourself the Truth – know the Word of God. – Donna Warren