Bacchus, the fat prince of addiction
“So it is with habits and addictions: If you keep at it, soon their power lessens. Everyone knows that–that’s how you break habits. And it is so because of the lazy, cowardly nature of their master. Bacchus is a coward, so defeat him several good times in a row, and he’ll start thinking twice about coming around.
Those in the world have a much greater struggle once they are in his grasp‚ for they don’t know how to rebuke him by name, and they don’t have the power of the keys and all the spiritual weaponry at their command. But they too can be set free by calling on Jesus and repeatedly resisting his attacks and his grip.”
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“You need to learn to draw more of your inspiration from the things of the Spirit! There are incredible treasures in God’s Word that will increase your vision and invigorate your life! Getting fed spiritually is not always fun and games‚ and can actually be hard work sometimes. We have been made in such a way that we have to put effort into leaning on the pleasures of the Spirit, and this is part of our training.”
You can’t leave yourself empty, swept and garnished, because nature abhors a vacuum and something is bound to fill that empty place. If it isn’t Me, it’s gonna be the Devil.
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“The best way to make the things of the Spirit more predominant in your life is just to do it. At first you may not feel the same level of adrenaline rush that you get from games, and you may not feel the same level of fun and laughter that you get from relaxing with friends, and you may not feel the same level of escape and mental stimulation that you feel from reading and studying worldly knowledge. But as you step out by faith and put the things of the Spirit more in the forefront, they will grow on you and you will begin to feel the happiness and peace that comes from a strong spiritual life.”
“Bacchus tries to influence in a number of ways, to get you addicted to forms of entertainment and enjoyment. His main purpose in this is to cause you to depend on these joys and highs when you’re feeling low, rather than depending on Jesus and finding your strength and victory in Him.”
“He gets into our life very subtly. When we’re feeling down or discouraged or just having a really rough day, he’ll try to convince you that you need something physical, some form of entertainment, some form of fun and games. He makes you focus on the physical and the addictions of the flesh rather than on the Spirit–Jesus.
It’s not that entertainment is wrong; it has its place and it’s very needed in the great scheme of things. But when you think of that as your primary happiness, it’s wrong. If you think of that as what you need to do when you’re a little discouraged or depressed, that’s wrong. If it’s the first thing that comes to mind when you want to pull out of the pit of discouragement or get the victory over something that’s bothering you, that’s wrong. That’s an addiction to the things of the flesh, and you’re leaning more on that than you are on Jesus and on His help from Heaven. “