The Well of Addiction by Sheila Wise Rowe

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The Well of Addiction (Part 4)
Series: Journey to the Well of Life
Sheila Wise Rose
Exodus 32:4


My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves. (Jeremiah 2:13, The Message Bible) 

The water from The Well of Addiction has the same taste as the fruit Adam and Eve tasted when they decided to believe the serpent’s lie that if they ate of the tree, they would become like God, knowing good and evil. It was the taste of mistrust that came from the belief that somehow God was holding out on them and was not concerned for their good. If He was not out for their good, then He could not be trusted to do what was right by them. So they decided to take care of themselves and paid the price which we have inherited to this day. 

Self-sufficiency and Addiction starts from a basic reality that we have either never learned, or simply forgot: that we, in our own strength, simply do not have what it takes to live a life of abundance, freedom, and love. Most of us have learned the opposite quite early: if we needed anything, there is nobody to rely on; we must do it or get it ourselves. We must be self-sufficient. Similar to the temptations we face in life, our self-sufficiency may also distract or derail our healing. All self-sufficiency must be examined and renounced before we go any further on the journey to the Well of Life. Self-sufficiency and addiction often comes out of a specific event or series of events where we were lied to, disappointed, betrayed or let down by a promise not kept. Out of this trauma to our souls, we believe the lie that nobody can be trusted. It can also come about, especially for men, when we are made to feel ashamed for asking for help, learning that it communicates weakness. 

Jeremiah says it plainly. To drink the water of addiction is to walk away from the fresh flowing waters, and to dig cisterns instead. The labor to dig such a cistern, a hole in the rock to capture precious dew and runoff in a land that was extremely dry, was no small task. And if that wasn’t hard enough, the cisterns we dig in the face of ready provision are always inferior, always leaking away, leaving muddy, polluted silt at the bottom, which will never be enough to meet what our souls thirst for—the love, healing, and provision of our heavenly Father. And so in our thirst for healing and restoration we end up looking for the wrong things to help us—and become even more wounded and desperate. When the wounds of our souls become increasingly hard to manage or address, we often take to other measures to deal with the pain. One of the most common is through behaviors known as addictions. On the face of it, addiction appears to be a craving for things or actions that one cannot control. But as we shall see, th ...


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