Gaming disorders

Gaming disorders

Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? – Romans 6:16

John 8:34 Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

Romans 6:17-23

 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.

 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

 19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom.

 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God.

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

In May 2019, the World Health Organization added a new disorder to its list of addictive behaviors and substance abuse. The 2019 version of the International Classification of Diseases now has “gaming disorder.” Gaming disorder is defined as excessive and irrepressible preoccupation with video games, resulting in significant personal, social, academic, or occupational impairment for at least 12 months.

It is no secret that videogames are designed to be addictive. Videogame developers encoded their games using psychological techniques. They create an insatiable, almost unquenchable craving for more.

There are no real-world consequences for failure. Effort itself is rewarded. Videogames provide a sense of self-worth, purpose, and accomplishment. Players often are unable to obtain the same in real world relationships, activities, or work. In many cases videogames become a surrogate occupation.

In the real world, fallen people are easily enticed. Potential addictions are lurking everywhere. An addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.

Unrighteous, impious, addicting activities have a simple label in the Scripture, sin. Sin is an unseen master that enslaves us.

Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey?

John 8:34 Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

REFLECT & PRAY

If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, both will fall into a ditch. – Matthew 15:14

Father thank You, that You made it possible to be free from sin and addictive behaviors. Encourage me to make the best possible choices and live in freedom.

INSIGHT

Being enslaved to a master, is somewhat of a paradox. Often, we think we are most free, when we most enslaved. Because we are born in sin, we are born enslaved to sin. Being a slave is what we know, it may be all that we ever know. We may have some choice regarding to the brand and model of our sin, but it is still sin.

Thanks be to the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who have provided the path to freedom.

John 8:36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:31-32

 31 If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.

 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

Freedom from the addictions of sin comes through choice. Because of the Lord Jesus Christ we can now choose freedom. We can exchange masters. For those with gaming disorders, their master is the videogame. Gamers are its slaves.

Freedom is possible through understanding the truth of the word of God and making a choice to be free. When we choose to let the Lord Jesus Christ be our master, our former master loses its power over us. We no longer have to obey its commands.

The apostle Paul is a perfect example of this. He was enslaved to self-righteous arrogance. He would go on rampages seeking the Father’s children to imprison or worse. He brought havoc and devastation wherever he went. And he loved it. An intervention was needed to turn things around.

Paul’s raging, ravaging behavior came to a sudden halt. His addiction ended in a moment. All it took was one brief, but rather tumultuous and devastating encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. What irony, what Paul had sown, he reaped. The devastator was devastated.

Acts 9:3-5 

 3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.

 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!”

Paul instantly knew that he was in the presence of one of the Father’s messengers. Paul calls Him lord. But this was no ordinary messenger. This was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!

He was flabbergasted and astonished. He was literally blinded. Paul was toast. He turned 180°. Instructions soon followed.

Paul was the Lord Jesus Christ’s chosen instrument to take His message to the Gentiles and to kings, and to the people of Israel. From that moment on, He served the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul immediately began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”

Paul found real freedom, and ultimate satisfaction through his new Master. Paul had a favorite personal designation. Paul repeatedly self-identified himself as a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mick Jagger never did, at least, so he sang.

I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction

‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no, I can’t get no

When I’m drivin’ in my car, and the man come on the radio

He’s tellin’ me more and more about some useless information

Supposed to fire my imagination

I can’t get no, oh, no, no, no, hey, hey, hey

That’s what I say

I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction

‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no, I can’t get no

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