For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36
These three verses are included in the second half of the first chapter of the book- obsession with God never puts us to shame, never disappoints, and never leads to destruction. The one thing that we were made to be obsessed with- God- is the answer to our sickness called sin. Being obsessed with God will protect us from harm and suffering- how cool is that? Our God promises to provide, and promises to protect!
This section talks about how nowadays, obsession is often used in a negative way- it’s not so common to hear people called God-obsessed. Obsessions are usually used to describe destructive pleasures and nasty habits or infatuations. People become slaves to their obsessions.
You were designed to be obsessed with God, so when you are obsessed with anything or anyone other than God, that something or someone competes for the role of God in your life. Simply, when anything else becomes an obsession in our lives, it takes the place of God. Like I mentioned in the last post, we cannot serve two Gods at once- if we aren’t obsessed with God, we really aren’t serving him. Bold, yes. But it’s the truth.
I serve like a priest in preaching the Good News from God, in order that the Gentiles may be an offering acceptable to God, dedicated to him by the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:16
Witnessing is an act of worship. What does witnessing mean, exactly? It’s when we talk highly about a given thing, trying to get others to see the beauty, benefit and value of it. I know a lot of people who spend all their time talking about one topic- and truthfully, not many of those peoples’ topic of choice is their Heavenly Father. This really reveals to everyone around them that there is another god in their life.
Obsession can be dangerous because it takes control over a person. Obsessions consume thoughts, feelings, actions, and time- to the point of a person not being their own, but instead belonging to their obsession. This is how addictions form and then are so hard to be broken. The book prompts the reader to look at their own life- to see if there are areas that are controlling them. At this point in my life, I really can honestly say that there is nothing that demands all my attention and thoughts- I don’t have any obsessions. But this wasn’t always the case- just over 3 years ago, an obsession started in my life, and continued until about a year ago. Cutting consumed my thoughts and time for almost 2 entire years- I was a slave to cutting myself. Thankfully, God’s grace allowed me to overcome that obsession and addiction so that I was healed, praise to Him!
The author puts obsessions into 4 groups- fun obsessions, destructive obsessions, frustrating obsessions, and productive obsessions
Fun obsessions- things like romance/love, shopping, talking, getting attention, hobbies, music, friends, looking good, and being popular are all examples of this kind of obsession- things that start off innocently enough but when the feelings grow, you want more, and this can eventually lead you to sin to get them. Soon, you become obsessed and cannot live without them, the beginning of danger.
Destructive obsessions- cutting, eating disorders, alcohol, drugs, sex, worry, fear, gossip, unforgiveness.. the list goes on, and I’m sure there are many you could add to the ones I have mentioned. These things draw people in, promising comfort and release. People begin these seemingly unattractive obsessions because of what they offer. Soon the obsessed are out of control, slaves to what they thought would set them free.
Frustrating obsessions- annoying habits the sufferer wishes they could get away from, things like nail biting, cleaning, OCD, and being perfect. They seem small compared to some of the destructive obsessions, but they control a person in the same way.
Productive obsessions- these are often the ones that are overlooked because they are good things. It could be studying or working, exercising, eating healthy, being responsible, or even doing church activities. Even though they are good, productive things, being obsessed with them still means you are obsessed with something other than God! These things aren’t evil things, but they become dangerous when they are obsessions because they compete for your devotion.
So how do we become obsessed with God? To obsess is to love with everything you have.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
To love God with all we have, it’s not about trying. We love Him because he loved us- when we truly recognize all he has done for us out of love, when we grasp it and accept his love, we become obsessed! We can’t fabricate this love, it’s just a natural outpouring as a reaction to his love for us.
Keep following my blog as I break free from what consumes me and go deeper into the lives of the obsessed!
Be blessed 🙂