THE BEST KEPT SECRET ABOUT ADDICTION with Pst. Chris Delvan

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Arise and Shine, Da Grace Race, Dairy of a Freeman, Family, Help Line, Opinion, The Grind Theorem, Touchstone
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Pst Chris Delvan Gwamna

THE BEST KEPT SECRET ABOUT ADDICTION

When you mention names like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Shaquile O’Neal, look closely there could have been a Christopher among the 50 Greatest Players in the history of NBA. Sadly Christopher didn’t get to the list; truth is he didn’t even get to play in the NBA. Fast forward twenty years after, Christopher now Pastor Chris Delvan shares in his compelling sermon on the 5th of June at TWB, on how cigarette smoking took away his basket ball dream, and how drugs took away his music dream. An addiction can be fun in the immediate, but could be cost you something vital in the long run?

Chris had a noble dream as a teenager to play for the NBA, which was his ticket to live the life of his dreams, but he smoked twice as much cigarettes, as he worked hard to improve his basketball skills. One day a sudden opportunity came when the NBA team came by his neighbourhood in Kaduna to select players. Everyone knew Christopher was an exceptional player and would definitely make the list. But one thing Christopher and his teammates didn’t know was that his lungs had degenerated terribly. He attempted to run, but couldn’t.  He was often exasperated, wheezing uncontrollably and coughing hysterically. “Maybe he was just tired” his coach thought. But Christopher knew this was pay day; his tiredness was a symptom of damaged lungs, it was the culmination of years of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. He finally quit cigarettes, but sadly only after he had quit his dreams. 

In his narrative, Pastor Chris Delvan said, life can hardly exist in a vacuum, we are constantly under certain influences and our urge for props, stuff, adventure, substances, alcohol, among others is ever present. Our generation is one at risk to be an addict generation; there is no shortage of options to get hooked on; some people are at the point where they are unconsciously developing one addiction, some are currently grappling with one, while some are struggling to get out of one.

It can be difficult battling addiction, as often we relapse and our resolve to fight dissolves, leading us to relinquish and settle into a life of slavery that addiction offers.  Our entertainment lacks no creativity to churn out episodes of interesting soap operas and sitcom that engages us to the point of redundancy; sooner or later we are hooked. Some are hooked to sugar, other substances, some adventure, some success, some binge, sex and pornography. But none of these satisfies; they only provide momentary pleasure and relief, not long after we indulge our thirst for more returns. Truth is, not all addictions are sinful, but most are costly. Unfortunately most of the addictions in life take something away from us. They cost us our dreams, health, relationships, careers and even life.

Every human thirst for stuff is an expression of an innate desire to connect with our Father. Christ offers a different kind of addiction; He is the only addiction that adds to you. In Christ we find the addiction to end all addiction, one that truly satisfies, saves and replenishes. in John 4; 14 “But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.” The longing to quench our dry soul can be powerful. In Rev 22:17 says “If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water come and take it. It’s free.” Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain-his Spirit-where we all come to drink- 1 Cor 12:13.

Wouldn’t you check out his offer?

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Comments
  1. Godiya Sini says:

    love u pastor, keep up d good works d lord is your strenght sir, d grace of good ll continue to rest upon u sir. Frm Godiya Sini in mando.

  2. pst david oritogun says:

    while pst we myself and team of cutting edge world oritogun altar for nations int,l wuld like to connect wit u

  3. WHILE OUR world nid help sir we see heaven using u mighty would follow like sheep

  4. realphidims says:

    Reblogged this on Social Media and the Christian Youth and commented:
    Only one source frees us from Social Media Addiction: find out!

  5. realphidims says:

    I have read this piece a number of times; today I still came back to read and reblog! It’s a blessing! I keep learn over again! The life of Pst. Chris Delvan I a great addition to this generation! I am sure I can share this story and give hope to those around me suffering addiction!
    Thanks blogger!

  6. Feranmi says:

    Beautiful, I needed this.

  7. okeoma says:

    pst chris you are indeed a gift to this generation

  8. alpha alcos festus says:

    Heard alot of messages of yours sir i pray for grace on to liberate those that are captured in the dark.
    Romans 8:19

  9. francis ogwuche says:

    I hv bin folowin pastor Chris on line , downloadin his sontalk from 1 -13 nd I wanna kn which one of the churches he is pastorin so I cud worship there wen I get to KD

  10. plangshak luka komak(Symbol of Greatness) says:

    sir your massages are so powerful that one can’t let go

  11. Victor E says:

    Pastor, This is timeless truth with a wholistic approach.I like how the scripture used relates to the whole idea.I hv drown lesson for my life n i will with the lords help share it with friends.Thank you

  12. Tutu Dan says:

    More of God’s grace sir, luv u sir

  13. Linus Sunday says:

    This is no STORY to psych, excite and waw! us, but a pointer to the ONE one whos able to deliver from the strongest of all strongholds. YES! we can rise up and say if God has done it for PST. CHRIS, then i am next in line to teste of HIS salvation. There is still balm in gilead.

  14. odb says:

    pls how can i download pastor chris delvan’s messages.

  15. Edwin jenkins says:

    I love u sir more grace to u, i really want to be in your meeting

  16. Kyari Kuri says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus, we bless your name for the life of this great minister of the SPIRIT.

  17. ehis says:

    Sir. God bless and keep you for me. I have dreamt of becoming like you. Someday

  18. Chidiadi Nwachukwu says:

    A precious Jewel of God. He will continue to keep and you for HIS Glory in the name of Jesus.

  19. Dio Sammy says:

    Your words are full of power ….indeed you are from the lord

  20. Adebayo Israel says:

    Sir, you are a blessing to our generation ! Sir, I value you. Thanks for yielding to the call of God ,sir.

  21. emmrys says:

    Hmmmmm…powerful

  22. Ebhodaghe ben says:

    I like this one thank you chris delva I already learned from this

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