13 Sinful Status Ailments We Often Ignore

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Many of you already know that Christianity is Like an RPG in several ways. Any fan of Final Fantasy, or almost any popular RPG for that matter, is probably all too familiar with status ailments. You know them as the nasty effects that slow you down, sap your health, and limit your lifespan in the middle of a fight. Status ailments typically don’t destroy you right off the bat like some other powerful attacks might. Instead they gradually tick away at your strength and make you less effective in battle. Status ailments may not be terribly alarming initially, but if these effects are ignored they can get you in some serious trouble.

As a Christian you have major foes that take “big chunks of HP” off of you in battle. These massive setbacks may come in the form of sexual addiction, alcoholism, drug abuse, or violence. They are big, obvious, and dangerous.

On the flip side Christians also need to beware of “status ailments” that sit in the background, and are all too often ignored. They drain our power, and can be just as dangerous as the “big attacks” if we don’t address them. Keep reading to find out 13 Real Life Sinful Status Ailments We Often Ignore.

“Petrify” -Love of Money

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NLT)

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.

So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

In an RPG “Petrify” slowly seeps onto you until you are completely transformed into a useless satue. In real life the love of money can seep into your heart until all of your values, goals, and pathways are completely controlled by it.

I’m willing to say that this is probably one of the worst things on this list to fall into, and I’m also willing to say that it is probably the thing that many of us are most guilty of. Constantly I hear people lament about how God hasn’t provided them with the kind of life that they want. This goes side by side with another one of our other status ailments from later on the list: “Sap” Self-Entitlement. Well, as it turns out, “Sap” and “Petrify” are a deadly combo. Feeling entitled to a certain amount of value, and the backwards viewpoint that money equals value, leads to a whole lot of heartache and confusion.

If you have food in your belly and clothes on your body, you aren’t doing too bad. There will always be someone who makes more money than you. There are also people who make less, and need help affording food. Understanding that true wealth is not within a deep pocketbook is crucial. Don’t be the Capitol!

Our whole society seems to be built on the love of money. If you meet someone with a high paying job, you likely respect them. If you meet someone who works in fast food, you may feel that they wasted their life. First off, people who work in fast food are probably really hard workers. Second off, the amount of money that someone makes should NEVER decide their value as a human being.

“Slow” -Sluggard/Gluttony

Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Spending 6 hours a day playing video games, watching TV, or enjoying movies is not alright. Especially if you are failing to spend time talking to GOD, thanking GOD, learning His word, sharing His word, helping others, and learning from other believers. GOD should be our top priority. If you drown out the troubles in your life with escapism from video games, and limit your interaction with GOD, you are robbing yourself of tons of long term joy and purpose.

Proverbs 13:4 (NKJV)

The soul of a lazy [man] desires, and [has] nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Notice the use of the word “soul” above. In my opinion I believe that physical activity and exercise are important for Christians, and good for the soul.  To avoid a bunny trail, follow the link if you want to read more on that topic.

Proverbs 23:21 (KJV)

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.

Along side laziness comes gluttony. I love donuts. I’m not going to lie about that, but there needs to be self-control. If all I put into my body is junk, that is sinful. If I consistently stuff myself with unhealthy food and drink for no reason other than the physical joy of it, I’m giving into sin. Practicing self control is of immense value.

Extra Credit – Read 1 Corinthians 3 and pay attention to verse 16. What do you think this means? Feel free to comment below!

“Silence” -Not Crediting God, or Sharing Your Faith

Matthew 28: 16-20 (KJV)

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Christians have a responsibility to live like Christ followers. Your faith should not be an insurance policy tucked away in a shoe box in the closet. Are you a walking testimony to GOD’s love? Strive to be an example of God’s grace that can be seen from twenty miles away.

Do you gloat in your success? GOD deserves credit for the ways that He blesses you. When you talk of the things God has blessed you with, don’t forget to tell of the amazing ways GOD has helped you. If a prayer is answered, then thank GOD and give Him credit when people bring up the topic at hand. An incredible testimony comes from the examples of the work GOD does in you. Why waste that?

“Sap” -Self-Entitlement and Arrogance

Romans 12:3 (KJV)

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

This is something we all need to be careful about. Don’t think of yourself as more important than others. When we place ourselves on a pedestal, we begin to “sap” the purpose from our lives.  We all need to have servants hearts.

What does self-entitlement sound like?

  • I want at least one nice car in my life, and I will get one.
  • I deserve to treat myself to a little shopping spree.
  • If people don’t like my attitude, they don’t have to be around me.
  • If my boss/parent doesn’t respect me, I won’t respect them. It’s only fair.

This is bad for several reasons. First of all, arrogance is a HUGE danger-zone. We need to view ourselves as what we are. Parts of a body -one not being more important than another. Servants of our Father -not only takers. Grace is not earned, but given to those who will receive it from Christ.  At the same time, we need to extend the love Christ teaches us to others.

What does God owe you? What do you deserve? You deserve to pay the price for your sins, but Jesus Christ’s free redemption can save you. Read more about that in Roman’s 10:9.

“Paralysis” -Not Moving

Continuing where we left off in Romans 12

Romans 12:4-5 (KJV)

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Has God called you to do something? God knows everything about you, so He certainly knows the best way to take care of you. Trusting God when you have to take a leap of faith can be difficult, but if you know God is calling you to do something -do it. There is only one you, so you need to fulfill your purpose. What part of the body of Christ are you? Be sure to be who God made you to be.

“Poison” – Addiction/Substance Abuse

It’s easy for many Christians to sound the alarm when we see things like alcohol addiction or drug use, and that isn’t a bad thing. What is ironic, however, are the addictions that get entirely breezed over.

If you are drinking coffee or soda so that the caffeine will wake you up or give you a boost, isn’t that drug use? Before you chase me with pitchforks and torches, put aside your decided precepts on the topic and hear me out.

  • If you are using a stimulant in order to gain speed, productivity, or awareness… how is that not drug use?
  • If you just can’t make it through a day without your morning joe… how is that not drug addiction?
  • If you get headaches from lack of caffeine… how is that not withdraw?

The truth is… I immensely enjoy dark roast coffee, but I have cut it back, and may even stop drinking it entirely. Why? Because I can’t justify it. It’s not good for me, and eventually I realized that I was far too dependent on it.

I’m picking on caffeine here, because it is obvious and relevant. Any food, TV, or game addiction applies in the same fashion. Do you eat to cover depression? Do you play games to forget about the troubles and responsibilities of life? Short term depression-dulling fixes nothing. In fact, it does the opposite. Fully accepting Christ, praying to our Lord, making Godly lifestyle changes, and positively reversing your ideas about the things that matter in life can will turn your life around for the better. Everything won’t always be easy, but you’ll have more purpose and integrity.

“Mini” -Casual Adultery

Matthew 5:27-28 (KJV)

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

I face it all the time at work. That awkward moment when somebody goes “Psst check out this girl over here!”  Sometimes I would smile and nod to avoid seeming weird… while feeling disgusting inside. Surely my significant other wouldn’t appreciate me checking out another woman. Maybe that woman has a boyfriend of her own. How many people have I disrespected by sneaking a couple of extra glances? In doing so I have “shrunk” the value of others, and “miniaturized” the standard I have for myself .

You need to train yourself not to look lustfully at others. If you are single, don’t flirt with other people who are in relationships. Having a “work girlfriend/boyfriend” that you flirt with and talk to until you clock out, is not okay. If you are physically OR emotionally unfaithful OR even causing someone else to be unfaithful in any way… stop. If you are meant to be with someone, you both need to be available.

“Blind” -Not Understanding the Bible

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NKJV)

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned [them],

and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Don’t be “blind” when it comes to knowing the Bible. Understanding God’s word is incredibly helpful, and a great weapon against the enemy. Most people that don’t believe in God, feel that science opposes God, or feel that God’s word is untrue -simply don’t understand God’s word, or haven’t spent enough time studying it.

Have you set your phasers to stun? Understanding the Bible gives you countless advantages in life. One of the most surprising is that people will oftentimes actually listen to you if you know what you’re talking about.

“I believe it because the Bible says so…” isn’t likely to sway a lot of unbelievers to understanding.

“I believe in the Bible because of a mix of faith and logic. God has changed me on a personal level, but I’ve also searched the Bible out of my own interest and found that scientifically it makes complete sense” along side biblical truths and examples may catch someones interest, and stun them at the same time.

If you want an incredible tool that will show you some amazing things about the authenticity of the Bible, Hidden Treasures: In the Biblical Text is a thought provoking piece of literature that will likely change your life. Seriously. Buy it.

“Zombie” -Buying into Media Buzz

Early 1950's Television Set

Christians are often accused of believing everything that they believe because it is common to the culture that they live in, or because they live in a family that practices those beliefs. I’m all for knowing why you believe the things that you do, and I believe every Christian should have good reasons (there’s millions) for their beliefs.

The ironic thing is that the true “zombies” are those who listen to the media. The media is powerful in this day and age, and it is consistent in telling you what to believe. Don’t buy into their colorful deceit. Celebrities, movies, TV, games, and music are often absolutely stuffed to the brim with hidden agenda that often completely defies GOD’s holy word.

What happens when something exciting is filled with deception? It gets popular, and spreads like wildfire. Measure your beliefs. What does our infinitely wise GOD say about it? I promise you, HE knows best.

“Berserk” -Angry Personality

James 1:19 (NLT)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

Being hot-tempered isn’t cool, strong, or attractive. It takes a stronger hero to remain gentle. If you find yourself getting irritable about the tiniest things, you need to take a look at a few things.

Here’s some things that may shorten your fuse:

  • Neglecting to spend time with God.
  • Spending too much time in front of games, movies, or the internet.
  • Not eating healthy.
  • Lack of sleep.
  • Stress.
  • Soreness.
  • Depressing music.
  • Raunchy movies.

Strive to be gentle and forgiving. Much like getting physically stronger, the harder you train at self-discipline, the greater the outcome will be.

“Charm” -Allowing the World to Overpower Decision Making

Galatians 6:8 (NKJV)

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Imagine a show is full of violence, sex, demons, and blasphemy (sometimes all at once). Now imagine that the show is the most exciting thing on television. What do you do?

“But it’s so cool/fun/exciting, and it’s just a TV show. I don’t practice what I see in it!” is not a good excuse. Your spiritual well being needs to be decidedly more important than your mental entertainment.

Prolonged exposure to these types of thing has an effect on you. You may not realize immediately how poisonous it is, but the “charm” of the enemy can pull you onto the wrong side of battle.

“Confuse”-Attacking Your Own Party

Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when people talk behind my back. It is extremely painful to find out that others have been saying rude things, gossiping, or making hurtful jokes at your expense. In the same way, I shouldn’t talk about others behind their backs either.

Extra Credit: Read Galatians 6

When a conversation begins to tilt at someone else’s expense, don’t take part in it. People love to gossip, but that doesn’t make it fine to do. It is a very serious sin, and the pain it can inflict could cause serious damage. It saddens me every time I hear a non-believer complain about how a Christian has hurt them. Gossiping goes against what Jesus teaches us, and it is horribly damaging and confusing when non-believers hear us back-talking.

And the big one…

“Doom” -Not Accepting Christ’s Sacrifice and Redemption.

 Grandfather Clock Face

Romans 10:9 (NLT)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Doom (also known as “Death Sentence”, and “Condemned”) is a timed counter that ticks down slowly. If the timer runs out, and you aren’t healed, it’s game over.

Take the extra life.

Jesus died and rose again so that you could be saved. Time keeps ticking, make sure that doom isn’t lingering.

If you have any questions or comments about any of this, feel free to ask in the comments section below, or send me a message in the contact section.

With love 🙂

Caleb

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