It was a sad week for movie fans after receiving word of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death due to an apparent heroin overdose. Comments and tributes garnered from around the world indicated that not only was he a gifted actor but also a sensitive and caring friend and father. But, it was a statement issued by fellow actor Russell Brand that particularly caught my eye. He is also a recovering heroin addict and has had to deal with the incredible destructive power of this drug. In commenting about Hoffman’s death he wrote, “In spite of his life seemingly superficially great, in spite of all the praise and accolades, in spite of all the loving friends and family, there is a predominant voice in the mind of an addict that supersedes all reason and that voice wants you dead.”
Immediately, I thought of a couple of Scriptures and a quote from Loren Cunningham.
John 10:10 says, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
And II Corinthians 4:4 says, The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.
An impression in your spirit can only come from one of four sources – your own mind, the mind of others, the mind of Satan, or the mind of God. The question is, which one do you listen to the most?
Indeed, there is a voice that wants you dead. When you give yourself over to an addiction the only voice you’ll hear is Satan’s.