Like most people, you probably answered “no”. I used to work with individuals at a psychiatric hospital who had been diagnosed as insane. I can recall one young homicidal man that was so deranged that we needed at least five staff members to bring him his meals for fear that he might kill one of us. This is probably what most people think of when they hear the word insane.
But my friends, if you keep doing the same thing and you get the same results; your behavior meets the definition of insanity. One definition is behavior that is “utterly foolish or unreasonable.” If there is some addictive behavior that has a stronghold on your life and you tried and tried to release it and you can’t- that’s insanity. It’s a stronghold, a yoke that has you tied up. Depression, poverty, unemployment, underemployment, compulsive spending, risky sexual behavior, smoking, drug addiction, negative thinking, etc. – these are all strongholds.
The good news is that these strongholds can be overcome, but they must be confronted with “sane” responses if you don’t want to self-destruct. For individuals struggling with various addictions click on http://www.12step.org/Versions-of-the-12-Steps.html. This site has links to versions of Alcohol Anonymous’ world acclaimed 12-Step program for all types of addictive behavior.
When I’m struggling with a stronghold I resort to these steps and modify them according to the challenge I’m facing. The first three steps are as follows:
1) I admitted that I was powerless over (__________) and that my life had become unmanageable.
2) Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.
3) Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understood Him.
I also use music like King Saul, to soothe the beast in me. Yes, my friends if we want to be the Head and not the Tail, we must confront our weaknesses and take wise, reasonable actions. Click on the link to #Whitney Houston’s video and look to a source greater to yourself. Let God make you the Winner at life that you were designed to be.
For when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (AMP)