1. Apart from a relationship with Christ, they have no resources for right living.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
Christ is the reservoir. Without a relationship with Jesus Christ one does not have the resources to live right. Just as the branch must be connected to the source of nutrients (the vine) to do its job, (produce fruit). An addict cannot live right apart from a relationship with Christ. An addict cannot depend on himself/herself to do the right thing. No program or rehabilitation center will ever be able make them free from their addiction. Satan is the source of all evil, and being the source of all evil oneself cannot defeat the god of this world. The pull is to strong, and the weight that it carries will buckle the addict to their knees.
2. Apart from maturing in Christ, they have no power for right living.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:16-26
In order for an addict to live right they must live a Spirit filled life. The flesh cannot reign in a Spirit filled Christian. Whether it’s the Spirit or the flesh, the one you feed is the one that will reign in your heart. Steve Curington tells a story in his 10 Principles videos about an Indian with two dogs a black one and a white one. He would take them to dog fights and fight them against each other. The Indian always knew which dog would win and always walked away with the money. Then someone asked him how he always knew which dog would win. His answer was simple he said “me want white dog to win me feed white dog and me starve black dog and white dog always wins.’ “Me want black dog to win me feed black dog and me starve white dog and black dog wins. In order for one to live a spirit filled life one needs to apply the Scriptures to their daily life.
3. Apart from the Scriptures they have no schooling for right living.
“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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Word of God is what inspires, instructs, and enables man to live right. The Word of God is a mirror, it shows us our flaws, it refines us as a refiner’s fire refines gold. Without the Scriptures it is impossible to live right. But if one can get into the Word of God and apply it to their lives then they have the schooling for living right.