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Breaking the Habit – Battling Addictions

An addiction is something that keeps a person enslaved. We can be addicted to more than one thing at a time, but the good news is, it is possible to overcome our addictions. Whether an addiction is to a physical object or activity or mental (toxic thinking), it manifests from the mind and therefore should be handled by changing our thinking.

Acknowledge your temptations, addictions and sins to yourself and to God. You cannot change something if you don’t admit you have a problem. Also, examine if there is a deeper reason why you are giving in to certain temptations and address the root cause.

Handling temptation:

Solomon writes a warning against adultery in the book of Proverbs, which can be applied to other temptations too. Temptation makes you believe a lie, to lure you in and attack you later.

For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
Proverbs 5:3‭-‬4 NIV

Solomon says to flee from temptation and completely avoid the path of evil. Do not even let yourself be tempted. Temptation starts small, but hides the consequences.

Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house,
Proverbs 5:8 NIV

Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
Proverbs 6:27‭-‬28 NIV

However, if you still find yourself in such a situation, choose to do the right thing. Even if you sin, God will not abandon you. He is gracious and will help you through it like a loving father.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38‭-‬39 NIV

Reach out to God. Do not let shame prevent you from asking for God’s help.

The devil enslaves but God gives us a choice.

Self control:

You may have tried with your own strength to fight against an addiction and failed. The Holy Spirit enables us to have self-control as one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control.

Pray a simple, honest prayer: Father, help me overcome ____. I don’t want to be controlled by ____ anymore. Show me how I can change. Help me to do so.

Persevere:

Do not be discouraged if you are not able to overcome it instantly. The process may not be easy, especially if you’ve been addicted for a number of years. Keep praying till you are relieved from it.

When you take something out of your life, replace it with something better. Do not leave it empty or you may be tempted to fall back into the same temptation.

“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”
Luke 11:24‭-‬26 NIV

Use this opportunity to draw close to God. Even if you have overcome your addiction, you may be tempted by other things. God calls us to stand firm.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Ephesians 6:13‭-‬16 NIV

Lastly, change because you want to change not because you have to. Christ died to purchase our freedom and we are meant to live in this freedom.

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4 thoughts on “Breaking the Habit – Battling Addictions Leave a comment

  1. Someone said, “The pain of temptation pales in comparison to the pain of sin.”

    I think it’s so tough to overcome addiction because it’s always connected to deep emotional issues or trauma that we also have to overcome in the process

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