If you struggle with addiction, you have probably prayed several times for God to help you resist the urges and deliver you from your addiction. Yet you still find yourself addicted or have fallen back into addiction. You may be thinking…Why won’t God help me?.…I have failed so many times. Should I give up trying?…..Has God given up on me?
If you are Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit inside of you. God’s Spirit continually helps you to live a life that is increasingly marked by holiness and blamelessness. Even when you backslide into sin, God does not give up on you or abandon you.
In Mark 9:43, Jesus says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.” If you are a Christian, there is no need for you to fear hell or cut off your sinning hands. (If you are not a Christian, still don’t cut off your hand! Just accept Jesus as Your Savior.) However when we read this verse, we realize how serious Christ was in His attitude against sin. Keep trying to fight against the addiction over and over again and try different ways to stop it. Don’t give up!
There is no formula for how God delivers, but sometimes you just need to keep trying to stop your addiction until your heart and soul are broken. In your tears and brokenness, He may deliver you then. God may be allowing your addiction to continue until you finally acknowledge deep hidden emotions that need healing. Together, we’ll investigate ways you can draw nearer to God’s deliverance from this addictive behavior in the next blog series.
Lord, I pray for the person reading this to know You as a God with the power to deliver. We trust in Your Word that You came to proclaim freedom for prisoners in Luke 4:18. We trust that You will do this for us even though we do not deserve Your mercy, we receive it. Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and power. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Click here to watch my poem video “Adored” about the life journey of someone who struggled with addiction but now has a wonderful relationship with God.
Need some encouragement to fight your own addictions? Click here to listen to Mandisa’s song called Overcomer.
© 2015 Kim Bond
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