DEALING WITH ADDICTION

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:13

Most of us face challenges we cannot share with anyone. I (Selahonline) particularly dealt with an addiction for 9 years. In those years I tried everything possible to stop but I always fall back to it. After I rededicated my life to Christ and told Him what the challenges keeping me from Him where, in 2 months, the addiction that took 9 years departed from me completely.

Read this excerpt below… I came across it during a study:

Admitting to God and to yourself, that you are dealing with a problem. Asking Him for forgiveness and help, accepting responsibility, sharing your struggle with a friend and preparing to move on helps begin the process of walking out the changes necessary to keep going in the direction towards redemption.

These changes may involve steps like stopping the use of alcohol or drugs or pornography, ending an unhealthy relationship, reordering priorities, becoming accountable to a support group, and going to church regularly. The negative behavior caused by your problem may have destroyed your self-esteem. You might still be dealing with anger, fear and shame.

As you begin to walk out the changes in your life and to see yourself as God’s special creation, it is vital that you walk in agreement with God. Agreement that He has forgiven you. Agreement that He will give you the strength you need. Agreement that He created you for a positive purpose and will help you accomplish that purpose. Agreement that you will submit to Him and put Him first in all you do. Agreement that He loves you and will be with you through every trial, through every circumstance, through every difficult step-and that with His help, you can do it.

“Christ gives me the strength to face anything.”

Adapted from Living Free Every Day: www.livingfree.org

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