How to stop an addiction?
The only way to overcome an addiction is through the power of God and your own will power. Whenever we pray to the Lord asking for help, God helps us and it is through the finished work of Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, he took with him all our problems, infirmities, sicknesses and addictions. When He died, Christ said, “it is finished” (John 19:30) meaning if we have being praying for healing, we are already healed. If we have being praying for a breakthrough, there has already being a breakthrough. If we have being praying to overcome an addiction, we have already overcome it. The word of God declares in Isaiah 53.5 that by his (Jesus’s) stripes (wounds from the whipping) we are healed. The “are” is in the present tense meaning when you ask for change from God, you have already received it.
Having said that, you might be saying to yourself but how come I am still addicted? How come I am still doing what I am not supposed to be doing? I can’t feel the power of God at work in me. Where, where, where is that deliverance? The word of God says in John 20:29 that blessed is the man who does not see, but believes. Again, the word of God says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we live by faith and not by sight. The word of God also says in Mathew 21:22 that anything you shall ask in His name (Jesus name) believing, you will receive.
With these scriptures, you will see that the power of God is already at work in us. Jesus death on the cross made way for the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us. It is finished Jesus said meaning the power of God is now at work in our lives. As I write this now, it is at work. As you are struggling and looking for answers, it is at work. This means that the moment you pray and ask God to help you, you tap into the available power at work.
When the word of God says we live by faith and not by sight, it means that by faith, we see ourselves set free and delivered. Furthermore, when it says we live not by sight, it means that we don’t dwell on the present situation and say we are enslaved to it. No, we rise up and say we are set free. We see ourselves breaking through and moving forward. When we do that, the power of God is made alive and real in our lives.
When the word of God says blessed is the man who does not see yet believes, it means that, though you may not feel it and see the power of God at work, you believe it and by believing it, you are blessed and when you are being blessed, it means that you are set free, healed, delivered and your prayer is answered.
This is the basic principle of the power of prayer. When you pray, you live your prayer. This means that after you have prayed, you live your life positively and in a way that makes your prayer a reality. For example, you might be praying to get a job. So after praying, you don’t just sit there expecting the job to come to you or expecting some kind of angelic visit bringing you your answer. No, you have to go and look for a job. Because you have already prayed, God has already secured a job for you. You will be surprised at how real and good God is when you finally get the job.
Likewise, when you pray and ask God to break-away from an addiction, for example, pornography, you must live in a way that makes that a reality. If you have been so accustomed to sitting in-front of a computer screen looking at porn, you have to stop that by watching good Christian teachings or videos, reading the bible or doing something that reflects and shows that you have broken away from it. Because you have already prayed, you will see that the more you do that, the more that desire and hunger for porn dies away and eventually to a point where you will hate it. That is the power of God at work.
Our addictions will only return to us when we allow them to. God has nothing to do with them but it is us who have everything to do with them. When we pray and ask for deliverance, the power of God is at work in us. The power of God is upon us and we live in the realm of that power. There is only one thing so powerful that even the power of God will not be able to stop and that is our decision or choice to sin. God created us to be powerful little human beings and it is that decision-making power that makes that possible. There is only one thing that God has no control over and that is our decision. We either choose good or bad. By choosing good, we are on the winning circle with God. By choosing bad, we are on the losing circle with satan.
To really understand the statement of God having no control over our choices is to see it this way. In a person, two things are at work. The first one is God’s power. The second one is our power (decision/choice). Our decision is the only thing that God has no control over. It is the only thing that can move us out of God’s power and into our own destruction. That is the reason why when want to commit sin, God does not show up and say “hey son or daughter, what you are doing is wrong, I’m gonna give you a smack”. When you want to sin, you can freely do it. God cannot stop you because God has given you the power of decision-making. He is not a dictator to force you to love him and serve him. Those are things we should be doing out of love and reverence for Him.
We can only go back to our addictions if we choice to. God has nothing to do with it. The moment you are delivered from your addiction, satan is crying to have you back. Actually, the addiction is satan himself. Again, it is not satan’s fault that we get hooked up with our addictions again but it is ours. It is always our fault. We are always at fault and not God and not satan. Satan only presents and we choice either to accept or reject. We are the ones responsible for going back to our addictions.
Having said that, we must never forget that we are a child of God. He created us. He formed us. He loves us and wants the best for us. Though we were lost, doomed and heading straight for hell, He sent His Son Jesus to die for us. He couldn’t afford to see the children whom He dearly loved perish. That is why He saved us so that we can have eternal and abundant life. Yes, right here on earth before we go back to heaven.
The bottom line is satan is a loser. He has already being defeated and his time is coming when he will be tormented in hell for eternity. How can we always go back to our addictions or in other words to satan who is a loser and by going back, we also become a loser.
We are a set apart, set free people by the power of Almighty God through the power of the blood of Jesus and the great Holy Spirit. We are healed, we are delivered, we are saved in Jesus name. Our addictions have being broken, our diseases have being healed, and we are made prosperous in Jesus name.
In order to break out from an addiction, you need:
- God’s power
- Your power (will and decision)
You cannot overcome it on your own. You need God and God needs you so that you can overcome it. God is real and living and His power is at work every day. Satan has being defeated therefore; you and I must live a victorious life. We cannot be a slave to him. Remember, God is always there to help so run to him when you need it.