Oct 18, 2016, 11:26 PM |

by HJS

From the beginning of recorded history men and women have become entrapped by habits that lead to addictions.

An addiction is a thirst that, if denied, has devastating consequences. When you are addicted and denied the drugs, work, food, or any other source of your addiction, you suffer. An addiction is something you cannot control; it controls you. An addiction is something that is harmful to your mind, your body, your relationships, and your spiritual life.

Here are some steps you can take to help you overcome an addiction:

First, come to grips with reality. Denial is deadly. James wrote, "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17 NKJV). Society may call it a moral lapse but God calls it sin. There is help and hope for those who confess their sin and forsake it.

Second, be willing to get help or allow others to help you. If you were capable of shutting off your habit, you wouldn't be addicted to it.Talking to your pastor, to a trusted friend,or a counselor is a positive step.

Third, trust God for the strength you lack. There is divine strength for your weakness, forgiveness for your failure, His help for your need, and His grace for you to overcome any adversity. The God of all hope still sets the captive free and delights in doing so. That's the most satisfying solution to our deepest needs.


I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  PHILIPPIANS 4:13