By Stephanie Reck
Battling any addiction can be difficult, whether it is an alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, or food addiction. You may feel trapped, and that there is no hope. You may have even tried to get free from your addiction numerous times, and failed each time to stay clean. It is possible with each failed attempt, you are now feeling hopeless.
God wants you to know, not to give up! He can and does desire to completely remove your addiction. God can remove all desires, cravings, and psychological aspects of your addiction. You must get honest though. Have you truly asked God to take away completely your habits? Like most people who suffer with addiction, they do not want God to “completely” take away their crutch. You may have fear of the unknown, such as, what will happen if you fully let-go of your comfort. Is it possible you have replaced God for another comforter? Is it possible you run to the thing that brings temporary pleasure, rather than running to God? Getting real, and getting honest are your first steps to having God deliver you. What are you hiding from? What purpose does your addiction serve? Where is God, is He first?
You must get serious about how your addiction is hurting yourself and others. Have you begun to hide your addiction from others? How do you cope with pain, stress, and trials? Are you coping with life in unhealthy ways? You have to admit you have a problem first. If you do not believe you have a problem, then it will be hard to get free from it. Denial says, “Oh, I can stop anytime I want, or it’s not that bad.” Take an inventory of how your addiction is hurting you. Write it out, and ask God to reveal to you ways you have been in denial.
It is equally important that you rid your home and other places you are often of all your addictions, such as alcohol, wine glasses, etc. Anything that represents your addiction, you have to get rid of, and keep your home free of these things. Be careful of the places you go, such as bars, casinos, and the like places. Avoid people who will encourage your addiction. You will become like who you hang around with.
Share with a trusted, Godly, mature friend. Have them hold you accountable and pray with you. Find someone you can trust to share with. Fill your time with new activities that will promote health and healing, such as a new hobby, exercising, or something you will enjoy. Most of all, spend intimate, quiet time alone with God. It is important that you have regular time with God alone to hear His voice and for God to give you the healing you need. God will have to go deep with you to heal you. There is a reason you run to your addiction for solace and comfort. Those “roots” must be uncovered, dealt with, and healed. God is a great counselor, friend, and comforter.
Begin to surrender your entire life to God, all that you try to control, all you fears, and get honest before God about your lack of trust towards Him and others. And when you have gotten completely honest with God, then you will be ready for His deliverance. When you’re ready, pray something like this:
I come seeking you today, and ask that you would forgive me of not trusting you, and taking matters into my own hands. I admit, I have used_____________, to bring me comfort and to numb my pain. But God I am ready to be free today. I believe you can deliver me from all that hinders me. I ask you to remove all desires, cravings, and psychological aspects of my addiction. I believe you came to set the captives free, and I am a captive to this addiction. Father, take it permanently from me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind the spirit of addiction off of my life, and that it goes back to the pit of hell where it came from. Help me God to learn to trust you first, then others. I believe you can remove this addiction from my life, as I do my part to keep it out of my life, in your name Jesus I pray.
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Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC. Christian counselor, author, speaker, and teacher. Stephanie has a passion to bring hope and encouragement and to see people made whole. Contact Stephanie @ http://www.christianhopecounseling.com.