These statements motivated me to change my behavior.
- Jesus isn’t intimidated by my addiction.
Jesus isn’t surprised by my addiction.
Jesus isn’t powerless in rescuing me from my addiction.
When I first thought to quit drinking I encountered an opposing force that undermined my desired freedom goal.
After I thought it through I identified this opposing force as:
- My vanity (physical).
My seductive culture (emotional). And,
My antagonistic evil adversary (spiritual).
It appeared that I was doomed before I even started. I figured out that will-power would only take me so far. Eventually, I came to the end of myself, you know—I became sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Here are my five steps used to end addiction:
First, Respect God
Initially my number one problem was coming to grips with my lack of respect for God. I believed in God. I’d learned a few things about God. But my relationship with God was shallow.
Proverbs says, “Reverent respect for God is the beginning of wisdom.” (Bible, Proverbs 9:10).
As I took a look at my life I prayed, Lord please don’t give up on me.
I came to realize everything I did, I did in front of God. Nothing was hidden. God was always present. My respect for God grew.
Second, Ya Gotta Wanna
I asked, “Do you really want to quit your addiction?”
I answered, “Yes.”
But I lacked the ability to make this happen on my own. Still, I wanted it to happen. So, ya gotta wanna became a crucial step. But I needed more than desire.
Three: Accept Responsibility
I made a lot of excuses. Not good excuses. My addiction wasn’t caused by my parents, or their genes. I had to accept responsibility for me.
Four: Resist Temptation
Temptation is vigilant. Temptation didn’t leave me alone simply because I desired to quit drinking. Temptation didn’t quit bothering me because I accepted responsibility for my drinking. No, temptation simply waited for my next vulnerability and then pounced on me. Yet, God saw my struggle and reached out for me.
Failure after failure I, gradually, learned to resist and refuse to be bullied by temptation.
Five: Continually Cooperate with God
I prayed and prayed , Lord God take my addiction away.
I made this prayer mistake because I didn’t recognize that God wanted us to work together on my deliverance. A relationship is two-way, not one-way.
God expected me to cooperate with His Holy Spirit. It took me a while to get this right.
Then, I continually and consistently cooperated with the Lord.
Finally, I experience the freedom I prayed for.
Have I slipped-up?
Yet when I exercise these five steps I make a firm decision to live past my addiction. I understand, now, that every time addiction’s temptation tempts me it’s an opportunity for me to draw closer to Christ.
Use these steps to break your addiction and remember:
Every time the temptation comes it is an opportunity to see God work in the details of your life.