Here are four ways we can allow our Christian faith to help us overcome our addictions:
- Confess to God and repent. We may be able to hide our struggles from those around us, but we can’t hide them from God. Thankfully, we don’t have to. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Redemption is a process, and it begins with repentance. God will forgive us, every time we go to him with our sin. God understands the struggles we face and he’s willing to help.
- Ask for God’s continued help. God tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Reflect on this truth for a moment. Isn’t it incredible that in our weakest times we can count on God to be strong for us? When we rely on God we can conquer anything. Romans 8:37 promises that “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
- Commit to change. God has given us a free will. It can be difficult to tame our wills; but having a free will means that we can make decisions to change our lives! From the decision to accept Jesus, to daily saying “no” to temptation, we have the ability to commit to a new lifestyle. Commit to making the right choices each day for helping you overcome addiction. You will never be perfect, but God’s grace is there, and he will give you strength to continue on.
- Seek intentional community. James 5:16 tells us to “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” Not only is it important to turn to God with your sins, but it’s also important to confide in a friend you can trust or find a support group. Participating in intentional Christian community is helpful because God uses us to help one another. Find someone you can trust to listen, offer sound advice, and pray with you!