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Freedom From Addictions: Breaking the Cycle
Creflo A. Dollar
The beginning of every year brings promises of change and resolutions designed
to help you become a better person. A fresh start and a clean slate create the
right environment to break old habits and create new ones. I believe there is
no better time than now to resolve to break the addictive habits and patterns
in your life! When people think of addictions, alcohol, drug abuse and sexual
sins are often the first things that come to mind. However, addictions come in
different forms. Many Christians are struggling to break addictive strongholds
in their lives and have become frustrated as they go through the process. The
good news is: there is hope! Anyone can obtain freedom through a relationship
with Jesus Christ.
Webster’s Dictionary defines addiction as a behavior in which someone chooses
“to obsessively or habitually surrender to something.” Addictions can take the
form of an obsessive way of thinking, speaking or acting.
Addictions are the result of thoughts that are unchecked by the Word of God. Every
outcome you experience in life follows a sequence that begins with words and leads
to thoughts, feelings, decisions, actions then habits. If you find there is an area
of your life that seems to be out of control, it is important to locate what words
you have been listening to. Then you must deal with the thoughts created by those
words that have been allowed to influence your actions. If you don’t deal with this
critical area of your thought life, you will remain in bondage to addictive behaviors.
One way to effectively deal with negative thinking is to first allow the Word of God
to become your final authority. You have to find out what God says in His Word; and
then make a quality decision to align your words and thoughts with His. Then you will
be able to recognize opposing thoughts and suggestions. This is the first step toward
The next step to breaking addictions is to use the Word as a weapon against negative
thoughts, which form your behavior. The Bible instructs you to cast down thoughts and
every imagination that tries to override the Word of God you know to be true (2 Corinthians 10: 5).
You do this by speaking the Word of God as soon as the thought comes. When you declare
what God has said about the issue you are dealing with, you capture wrong thoughts and
keep your mind free and clear of the devil’s lies.
Renewing your mind is the third key to breaking addictions (Romans 12:1, 2). Spend time
meditating on the Word of God so you can transform the way you think and perceive life.
The world may have told you that retaliating against someone who has hurt or wronged you
is acceptable; but the Word tells us to love our enemies. If you have a habit of cussing
at people who make you mad, or seeking revenge, you need to change. Break that bad habit
by renewing your mind with God’s Word. Slowly but surely, as you begin to think differently,
your responses and reactions will change.
God promised us an abundant life that does not include being in bondage to any addictive
thought patterns or behaviors. The Bible says, “…to abstain from the sensual urges
(the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the
soul” (1 Peter 2:11, The Amplified Bible). If you’re struggling with addictions, you’re not
going to be able to model the character and love of God effectively, because addictions are
based in selfishness.
If you are struggling in a particular area, don’t be afraid to admit your challenge and ask God to
help you. Believers have the authority, through Jesus Christ, to overcome wickedness and strongholds
of addictions. You are more than a conqueror! Through the Word of God, you can remove bad habits from
your life and prevent them from coming back.
Galatians 5:1 confirms this: “In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us];
stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery
[which you have once put off]” (The Amplified Bible).
When you release yourself from entanglement with
addictions and obsessions, you position yourself to receive God’s peace and plan for your life.
I encourage you to build your faith and strength by meditating on the Word of God. Visit our online
bookstore and purchase your copy of the message,
Mastering Your Emotions. You will also find a
multitude of resources to aid you in your decision to break free from addictions and find freedom in Christ.
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