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Overcoming Addictions - Help for Christians

Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.

This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.

My Addiction: God, Will You Take This?

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by Beth Livingston
Certified Recovery Specialist

“We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings” Alcoholics Anonymous (Step 7)

The second word in step seven has to do with humbling ourselves, a huge part of the recovery process. In fact, most of us have tried to remove our ________ (name your addiction or character defect) on our own more than once. When we get to the end of us and are sincerely seeking God’s intervention in our lives to remove our shortcomings, we are being honest and humble. He wants us to ask Him, even if we ask Him every day.  

When was the last time you got down on your knees and cried out to God to take this away from you? If you’re still struggling and feel like God is not hearing you, please don’t believe that lie. He hears you. He’s at work in your life to cleanse you. Keep asking and keep believing. He’s always ready at our heart’s door. Maybe sometimes we want Him to come into our heart on our terms instead of His. It’s at these times that we need to really humble ourselves and say, “Not my will Lord, but yours!”

Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” 1 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." He wants to cleanse us (remove all our shortcomings)!

Getting cleansed/delivered doesn’t always happen as a one-time event. It can, but usually it’s a process. Also, we find that once the ________ (name your addiction or character defect) has been removed, we discover there are more areas of our lives that we need to ask God to make changes. For me, first it was alcohol, then cigarettes and finally my precious marijuana. After a couple of years of asking God repeatedly to please take the desire to smoke pot out of my life, one day the Holy Spirit showed me that I had made an idol of pot. When I deep down realized that I was breaking the commandment that I should have no other Gods before Him, I was truly humbled and wept when I realized I had made that my God. My deliverance came soon thereafter. I’ve been free over seven years.

In my case, not all of my shortcomings were removed at once. At this time in my life I am extremely grateful that I’m no longer addicted to any of these substances, but guess what? I’m codependent. Now I’m working through the recovery process to have God remove the tendency to fix other people, control other people and have unhealthy relationships because I’m so wrapped up in a loved one’s life. The Lord will help me through this and I will be changed as a result. I don’t know how long it will take, but since it’s there and it needs to go, I will focus on the goal of being free some day and work through these steps to get there.

What has your experience been when you’ve asked God to remove all your shortcomings? The more we share, the more we will learn about God’s ways. Bless you for being on the journey to freedom!

  • Link to Step 1
  • Link to Step 2
  • Link to Step 3
  • Link to Step 4
  • Link to Step 5
  • Link to Step 6
  • Link to Step 7
  • Link to Step 8
  • Link to Step 9
  • Link to Step 10
  • Link to Step 11
  • Link to Step 12
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    Comments on this post

    # RE: My Addiction: God, Will You Take This?

    with God all things are possible. read Zachariah
    4:6 Mathew 1:28 i pray for all of us who are addicted to some thing in life whatever we had our idols as well.please pray for me as well, thanks & be blessed one day at a time.
    Left by on Jul 01, 2013 5:00 PM

    # RE: My Addiction: God, Will You Take This?

    Agreeing with you in prayer and praying for you as well - Amen
    Left by blivingston on Jul 01, 2013 5:17 PM

    # RE: My Addiction: God, Will You Take This?

    It gave me hope to read not to give up thinking that Jesus is not hearing or answering my prayers and cry for help. That I need to just keep praying, every day if necessary. That its in His time, not mine. And that He is working in my life, on His schedule, maybe I need to hurt more, need more, be more desperate. I don't know how that could be, but..... I've been thinking there's no answer, my praying isn't helping, but I think I may be praying wrong, can that be? There was time I even started thinking praying was hurting me, because it seemed like bad things happened, or things got worse, right after I would cry out in prayer for help, so I actually became afraid to pray, to ask Him for screwed up is that!!!!
    But I won't give up, I can't....I'm going to die soon if I can't change my life and stop the relapses, I need Him to take over my life, entirely, I can't do this anymore! thank you for listening, whomever....I'm new to CBN and blogging. Thanks.
    Left by penny on Aug 27, 2013 12:41 AM

    # RE: My Addiction: God, Will You Take This?

    Penny, I hope and pray you have continued to pray and seek God for your situation. Your prayers are certainly precious to our Lord Jesus Christ. Your description of things getting worse when you pray sounds like spiritual warfare. I encourage you to grab your Bible and read the word of God out loud. (If you don't have a place to start in mind, maybe Psalms 23 would be a good chapter for you.) When Christ was tempted by the enemy, He quoted scripture to Satan. It is the strongest weapon we have against that which seeks to destroy us. If you have other scriptures you know, just say them, meditate on them, etc. and keep on praying. I'm praying for you too.
    Left by blivingston on Sep 17, 2013 5:55 PM