- The loss of hope or confidence;despair or dejection.
- A feeling of depression ordisheartenment.
In this Christian race, how can we help each other? Scripture says to encourage one another while it is called today.
I genuinely want to help.
Addictions make you sink yet it’s cuts across almost everybody in one area or the other. Who would’ve thought self control to be a life saver? But it is.
That’s because it’s a fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:22.
But the spirit produces Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, Humility, and Self-Control. There is no law against things such as these.
When you’re unable to apply self-control to that thing you do, you get addicted. Even to the littlest of things.
Addictions are almost always crippling and that’s because day 1, you make up your mind to beat/stop it but it doesn’t work. Day 2, you have a firmer resolve but in spite of it, you fall, even harder. Day 3, ahem. Day 4, why?! By day 5, the depression sets in.
If with all that effort, it doesn’t go away, what can deliver you? And you ask this not as one who’s never experienced the tremendous power of God. You have. That’s why you called on him for this addiction but no result.
You’re choking on the addiction. You’re losing your sense of what is right and wrong. You may randomly even wonder if the Christian life is for you or for some other fire guys. The walls are fast closing in.
When I despaired once, the scripture I kept replaying in my mind was :
Psalm 34: 6 (English Standard Version)
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles
I just knew- I just did, – that if I cried, he would hear me because its written in the scriptures. That was it. It was written, so I believed. It was my only hope.
So what do you often do when you despair?
Let your heart cry out to him and hold on to that rope of hope. Just hold on. Hold.
Ecclesiastes 9: 4 (New Living Translation)
There is hope only for the living. As they say, “It’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion!”
See? God’s word is the hope we have to find hope in the worst of times.
Sometimes its an eclipse; that’s why its all dark. His word says joy comes in the morning. It will surely come. Has his word said it? That’s all. Confess the word of God that you’ve read. Reach out to a friend to pray with/for you. Just open your mouth and speak to God about how awful everything is.
It will rain.You can be certain of that. And you would be stronger for it when you rise. Your faith would’ve built up some muscles.
Let your heart reach out to him. Hold on to your hope.
Ps 36: 4(New Living Translation)
In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles.
And my e-mail address is always open for discussions.
What has been your story on losing or finding hope? Struggling with addictions?
Hope and Light,
Enjoyed this post! I’ve had an addiction to sugar for many years. I’ve gone weeks without it but then I go back to it. It’s like a never ending cycle
Aww. ? sometimes, most times, it helps if you have people to keep you accountable. When you’re absolutely tired of feeling ashamed that you broke your word again and again, you’ll eventually have a strong resolve to do away with it. That has been my experience.
I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Ash.
A man who smokes went to see the doctor for a medical check up, after all the assessment the Doctor confirmed that the man has one more cigeratte to have stroke which will definiitely lead to his death, hearing it the man stop smoking….
More suggestions coming….
This is a very good post. You said you genuinely want to help and I hope you understand just how much you have… I’ll be returning to this post periodically. ❤︎
Thank you Ore!
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Wonderful post. Just felt like adding this –
Addiction is the result of a consistent engaging in an habit either good or bad. In regards to bad habits — we get stick to it because naturally man tilt to evil than good (because of the fall anyway).
My advice and that’s from experience; to have victory, it’s not one off thing it’s a daily victory. If the addiction came through a consistent fellowship then it will go through another consistent fellowship.
In other words, prayer, discuss with a friend e.t.c are good ways to tackle it but much more fellowship with the laws of Christ set us free from the fellowship we had with sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2 KJV
 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
In conclusion, you overcome the law of sin and death through fellowship with the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord bless you miss Deborah and increase the platform. Amen.
Amen. Thank you so much. I’m particularly in agreement with this: ” if the addiction came through a constant fellowship, then it will go through another constant fellowship “.