“If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
In 1996 God delivered me from drug addiction. Since that time I have worked with hundreds of individuals on the streets, in churches, and in jails. One common statement they make is that they need to kick the habit. I immediately tell them, “no you don’t.” Unfortunately, that is the wrong state of mind. First of all when one kicks the habit he will usually pick up another. For instance, when one kicks the habit of smoking she will often times replace the cigarettes with food. Now this individual isn’t going to die of cancer, he will now die of a heart attack.
Another reason people don’t need to kick the habit is due to the fact that addiction is more than physical; it is emotional, physiological, and spiritual. This is why you see individuals who have been clean for weeks, months, and even years return to their addictions. The chemical dependency is long gone but the emotional, physiological, and spiritual factors haven’t been dealt with.
If we are not to kick the habit what then are we to do? We are to seek God for deliverance. When we are delivered by the mighty hand of God we are set free and made whole. This scripture reminds us of the power of God. “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Today, I am not a recovering addict; I am a delivered addict who has been set free.
Addiction is far more than just chemical dependencies. The same emotional, psychological, and spiritual bondages that hold the chemically dependant down can and will enslave anyone to bondage. We don’t have to live in that bondage. We can be set free by the grace and power of God. Trust me when I say that I know the power of addiction. You can also trust me, and countless others, who know the delivering power of almighty God. Call on Him, trust in Him, believe in His promises, and He WILL set you free. Over the next couple of weeks I will share several biblical principles on how we can be delivered.