Breaking the Power of Addiction

“The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin” (Proverbs 5:22).

The term “addiction” has come to mean a disease or malady of sorts. But “addiction” in the biblical sense speaks to the ensnaring power of sin. But God provides maximum hope for every child of God so that he or she can walk in victory.

How can we break the power of addiction?

1. Recognize that God has provided all that we need.
Peter wrote to believers surrounded by all the alluring temptations of the day. Yet he reminds them of what God provided them when they became Christians:

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).

When we experienced God’s saving grace for the first time, God took up residence in our hearts and we became temples of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). He broke the power of sin, forgave our sins and provided the grace to live for Him. No one can succeed without knowing they have the tools to do so. In Christ, we all have the tools to live in victory.

2. God works through active grace.
Salvation comes to us through God’s grace, without any merit of our own. But once we receive Christ and begin to live for Him, we need to practice God’s grace in daily living. After all, grace teaches us to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:12). The more we put into practicing godly virtues, the more victory we experience.

3. Beware of remaining sin.
We will speak more of this tomorrow, but we need to take special care not to “fall asleep spiritually.” Our battle with sin continues throughout this life, and sin seeks to undo the good that God has done. Subtle pride can creep in and take us places we don’t want to go. Just knowing that we could fall prey to sin serves as a help to stay clear of it.

Pray daily for grace to break the power of remaining sin and addictions. Trust God for the victory and live so as to avoid the haunts of the old life. Because Christ overcame the world, we will, too (1 John 5:4).

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