One big problem that many people have is that they just don’t know what to do so they smoke. When urges hit do anything you can to distract yourself. Do some work, exercise, play a game. An action oriented activity will often take your mind off of smoking.
One of the things the Bible says we should do is to Worship God.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God 1 Corinthians 10:31
Pray “Lord, help me to always be moderate in all things”. Remember that to improve the chances of getting your prayers answered you sometimes need to do something. In this case planning to be moderate today may cause God to notice that you are serious about living right and He may say – you know what I normally don’t step and change the course of history, but this person really wants to live the way I want them to live.
For me stress can lead back to addiction. When I put a specific time frame on activities which raise my stress level, plus praying about being moderate in all things – I probably triple or quadruple my odds of success. What do you need to plan more often which will help you avoid your addiction?
If you are not a Christian you may want to try it because when we have the Spirit of the Lord with us we will find Liberty.
16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord
Look at the HOPE we should have for real change as we focus on learning how to keep the Spirit of the Lord near us. We get the Spirit of the Lord near us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. But we know for sure that when we fiddle with sin we lose our Liberty over sin and over the chains of smoking.
Therefore make it your goal to do everything to the glory of God. This will lead to liberty over sin and liberty over smoking.
1 Corinthians 3:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Why does 1st Corinthians 3 say the harsh things it says? It may be because when we accept Christ we join God’s army. There is a massive war going on. God has huge things for every person to do. At first He may only give us small things to do until we straighten up enough to do the huge things. But we need to train always to do the huge things while we do the small things.
When we commit the sins from Corinthians 3 the disobedience is a problem. But the real problem is God’s army went off to war and ____ stayed behind because of _____ . What should God do with the people who don’t take it serious? In 2017 in America virtually no one is taught about the urgency and importance of serving in God’s army. No one is taught to have a passion for winning the war. A passion for souls. A love for the people all around us dying and going to hell.
I focus on this passage regularly because I want to be fully aware of the war which is going on. I must quit any addictions so that I am able to do the task that God has for me to do. Quitting smoking shows the world you are fully aware of the war going on. It tells everybody that you will be as strong as you can be so that you can do what God has for you to do.
Read Matthew 4 and First Corintians 4 from the Bible.
Continue to read “The Purpose Driven Life”.
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
Let’s continue to watch people who quit to see how they did it. Jim determined to pray every day: Father keep me from temptation.
Lisa decided to make it a habit to pray at least 3 times per day “Lord, help me to always be moderate in all things.”
Mike made it a habit to have a time and place to pray every day.
Bill is making it a habit to tell himself to turn away aggressively from thoughts of smoking 5 times every day. For busy people we should say it 5 times per day, for others we need to say it every hour. To turn away aggressively means to turn away instantly from any emotions, situations, temptations, wrong people or anything else that may trip us up.
Lastly if you are not a Christian but you would like to become one, here is how to do it. #1 Confess your known sins to God #2 Ask him to forgive you for your past sin. #3 Ask Him to be your personal Lord and Savior.
#4 Find a good church where you can find a pastor (usually from a smaller church) who can work with you on your addiction. #5 There is power in prayer. Pray about your addiction. Will God give you an instant cure? Sure he will to the 1/10 of 1 % of those who will stop looking back at their addiction. But for the rest of us who want to look back because we are stupid, there is no instant cure. But we still need to pray because when we pray and are right with God the light goes on in our life. Then if we mess up it is very obvious that Gods way is best and that Christianity is the only real thing we have in the scope of an everlasting lifetime.
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Day 1 Overcoming cravings
Day 2 Why can’t you quit
Day 3 Start a Journal
Day 4 Overcoming negative emotions
Day 5 You can’t increase your pleasure for the month by smoking
Day 6 Control your emotions and plan your day