Some of these addictions start at a stage that is subtler than others. When thinking of addictions, the most common, including alcoholism, drugs, tobacco, may come to mind. But other addictions, such as the addiction to pornography or the addiction to personal ego can prove just as destructive. But God’s wisdom seeks to address such addictions and provide a way to master temptation.
When God Himself was tempted by the devil, he chose to resist temptation by relying on the power of God (Matthew 4:1-11). The devil tested him with food, with power, and even with death – all temptations that we face and are factors that can lead to addictions; such as gluttony, pride, and fear. However, by seeking God’s power over temptation that can conquer addiction. He was able to resist the devil, and he fled from Him.
Addiction itself can be deadly, but removing the threat of temptation is one of the most effective ways to overcome it. Resisting temptation is the first step to overcoming addiction. As the God’s own example shows us, no one is immune from temptation, which can lead to addiction if not addressed at its root cause.
Benny Prasad, an Indian musician that went onto obtain the Guinness World Record for the fastest man to travel to all 245 nations of the world, began to take steroids from an early age to cope with a health condition that quickly spiralled into rheumatoid arthritis, lung damage, and a depressed immune system, leaving doctors to diagnose him with only six months to live. Yet when he began to rely on God for release from his condition, God answered him and gave him the gift of music, which he now uses literally all over the world.
The devil flees when God he sees. If you are seeking deliverance from addiction, it is important to rely on God instead of your own strength. Relying on human strength will prove futile when facing larger temptations. God’s power, however, can break through the stronghold of addiction and remove the temptation that cripples you, saving you from your sin and the power of addiction.