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Dealing with addiction and temptation

Addiction is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as “the need or strong desire to do or to have something, or a very strong liking for something". In simpler terms, it’s something you feel you cannot live without.

Addictions are almost always negative and many times it feels as though there is no way of escaping them. We tend to feel alone and ashamed and see no feasible way of ending our secret habits but in doing so we often fail to realise that we are not alone and we are not the only ones battling with such vices.                            

How do I know if I have an addiction?

There are different types of addiction some of the most common ones are; pornography, substance abuse and gambling. Often times we distance ourselves from the subject of addiction but addiction can come in many forms. It starts off as a seemingly small thing but in time it affects every part of your life and can become harmful to your relationships, your body and your work.

Temptation and addiction come hand in hand.

But remember - you’re not tempted because you’re evil or different, you’re tempted because you’re human. Since the Garden of Eden, the devil has been hard at work tempting humanity; pulling at our weaknesses and convincing us that these sinful habits are things that we cannot live without, however Jesus is real life proof that it is possible to resist temptation and addiction regardless of how stuck we feel.

You’re not alone in this fight

It’s easy to forget sometimes but Jesus was also tempted so he understands what we’re feeling (Mark 1:13), he sympathies with our struggles (Heb. 4:15), and tells us that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (v.16). Whatever battles you may face, know that God loves you and is more forgiving than you can ever imagine. He is faithful to come to your assistance and can also use other trained professionals to help you along the way

Though you may fall into sin you don’t have to fall into a pit of self-pity and despair. It’s at this point that you must cling to God’s promises (Philippians 4:13 KJV) and remember your purpose and your worth.

Practical Steps: The first step to any recovery is admittance - realising that you’re powerless and owning up to it. It is at this point that you can begin to move forward.
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