I only realized recently that it is more than a year ago now that GOD has delivered me from smoking.
I had been a smoker for more than 34 years.
Smoking is really in most cases caused by the spirit of rebellion. We all know that it is the spirit of witchcraft operating there – at least we know now.
As teenagers, most of us don’t know that.
At least, I didn’t.
I thought it was cool.
And I liked that it was forbidden, too (like many other things I did before I got saved and got a thrill out of them, partly because they were forbidden and what I never realized was that I yielded to the enemy).
Addictions are a very prominent method of the devil to hold us captive and prevent us from enjoying the freedom of GOD.
Of course, while we are in it, we invent all kinds of excuses and fool ourselves into believing that it is not even wrong, like I have with smoking – for many years, even though I was saved, I still smoked and somehow, I knew that it wasn’t ok, but I comforted myself with the fact that it is not explicitly mentioned in the bible… probably a very common excuse among Christians who want to keep sinning… doesn’t make it a good excuse though.
Anyhow. I was fasting. It was the very long fast I wrote about here, too… and it was very hard and I was only in week 2 and the least thing I needed was another task, another hurdle, one more thing to refrain from, but that was exactly what THE LORD was telling me HE wanted me to do – stop smoking.
I had seen it coming, I had somewhat heard it, but decided to ignore it, but part of me knew that sooner or later, I would have to do it.
The good thing about living with THE LORD is that HE always gives us the strength and help we need to fulfill what HE is asking of us.
And when I was praying and I knew it would be one of the hardest things I ever did, I was given an idea by HIM:
I wrote some of my favorite, very encouraging scriptures on little index cards and put them in my cigarette case, together with my cigarettes and my lighter.
Every smoker has some sort of case or box or a way how they carry their smokes and the lighter or their tobacco with them – and every smoker is not ever going anywhere without their smokes, so it was genius to put the remedy in the same box together with the cigarettes.
And I did have them with me all the time.
In the beginning, I put a few index cards in there together with a few cigarettes.
After a few days, I left the cigarettes out and decided to only “inhale” a word whenever I was craving a cigarette… in the end, the craving is somehow similar, you want something, something which will fill you, satisfy you and saturate some sort of hunger… only that an “intake” of scripture is inhaling something from GOD, something which will heal you and sustain you and which is good for you and a cigarette is the exact opposite and of course, the urge to want it comes from the other side as well as the effects and consequences.
I remember it was very hard, but HE brought me through somehow.
Of course, there were a few “catastrophes” in my life shortly after I had mastered this terribly strong and icky, sticky addiction – but I somehow got through them without smoking. I even remembered that I still had the thought, the thought which had been the first thought in stressful situations for more than half of my life “I need a cigarette now!”, but HE gave me strength.
And of course, I took the case with the scriptures wherever I went and in fact, I am still doing that today, even though I must admit that I don’t look at it so often anymore, which is a shame in a way, sometimes I remember, when I wait somewhere for instance, and it never fails to soothe and comfort me… it still is a source of satisfaction, only the real deal, the good stuff – no side effects, except only positive ones, and the best thing, it doesn’t only make free, it also comes for free!
Praise THE LORD!
My friend, if you have anything you need to let go of, a habit you would like to overcome, perhaps this could be a method for you as well?
Or something similar, where GOD’s word can help you through?
I am sure when you need help and pray about it, HE will inspire you with a method as well!
I hope and pray that this will inspire, heal and bless you. And that THE LORD will bless you richly in every area of your life, that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you, in JESUS’ name I pray! Amen.