Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Since Adam and Eve, sin has been a problem that we all must deal with. We live in a sinful world, surrounded by sinful people, who all have a sinful nature (we crave sin) – and we’re one of them. A byproduct of sin is another of Satan’s schemes: addiction.
You see, our enemy is not only very good at tempting, he is very good at observing us. As he tempts, he watches to see if a particular temptation sticks more than the others. For some, it’s alcohol. For others, it’s drugs. For others still it’s lust. And, for even others it’s self-harm. The list is long. But, one thing is for sure, once Satan has you interested in something, he slams you with it over and over until it becomes your source of comfort. He substitutes eternal peace with God with temporary peace by addiction. Of course, the peace that comes from the addiction fades, and then you are just left with the pain of an unwanted habit.
So, how do we break free? It all begins in the mind. Every temptation begins with a thought. “Hey, I should do this to see what it’s like. Maybe it will help…” And then the thought repeats itself again, and again, until it consumes our mind. So, we must free our mind.
As Paul tells us in our verse today, when we turn our lives over to God, He begins the process of healing our mind. He begins to expel the thoughts of addiction and replace them with thoughts of hope and peace. Of course, this takes time – which is why it is often easy for people to give up. But, let me give you this truth: Your addiction can’t beat the Almighty.
So, how do we turn it over to God to transform? Get closer to God in every aspect of your life. Give Him access to your social life, your private life, your finances, your career, your schooling, your friends, your romantic relationships, everything. And then, don’t try to pull it back from Him when He begins to make changes. Trust in His judgment.
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