This is a fabulous, inspiring post by my brother, Stuart Lee Tutt. This applies to anything in life really. Addiction is not just drugs, alcohol, food and pornography. Addiction is lying (to yourself and others), cheating (adultery or otherwise) stealing, playing video games, sex, shopping, etc……..Addiction is anything done in excess.
Don’t just read this post here check out Stuart’s SITE also. He shares the deepest part of himself as he heals and reaches out to others. I am truly impressed with his courage and the strength he has reaching deep inside himself, constantly unfolding more and more of his soul.
“No” Is Not Easy
Saying NO to your favorite dessert is not easy, but neither is saying no to any addiction. You brain has been altered. You have set a pattern for your brain to follow.
IT takes time for those patterns to be broken…those habitual things.
But reconditioning you mind is possible…but the first step is the hardest and that is admitting you actually have an addiction and not just a desire. Then and only then can healing begin.
I didn’t say take place I said begin. It’s a process. Admitting it first, changing your outlook, heck changing friends sometimes must take place and allowing God to change your heart is VERY important as well. The Bible says that No temptation is given that is not common to man, meaning you are not alone. The Bible also says that the temptation will not be above what you can handle and that He will supply a way out. Problem is we don’t take the way out or don’t see because we are too wrapped up in the moment.
Prayer is a very important part in this equation! Pray in the morning for God to go before you and remove the opportunities. Before you sit down to a computer or even to use your cell phone..pray. Let prayer become the habit and it will overwrite the bad patterns.
Philippians 3: 17-21 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.