15 Bible Verses To Help With Addiction

by David Peach on June 29, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Whether the addiction is alcohol, drugs or sexual, God offers help in His Word to break free of the addiction. Some verses in the Bible give warnings as to why you should abstain from certain sins while other verses give encouragement that an addiction can be overcome.

15 Comforting Scriptures To Help With Addiction

Proverbs 6:26-29 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.”

Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”

Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

you shall be free indeed

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

James 1:12-15 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

James 4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Christian Quotes for Overcoming Addiction

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.” ~ Bernard Edmonds

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” ~ Bill Cosby

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara ever turned light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Pam June 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Nice article David. Here is my favorite: 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Praise God that the Christian has the Holy Spirit “in you/them” to overcome any of life’s defeating habits.

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becca August 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

addiction is such a powerful force. I’m seeking help for my fiance, via scriptures. Your compilation of scriptures are very good and helpful. yet i see it just shows us that he is sinning. I would love to see the next step in recovery, where is Gods help? What scriptures can i read, murmer, and trust in to have victory in this area? ? How will god help me, after i realize I’m wrong and turn to/submit to Him?
Pam certainly has the right idea.
thanks

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David Peach August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

Becca, my favorite verses for the power of God that teaches us that He is with us and will help us overcome are found in Romans 8. The whole chapter is great. But particularly verses 31-39.

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taneisha August 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I need directuon me and my fiance were suppose to get married this saturday until I found out he has an addiction. Im so heart broken in somuch pain. Im embarrased and deppressed I just dont know what to do.

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David Peach August 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I am sorry to hear about this. I recommend that you find a good church with a pastor who is willing to work with you and your fiance. Even if you are not able to go through with the wedding at this time, you want him to get help and to overcome this addiction. If he is willing to get help then finding a pastor in your area who can counsel him and recommend a program for him is your best direction at this time. All marriages require work, you don’t want to add any more problems at the very beginning.

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Benjamin December 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

God has a plan for him and for you. And I hope u are still with him today because Gods plan comes as not understandable at first but when on his time that it shall be revealed to each of u.. We all fall very short in adhering to Gods wishes, but we must have obedience….

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lucky September 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

good

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Gina September 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

My husband’s son just had a “wedding” yesterday to a woman he has known a very short time. We have been leary of her since she has seemed to have an addiction to alcohol and pills problem. Yesterday before the wedding ceremony the officiant stated the marriage was not legal because they had failed to get the marriage license. They still had the ceremony. During the ceremony she was so high on pills and alcohol she had to be held up by his son. They have 4 children that will be blended together through this marriage. We are very concerned for them. We are Christians and want to know how to approach our son before this marriage becomes legal. How can we express our concern?

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Jack Wellman September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Gina, this is so good that you are concerned for your son and the children’s future. The first thing you can do is pray for God’s direction and guidance. Pray when things that are out of our control because all things are in God’s sovereign hand. I would approach him with exactly what you say here. Tell them your concerns about his future welfare and the welfare of the children. There is the threat of their losing children to the state when illegal drugs are included. Even if they are prescription, the combination of alcohol is a dangerous addition. Alcohol can make drugs lethal. As a former mental health case manager and now a pastor, I have dealt with similar situations and tried to have them postpone the wedding until the addictions are broken. Tell you son “what happens if she is driving with the children while impaired?” The children could be hurt or killed. The mother (to be) could be then charged with vehicular homicide. This is serious business. Marrying your son will not solve anything and in fact, it appears that if she can not abstain even during a wedding ceremony, there will be no preventing her from abusing drugs and alcohol after the marriage. I fear great for your son and the children’s safety and future. Talk with him privately. This is gravely serious. Tell him your concerns and what I have just written. Please do this right away and before any marriage becomes legal. I have married couples before and I would refuse to marry anyone that is in such a condition because if the woman is under the influence, it may not even be legal. I will also pray over this with you. PLEASE keep in touch. We are praying. Talk to your son. His life and the children’s are at stake in a big way.

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SHELLY April 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

my son is going though drug court inpaitent treatment court jail looking at 1-5 if he dosent complete these he has house arrest when he gets out of inpaitent for 30 days he has turnd his life around but hes been in jail and inpaitent. im really scared onced when he gets out any thoughts out there

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Jack April 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Thank you Shelly. I truly believe what people say is the least that they can do is actually the most believers can do and we will join you in this. Prayer! We must resort to prayer and place this in God’s hands. When we cast all our cares upon Him, He can handle what we can not. Proverbs 21:1 I believe it is says that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Now if God can direct and lead the king’s heart like water in His mighty hands, we must trust Him to direct all things, including your son’s heart.

I would also consider having a local police officer visit with him or even give him a tour of the local jail facility. As a former Mental Health Case Manager & today a pastor, we must tell these young people that they and they alone are responsible for your own actions. They reap their own consequences and once they go past and violate the house arrest, it is off to jail and is this what your son wants? I am sure he doesn’t. A “scared straight” approach is sometimes good but prayer is essential. I know then that you can not even help him at this point except to give it all to God and pray for this young man morning, noon, and night. The effectual prayer of a righteous man or woman avails much and God divine intervention is about all we can hope for.

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Brandi June 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

My husband has a drinking problem and I have recently found that he has been stealing my prescription pain medication. He hid these problems from me until after we were married. I am at my wits end trying to help him and believing him when he tells me that he will stop. He is new to the body of Christ and is very reluctant to outside help. We both need help during this trying time, what should I do?

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Jack Wellman June 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Hello Brandi. For one thing and its not the least we can do but the very most we can do is to pray for him. Praying is the very thing that you can do that will make the most difference for only God can change people from the inside (Prov 21:1). I am so sorry. I would hide your pain medication for one thing and tell him his behavior is threatening your feeling safe with him in this marriage. I wish he could read this article which gives real help and real hope about overcoming an addiction at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

I would also talk to your pastor and say that you are going to the pastor if he doesn’t seek help on his own. I am sure he must understand that he is risking the marriage and God will not leave him unpunished. Praying with you friend.

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Mart July 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I’ve been praying for my son since he was about 4years old I noticed he was very feminine. He is living a full gay lifestyle. I just can’t except he was born gay. He is 26 my question is will he ever change I’ve prayed for him to change for 22 years and it’s only gotten worse.. But I must say that I’m not giving up on him. This is a burden that I’ve carried for years and I can’t hide it anymore.

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David Peach July 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Mart, my heart goes out to you.

You asked if your son will change. I certainly can’t answer what he will do, but I can confidently say that God can help him change if your son chooses. Let me encourage you to continue to pray.

At this point you probably have little influence over your son on a practical level. You will make a bigger impact on him by loving him and praying for him, but not accept his sin. He probably already knows where you stand on this issue, beating him over the head about this every time you are together will do nothing to help.

I trust that you will find comfort in God and His Word. Try to find someone who can be a help to you spiritually during this time. You probably need someone in whom you can confide to help you keep your focus on the Lord.

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Sarah July 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I have been stuck in this situation where I sin everyday. After I sin I feel awful and can’t stand myself and what I’ve done. But every day I come back to my same actions. It hurts me to think of what might happen if I continue my trend. I always pray afterward and ask for forgiveness and the strength to stop. But day after day I come back to my same spot.
Honestly, I’m tired of what I’m doing. I just can’t seem to get over my problem and I desperately want to. I know I need help but I don’t want to admit this to anyone.
Sometimes I don’t know if God is going to forgive me AGAIN. But he is God and he loves all men and women. And I know that sin is a part of all humans’ lives and always will be but I just feel like I’m not trying to stop when I really am.
I feel like I don’t know what to do and I’m drowning in sin. Will I ever get over this addiction? Do I still belong to God? I’m I still going to live with God in heaven after all I’ve done? What do I need to do?

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David Peach July 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Sarah, thank you for your honesty. Here are some thoughts concerning Romans 8 in light of the exact same situation you are facing.

The first few verses establish the fact that there is no condemnation to those of us who are in Christ Jesus (this is really a continuation of Romans 5-7). We have been forgiven. Imagine that when Christ died on the cross all your sins were in the future, yet God said He would forgive them. The sins you may commit tomorrow are just as forgiven from God’s perspective as the sins you committed yesterday. You can rest assured in the fact that if you have trusted Christ as your Savior then you are His child and you have a loving Father who desires to help you.

Furthermore, as you read through Romans 8 you will see great victory is promised. This victory comes in the fact of resting in Christ.

I have been in your situation. I have struggled with things that had an addictive stronghold on me. They seemed impossible to overcome. I would ask forgiveness because of how awful I felt after sinning, but then would find myself in the same situations again.

Let me present to you a scenario and a solution. You have a sin that has dominion over you. You have a desire to please the Lord. You see the situation in which you tend to fall into that sin. You say, I won’t let it conquer me this time. The next thing you know you are involved in the sin beating yourself up because you couldn’t control it.

Your solution has always been to “be a good Christian,” “avoid the sin,” or whatever you think you can do in your power to overcome it.

You should flip the solution around and simply stop trying to conquer the sin. Look at it a different way. You already have victory in Christ. He has already conquered the sin. When you see the temptation coming and then claim the promise of God that the victory is already provided, you take the focus off your ability and draw your strength from His ability.

For me, when I was struggling the most, I drew great strength from Romans 13:14. I realized that I put myself in situations where I made it easy to sin. I made provisions for my flesh. When you stop making it easy for yourself to sin (for example: if you struggle with alcohol, then stay out of the bar) then it is harder to fall to the temptation.

I hope this is a help to you Sarah. The book of Romans is powerful. I don’t want to derail your other Bible study at this time, but if you are not involved somewhere else in the Bible I would suggest you take time to read and study Romans. Read it multiple times and maybe even consider memorizing some passages. Both Romans 6 and 8 are chapters that I often quote to help me understand the victory I have in Christ.

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Tera August 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Sarah, you sound like me. Or sounds like my post? How are you doing now? I have no worries that God won’t continue to forgive me, I know He will, it’s just sin has consequences. I just keep learning the hard way. Sin is fun so it’s a double edged sword. I will be forced to quit my addiction now with a price. If you want to talk feel free to email me directly. I’ve been through more than a person could imagine this past 3 yrs. Also recommendation Joyce Meyers books. I’m starting Battlefield of the Mind again & Beauty for Ashes along with her pod casts. Take care & I will keep you in my prayers with a deep understanding of your struggles.

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richard December 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

your story sounds so much like mine. i have struggled with my addiction for along time and i am always left feeling as if i keep failing. i pray everyday for help and still find myself doing the same things over again. it is as if i just give up and let my addiction control me. i want so much to stop but i find myself in the same place. thanks for sharing your story because if sometimes feel no one knows just how i feel and i know i am not alone.

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Sarah July 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thank you so much for your advice and help. It really opened my eyes more. I really appreciate that you take time and talk to people like me and try to help them. Without me even going to my Bible- which I’m about to do right now- you’ve helped me and I thank you for that.

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Dan August 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Ive delt with the same situation ive prayed for strenght to overcome my addiction and I would fall back into the same destructive behaveir so I would pray again for strenght and forgiveness finally I felt peace come over me I cant help but feel that the lord understands are addictions and knows we will fell but the important thing is we keep trying. Keep praying for peace and strenth and power over saten

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Pamela Rose Williams August 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

excellent advise Dan … thanks your for leaving it here.

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Jeff August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

my name is jeff, i am currently in rehab over my addictions. Before i got here i didnt see that i had a problem. Now that im sobber i see i was living a unmanagable lifestyle. Every day i try to find a better meaning to life. then i found the bible the bible holds the answers to all my questions, they may not be answered in the way that i want but they are always answered. Im 17 years old and i feel like i am just now starting my life, i want to tell everone out there, there is always hope to them who beleive, just dont give up on yourself or your loved ones.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hi Jeff, I am so encouraged by your comment. Thank you for taking the time to leave it.

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JulieAnn November 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Jeff – I praise God for your heart toward Him and toward recovery! You will be blessed richly for your courageousness! “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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jeff August 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thank you for spending your time to read my comment and comment back, it means alot to me. god bless you!

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Chelsea August 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Thank you for these verses. I’m going through a rough time right now. I’ve strayed away from the Lord, and the past couple years have been miserable. Lying, promiscuity, stealing, drinking, smoking, marijuana, and depression have all seem to have taken over my life. I feel so lost and am to the point I don’t how to find my way back. I don’t know where to start and if God could ever forgive me for all the wrong I’ve done in my life.

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David Peach August 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Chelsea, I know for a fact that God can forgive you, and He wants to. Go to Him in prayer confessing your sin. That word ‘confess’ in the Bible means ‘to agree.’ When we confess we are saying to God that we agree with Him about our sin. What does God say about sin? That it is repulsive to Him. That it is the reason we deserve punishment in Hell. However, the other side of that is agreeing with God that He is willing to forgive and cleanse (1 John 1:9).

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tammie davis August 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I have 5 boys that god has blessed me with. My next to the oldest son who just turned 26 has a addiction to drugs, he denies it but has gave up everything, including his daughter to run the streets. I have so much fear that someone is going to do something to him, a friend of his yesterday came after him with a baseball bat. I pray and have lifted him up to the lord to protect and give him wisdom to make the right decsions, I have also been praying for myself against the spirit of fear, but with the drugs comes viloance and people doing something to one of my other sons because of what this son has done. Please pray with me and I am asking for a bible verse that I can repeat over his name and everyone of my children each day. Thank u

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David Peach August 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Tammie, I pray that you will find peace and trust in God. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God does not give us fear, but peace.

There are consequences to wrong actions, but you can trust God to give you grace. Whatever you son has done and whatever repercussions follow I hope you will trust God’s hand and guidance.

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Tera August 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

I kept slipping back into an addiction that I acquired during divorce from a mentally ill, abusive person. It has gotten me into trouble now I will have to face whatever consequence is handed me. I was so mad at myself every day for not having control over my actions but just wouldn’t stop. I know the devil laughed every day that I gave into it. I am again trying to quit again this week but the physical symptoms of withdrawal I’ll have to face scare me. Or not having it to make me feel better or get that temporary high. Does anyone have advice on that? Other than keeping my Bible close & try to pray each time I’m tempted. Thanks for listening.

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David Peach August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Tera, I lift you up in prayer to the Lord right now and ask Him to give you strength through this.

Please find a good church and a pastor who can help you. God ordained the church to be a help for our Christian lives. I know not all pastors know how to handle each situation, but I trust you will find a church where the pastor can get you the help you need. He may recommend you talk with another counselor about your problem. Please do so. Keep praying that God will give you direction and clarity.

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Tera August 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for the prayer. Made me feel more peaceful & it is good to know there are other Christians who struggle with the same issues. I agree, I slipped on attending church & I always get more courage & more peace to overcome it when I do. Not to mention I am teaching my children to follow in my footsteps. I know it doesn’t take going to church to be a Christian but we need to be around people who can encourage us in the right direction. Now if I can follow my own advice this week I would love a private blog where we could share our progress do you know of any?

David Peach August 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

No, I am not aware of a private blog or forum like this, but I am sure it could be helpful.

I am glad to know that going to church is something you are willing to do. Many people try to tackle these problems alone and it just does not work well.

Tabitha Creel September 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

*DEAR FAMILY n FRIENDS; PLEASE READ!*
Something happened yesterday, between me n one of my family members, that really hurt me..There were factless judgements and accusations thrown at me and even a statement of my future failure was put on the table- in the form of a BET; however, I can admit that I AM the FIRE & the FUEL to this little “spark” of conflict n consequences… The last 3 years I abandoned my FAMILY n FRIENDS and welcomed drugs instead. In my addiction, I’ve lied to, stolen from, and used people for my own bennefit, easy money, and/or for quick solutions…With that, if YOU are a FAMILY member, or an old FRIEND of mine, and I abandoned our relationship, it was because I didn’t want to VICTIMIZE those I LOVE. I didn’t wanna make YOU a “tree in MY FIRE’S way!”
I AM sincerely SORRY to any of you I may have worried and hurt.

**FOR THO…SE WHO “THINK” THEY KNOW:
>Your worst suspicions, assumptions n judgements (of what I’ve done, or “MAY” have done, where I’ve been, and who I WAS..) Fall incredibly SHORT (of who I’ve hurt, lied to, or used; What I’ve SEEN, been a part of, or fell victim to;) AND WHO I AM NOW!

**I AM WHO I AM, BECAUSE…**
>GOD mercifuly disciplined me, (jail, instead of prison or death)
GRANTED me the wisdom and understanding of all my afflictions and pain, and with
GENTLE ease, GRACEFULY humbled me so I wouldn’t live in vain! THEN..
>GOD SENT me down a token of his LOVE; JESUS, (MY SAVIOR) wiped me clean and
CARRIED me. Now I KNOW I have a place RESERVED in Heaven ABOVE!
I AM BLESSED with GOD’S MERCY N GRACE!
I AM FREE’D from GUILT, SHAME n EVEN DEATH!
I AM DELIVERED from ADDICTIONS, HEARTACHE n PAIN!
I AM FILLED WITH the HOLY SPIRIT, and
I HAVE JESUS as MY BEST FRIEND!
I AM NOW AT PEACE, because I HAVE BEEN REDEEMED!
I AM finaly CONTENT in how GOD MOLDED ME TO BE, and EXCITED that..
I AM WHO I AM! and…
I AM SAVED!!!
All written from the HEART of, Tabitha Creel
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David Paquette October 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

Thank you Tabitha creel for your posting, Ive been googling stuff this morning to search for an answer. Your post answered my question and helped me with my personal battle this morning and with my confession.

Thank you

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REBECCA BENSON January 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

THAT IS AWESOME TABITHA AND I CAN RELATE TO THE BEING PUT IN JAIL INSTEAD OF PRISON OR DEATH. GOD BLESS YOU HONEY.

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jakki August 21, 2014 at 12:06 am

I was drawn to your post and curious as to how you are doing. I found this page accidentally and now feel as if it were meant for me to read the message you posted. A close friend of mine is back from hospital and am trying to write her something to give her strength from her addictions…I find this message. I believe this post was more for me than her though. Thank you!

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Dana October 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I am seeking, I’m not sure what. I, along with a couple of others have been praying for my husband who I caught doing drugs. Through prayer I thought we were getting throught it, and starting to counter act the anger which has come along with it. He has threatened to leave and to hurt me physically. I have asked him to come with me to get help and to come back to church which he bluntly refuses. After a good week of him being home from work and us all being together, we have 3 young children, he went back to work and I found instruments for taking drugs. I asked him about them which has now started the abuse again. I’ve also found out our house used to be a big party house with all sorts going on and have been suggested its the spirit left behind in the house that’s causing this. The people who said this suggested I cleanse the house with blessed oil. I have no idea how to go about this. I’m feeling defeated.

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Tera October 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

I feel strongly about the devil getting a hold of families like this & I think the only cleansing can come from God. I hate to tell you this but I went through the same thing & ended up having no choice but to leave & divorce my husband. We were married for 8 years when it started around the same time our businesses were failing. He decided to stop working, start drinking & doing drugs (where he got the money I’ll never know). He became abusive with his words for a while then it was borderlining physical. It took awhile to lead up to that (I put up with this for 2 yrs) but the drinking/drugs made his temper worse. He started with my 12 yr old, too. Many nights we had to lock ourselves in our rooms after he came home from the bar. Our home ended up in foreclosure, had to file bankruptcy, found clues he was cheating on me, anything you can imagine. So, PLEASE be tough & set strict boundaries with him now & please don’t let it get to the point I did. The recovery from that for me was very long & expensive. Be careful of the threats, as that is how he may be testing his limits. I became numb to those things, those words & threats became such a normal part of my day I began to get used to them until a friend had to snap my mind back into reality. I became very co-dependent living like that, too, basing my feelings on how I was treated each day. Feel free to e-mail me directly if you want or need to talk. But prayer & counseling would be my advice & to follow your heart. I can’t change the past but I learned from it & will never allow that in my life again or in my kids’ lives. I will keep you all in my prayers as well.

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David Peach October 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Dana, I am sorry that you are going through this. I am glad to know you are interested in getting into church. Talk with your pastor about getting some counseling, even if your husband does not want to go to counseling himself. If your pastor cannot give you the help you need, he can probably suggest someone who can help.

As far as cleansing your house with blessed oil, I would say there is nothing more powerful than the Spirit of God. Skip the oil and go to the source of the power over Satan. Pray that God will protect you and your family and that His Spirit will be with you and guide you. If none of this makes sense then talk with a local pastor of a good Bible believing church. He will certainly be able to help.

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Eugene October 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

A helpful write-up capable of steering one away from addiction if approached with a contrite heart. It should be read often, may be once a week or twice a month for reinforcement.

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phyllis October 29, 2012 at 1:28 am

I think am an addict to alcohol i don’t drink everyday but on weekends only. when i start drinking on Friday i drink till Sunday without sleeping. i feel so bad later because am financial not stable i am into debts due to this drinking habit. what can i do i need to change since am losing my friends and family. please help me

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David Peach November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Phyllis, I would first recommend that you seek out a good church to help start building a network of friends who can help you and so that you can get godly counseling. It is wonderful that many churches now have drug and alcohol rehab programs that meet weekly.

You probably already know this, but there is nothing good that can come out of alcohol. It is best to ask the Lord to help you leave it before it completely destroys your life.

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nickolas shaw December 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

1john 1;8 says if we confess our sins,he is faithful and just to forgive our sins,and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.O.K.we are forgiven for the sins.But we still have to pay for the consequences. GALATIANS 6:7Be not deceived;God is not mocked:for whatsoever a man soweth,that he also shall reap.

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nofearinhim March 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

1 John 1:9 actually.

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Justme December 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I have been, like many others, dealing with this sinful nature everyday. I repeat the behavior, feel guilty, beg God for forgiveness and then ulitmately I accept it and move on until the cycle starts over. Even while I am being tempted, before sinning, I beg God to remove it from my thoughts, and to intervene and prevent it. I beg Him to take this away from me! I am committing this sin in private (I called a prayer line this morning for help, but nobody else knows). I promised God that if I committ this sin again, I give Him permission to reveal it to the world. Of course, that thought almost made me stop, but then I begged for His forgiveness while I did it once again. This is insane behavior and it is making me crazy! Will God do that? Will He reveal my secret? It could ruin my life. I am so scared now. I don’t understand why this wasn’t enough to stop me before I did it. Someone please help me!

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Matt December 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

Im a heroin addict looking for sobriety. Have always been a believer and this gave me some insperation for the day!!!!!

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larry January 16, 2013 at 12:21 am

I appreciate the 15 verses for overcoming additions.because i been dealing with this alcoholism for about 15 years off and on with my relapses.i will do good one season ,then all of a sudden i fall prey to the desire and it keeps me bond longer than i wish.

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ken January 20, 2013 at 7:32 am

i struggle with alcohol and sexual addiction and right now i am feeling depressed because i continue to fail.i know it takes time to overcome but sometimes i feel GOD is giving up on me and i know deep down its not true but i give in to my thoughts.i have been alcohol free for about 3 weeks and have no desire to drink.i am in a great course called setting captives free for both addictions but i can only do one course at a time,right now i am on the drinking one,and cannot wait to start the sexual one.but i need prayer to understand how to give it to GOD and know i can’t do it.i am weak and need strength also prayer for healing body,soul and spirit. thanks

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Jack Wellman January 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thank you Ken for your comment. We have an article that addresses this very issue. It is called “How Can I Overcome Addiction in and Sin in My Life” at the link below.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

Then, we also have an article called “How to Overcome an Addiction to Pornography: Help for Struggling Christians.” Both of these articles give practical steps of counsel based upon biblical principles. I pray they help you Ken.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/

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Williams March 13, 2013 at 1:52 am

Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will help you. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

This was the first bible verse that I ever memorized. I recite it in my head to combat anxiety, sadness, and trouble. Beautiful verse. I am struggling with marijuana addiction and am praying for healing.
Another:
proverbs 3:5-7
“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”

These bring me great hope and I did not see them posted. God bless

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Johnny March 14, 2013 at 5:31 am

Hi, I really struggle with sexual addiction, I know CHRIST as my savior and know my behavior hurts HIM a lot, but this addiction really makes my life miserable, there are days when i have longed for death but most of the time I pray and plead with JESUS to come back soon so that I can go to be with HIM and i will not have to fight sin anymore, please I beg you to pray for me, I want to have victory, its not that i dont know HIS WORD but its just that i have ben struggling for a long time unable to accept myself please please PLEASE pray for me its only through prayer to the Living GOD and LORD JESUS CHRIST that i can overcome this,
thank you

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Johnny March 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

by saying sexual addiction i dont mean i have sex but pornography is what i struggle with please pray please, I’m desperate to be victorious

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yamkela April 3, 2013 at 2:52 am

I dnt knw whr 2 start I feel honored 2 cm acrss ths addiction avide site I am, cause im strangling 2 stop sexual immorality I been trying and praying ever since I started 2 welcome Jesus my saviour in my life and believe me im stil tryin evn on ths day I snt ths request. I started 2 b saved 2011 bt stil I dnt feel my self in spirit fully because of ths habit plz trtell me hw 2 receive a full strength , hw 2 stay on the right path 4 good cause I rily wnt 2 wth all my heart.

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amekudaniel June 3, 2013 at 7:18 am

God has a plane for every one of us.

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Vicki June 18, 2013 at 8:17 am

I have a niece 21 years old she has two children, my family just recently found out she’s using drugs. Here children were taken away from her, I’m so disappointed about this. She is now in jail. There’s a part of me that can’t even begin to pray I’m so lost for words.Would you help me to find scriptures in the word that’s encouraging and comforting during this trying time.

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Anonymous June 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hi. I am a teenage boy that did repent of sexual sin. (At least I thought I did). Recently I have relapsed. I need help understanding because I feel like we don’t completley fight the battle versus sin but we ask God to do so. But in all the Christian articles I’ve been reading it makes it seem like its more of a fight on our own. I feel like like I am very weak in the face of sin and I keep praying that I can learn to hate my sin and that I can have better faith in Jesus Christ and be set free but, I still fail and I feel like its my weakness and lack of faith when satan tempts me.

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jessica August 17, 2013 at 3:07 am

hello im having the same kind of problems fighting addication.I myself just got out of prison in sept.2012.When i first got out i did really good. I was good at being strong an saying no to hanging out with old friends. A couple months later I lost control First I started drinking then using.Now iam lieing all the time no matter how hard i try i cant stop i have no control over my mind. I feel quilty after words and i pray an ask for forgivenes.Then i turn around and do it agian.I have a 9 year old son that i dont want to be taken away from agian.I dont know what to do ive prayed and ask the lord to take this temptation away for me i dont have the power to say no.I go to counseoling its not helping.I dont want to go back to prison and i know if i dont stop its just a matter of time.I have in the past tryed to read my bible I am so ashemed because mos of the time i dont understand it. I have even tryed a new believers bible. What can and should i do i want controll of my mind and my life back.

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Anonymous August 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hi,
First and foremost Jessica what I want you to do is break free from your addictions. There is a great Christian site out ther called setting captives free that God led me to. They will set you up with a mentor who you can talk to and bring you through a course on how to repent (stop doing sin) http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/courses/topics/substance-abuse/ Second of all it is vital you learn to understand your bible here is just one web page I found that could help,
http://www.ucg.org/booklet/how-understand-bible/ another thing you have to do to get the most out of your bible is meditate on it, here’s how you do it http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2012/02/how-can-you-meditate-on-gods-word/
Alright lastly I need you to break off the relationship you have with those friends that is the most important thing you can do, they are the ones influencing your desicions. I know it’s going to be really hard but I think if you start to seperate yourself little by little by little you can eventually break off of that relationships. In the place of those relationships I want you to find a good biblical based church and start forming relationships there, and maybe talk to the pastor about your situation. Bring your son to church too. Alright Jessica I know this was a lot of information :-). And I know this is going to be a big change to your lifestyle but Jesus said that ” In order to save your life (go to heaven) one must lose their life for me. (Change your life and do things that you would not do if there wasn’t a God). And the most worrying thing for me, is your son. If you don’t change your life he’s going to do exactly what your doing now! Some kids even get worse. I know you love your son and want the best for him, Jessica if you don’t change your life for the good neither will he. I want that to be your motivation for this change of lifestyle, on top of that the greatest motivation in all the universe is to know the creator of the universe, God! He loves you so much more than you can ever imagine and he hates to see you suffering this way and wants to change you but you must lose your life for him first. I am going to pray for you, God bless you I hope this helps. :-).

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Jack Wellman August 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hello Jessica. The good news is that you want to break this cycle of sin, confession and repentance, and the truth is what you said….you can not. You must rely on God’s power to overcome this. Have you spoken with your pastor? What did he say? That would be a strong suggestion to begin with. There are also great Christian based programs. You can also find an accountability partner. On more about how to overcome this addiction, I suggest you check out this Scripture-filled and step by step process on how to do it at the below link in this comment.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

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Elizabeth October 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I am the mother of two meth addict sons .. Last year I was able to send one to a Christian rehab home and he was doing great but after 5 months he quit and returned to drugs .. My youngest son was once a youth minister and he also quit the church and is now a child of the night .. Walking the streets all night and asleep during the day .. That is sleep catches up with him after a few days of no sleep at all .. They both have recently gone to jail and both are now on formal probation for 3 years.. I cry and pray everyday at all hours for there safety and salvation.. My heart is so broken and so afraid of what can happen to them, especially to the youngest one who is only 21.. Their addictions have caused them to lie, cheat, steal and hurt all who loves them.. The rest of the family have completely disowned them and now have lock and keys in every door in fear of being robbed by my sons.. I am living in hell and praying so much for intervention from God to return my sons to the church .. That their addictions might one day serve as a testimony for the salvation of others .. I beg of all my brothers and sisters in Christ to help me in prayer for my sons Jonathan and Reñe Jr..

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Anonymous October 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Hi Elizabeth,
Your situation has moved me and I just would like to share with you some encouraging things… A while back I remember reading a testimony about a woman who’s son had turned to a cocaine addiction and was roaming the streets away from home. This woman was worried sick and prayed day and night for her son, she prayed for months upon months, until one day her son had gotten run over by a car. The son was on the brink of death (and if I remember right he was in a coma). In his coma he found himself in hell with demons all around him. His mother was praying over his current state nonstop. The son all of a sudden say a giant hand of light reach down and snatch him out of the pit of hell. Because of his mothers prayers God saved him! So I guess what I would like to say is, don’t give up! Pray and pray and don’t give God rest until he brings your sons home. God does hear your prayers! He promised he would! I am going to pray for you sister and I hope everyone else who sees this will too. Please post another comment if anything happens! :). The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:17, 18 NIV)

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anonymous October 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I have being carrying an addiction for some time now that it is taking over my life instead of going out in fornicate with anyone so I start masturbating so I wouldn’t feel bad from sleeping around like a lot of people do I Never was like that but what scripture or what can I do biblical to be delivered from this I am ashamed and fat out I tired of doing this because I know it wrong thank in advance at whoever can lead me biblical straight from that holy bible I hating to disappoint god with doing this

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Jack Wellman October 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hello Anonymous…let me tell you that we have an article just for you that might be of great help. First off, let me say that God never gives up on us and His love never fails to take that to heart. Please read this my friend and see if it helps you at this link:http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/

In the meantime, praying for you my friend.

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Alan December 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

My name is Alan and im a ex drug user I’ve started very young (age 15). I’ve struggled and suffered I’ve been to 7 rehab centers worldwide my parents spent over 20,000 on my treatment all my youth i was looking for a formula that would set me free! I knew how the addiction works physically,mentally,sociology for me it was a big giant that came to in my life that i thought i needed to fight. being in rehab i was reading THE BIBLE i realized that i don’t have a problem i am the problem! then i got into reading Lukas gospel where Jesus would heal people and set them free. I got down on my knees and repented for my sins and believed in the biggest Doctor of all times Jesus Christ. MY LORD! why i shared this is that being a addict i thought that my addiction was so big and it was big but the blood of Jesus is so much stronger then any sin. under his wing i am safe and forgiven. My dear friends if you are struggling with an addiction in your life don’t try to fight it yourself its pointless. Come to Jesus he is much more bigger and real then you think:))

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Brandon January 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

My name is Brandon and I have a terrible addiction to porn. Every time that I feel like I have overcome it, I relapse and it takes days to get back to full strength. I pray every single day and I have full faith that God will heal me. I guess what I am asking for is for some prayers for me. I am an engaged man which makes this even worse. I feel like this is not only ruining my relationship with God but with my fiancé as well. Please can someone give me some guidence and support.

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Jack Wellman January 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Please Brandon, read this article at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/ because it gives practical steps and application for you to follow if you really want to count the cost and are willing to do whatever is necessary. It can destroy relationships, marriages, and cause adultery to occur, even if it is lusting in the heart, which Jesus says is the same thing as adultery. Read this link in this comment and follow it, no matter what the cost.

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Neil August 8, 2014 at 5:49 am

Hello, I had 3 years of soberity from prescription drugs and alcohol up til I relapsed in march of this year. Since then I’ve weaved back and forth of sober and not sober and have not am mounted any substantial clean time. I am on day four right now and I needed some encouraging verses to get me on my way for today, thank you very much for posting this and please pray for me, I am struggling with getting the devils evil voice out of my head as he keeps telling me to do it one more time.

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