I can do everything though Him who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13Beating an addiction is truly hard. It takes effort each and every day to make the right choices. To choose to not fall into the old way of life. let's face it - old habits are hard to break. But it can be done.
Then I think about our Creator. He made everything we see - people, animals, the sky, grass, and well everything. He made the brains we have to be able to figure out how the human body works or how to create amazing technology.
He could have made us so that we were perfect..but he didn't. God gave us free will to make the choice to have a relationship with Him. And when we choose our addiction, we are choosing that god rather than The God. But just as we have free will to choose to drink, do drugs, overeat, watch porn, over shop, and more, we have the free will to also choose to not to.
Yes, our brains is filled with chemicals that make us feel good when we do these things. But we can also retrain our brains. How? By following programs such as Celebrate Recovery or a 12 step - working with counselors, interacting with people who have walked this journey.
But also, and most importantly, by asking God to give us the strength. And I'm not talking will power either. I'm talking about the ability to live a life that is pleasing to God in all that you do. Today's verse is a short one but one filled with promise.