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Overcome Addiction through the Power of Christ

John 8:36

if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


Addiction is a devastating and all-consuming force that has the power to destroy lives, families, and communities. It is a battle that many of us have faced, either personally or through the experiences of loved ones. As Christians, we are not immune to the temptations and struggles of addiction. But we have a powerful ally in our fight against this enemy: the Lord Jesus Christ. We will now explore how we can overcome addiction through the power of Christ and the support of our church.


The Struggle with Addiction

The struggle with addiction is a deeply personal and often isolating experience. It's easy to feel as though we are alone in our battle, that no one else could understand the pain and anguish we face each day. But we are not alone. The Bible tells us we have a loving and compassionate God who understands our struggles and is always ready to help us.

Hebrews 4:15-16

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy & find grace to help us in our time of need.


Jesus, our Saviour, and High Priest, knows firsthand the temptations and challenges we face. He is not a distant and unfeeling deity; He is a loving and compassionate Saviour who longs to walk with us through our darkest moments and lead us into the light of His love and grace.


The Power of Christ

The power of Christ to overcome addiction is not just a pleasant idea or a comforting thought; it is a life-changing reality countless believers have experienced. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus can break the chains of addiction & set us free to live the abundant life as He has promised.

But how do we access this power: the life-transforming grace that Jesus offers to those who are trapped in the grip of addiction? The answer lies in surrendering our lives to Christ and allowing Him to work in and through us. This means admitting that we are powerless to overcome our addiction on our own and trusting Jesus to do for us that which we cannot do for ourselves:

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


As we surrender our lives to Christ and draw near to Him in prayer, worship, and the study of His Word, we will experience the power of His Spirit at work in us, transforming our desires and enabling us to resist temptation and walk in victory.

The Role of the Church

The church plays a vital role in supporting and encouraging those who are struggling with addiction. As the body of Christ, we are called to bear one another's burdens and to help each other grow in faith and holiness:

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ.


This means that we must walk alongside our brothers and sisters who are struggling with addiction, offering them the love, support, and accountability they need to overcome. This may involve taking part in a recovery group, offering a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, or simply being present and available to those who are hurting.

We must also be willing to confront the sin of addiction in our own lives and in the lives of those we love. This requires courage & humility, as well as deep commitment to the truth of God's Word:


Galatians 6:1

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.


As we seek to help others overcome addiction, we must also be vigilant against the temptations that may come our way. We must rely on the power of Christ to keep us strong and to enable us to be effective instruments of His grace in the lives of those we serve.

Overcoming addiction is not an easy or quick process, but it is possible through the power of Christ and the support of a loving and committed faith community. As we surrender our lives to Jesus and allow Him to work in and through us, we can experience the freedom and victory that He has promised. And as we walk alongside our brothers and sisters who are struggling with addiction, we can be a powerful force for healing, hope, and transformation in their lives. May we never forget that our God is greater than any addiction, and that through Him, all things are possible.