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I am struggling to give up smoking. I don't feel strong enough to stop. Can God help me kick the habit?
Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling to quit smoking. I wish to make it very clear that it is important and in your interest to go and see your doctor. They will be able to give you clear medical advice regarding your situation and to advise practical ways of quitting.
The bible does not directly talk about smoking. However, the bible gives us principles for us to follow regarding our health.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-2). These verses tell us that Christ died for us; that our bodies, our lives were bought with the heavy price of Jesus’ death and saved through his resurrection. For this reason, it is important that on every occasion we praise God through our bodies.
1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. This verse is a powerful one, because it covers all the things we do, and in whatever we do, we should do it to the glory of God. I must ask:
Is smoking glorifying to God? Does it give praise to him?
If not, then let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).
In regard to temptation and sin, a verse that can encourage you is 1 Corinthians 10:13, when it tells us that no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. This means that when you are tempted to sin you have the ability to simply say ‘no’ and reject it.
The phrase “I just can’t help it”, is not in the bible, but it says that God 'will provide a way of escape'. He is ready to help you if you mean it!
We believe that you can have victory over all your temptations through the power of Christ. It isn’t just God’s responsibility to deliver you, it is also a choice that you must make to accept his deliverance when it is provided. God’s word mentions this when it tells us that we destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
When you get a negative thought in your mind, take hold of it and make it submit to Christ. This could be through praying against it, through worship or reading the bible, or some other way to make sure that you proclaim God higher than the negative thoughts. It may feel as though the thought is more powerful than the prayer, but I have good news:
God is more powerful than the thought, and by walking in his way, we believe He can help you and deliver you from your temptations.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Romans 6:13-14
- 2 Timothy 1:7
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