How To Stop Smoking
I am trying to find guidance and help from fellow Christians. I have been saved since December 28, 2008, but I am having an issue with smoking. I ask God to take away my desire, but I need advice on how to ask where I do not sound selfish. Advice...please?
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---Terrian on 5/7/09
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Stop buying them.
Win that battle through prayer and you won't be able to smoke.
---Pharisee on 5/13/09|
Take it from an experienced Alcoholic, the only way to stop something is to stop. I have tried every marketed method to try to stop drinking, the only thing that seems to work is to just stop. Nobody ever forced me to take a drink and I doubt that anyone ever forced a cigarrette into your mouth. I will pray for you and I wish you the absolute best in your struggle. My advice is not easy but it is simple, just stop.
---TIMOTHY on 5/12/09|
Don ... You know that in most cases that does not happen.
Don't forget, even Jesus said "Nevetheless, not My will, but Thine"
---alan8566_of_UK on 5/12/09|
Is there any among you that is afflicted? Let him come before the elders of the church and let them pray and they shall be healed and sins forgiven.
---Don on 5/12/09|
30 years ago when my wife and I were 2 pack a day smokers we quit cold turkey and never looked back. It was difficult. At that time my wife was not saved and I was, but I was out living like the world, not giving God much of any time in my life. Isn't it amazing how a couple of heathens quit smoking without drugs or any other help. We never even asked God to help us. And yet we quit. It's a wonder to me how people who are saved and are living for the Lord can't do this and the heathens did. Does this explain the verse that says "a form of Godliness, but denying it's power?"
I believe that the power to quit smoking is in everyone. You just need to make the decision. Obviously, with God, sucess should be inevitable.
---john on 5/11/09|
I agree completely with Vicki. I can not think of one thing that I have, through my own force of will, deliberately given up since the Father drew me to Himself. Yet there are vast number of things that I use to do, that I simply do not do anymore,"Not by might, nor by power, but by [His] spirit". If quitting is truly your desire, and that desire stems from the Father, as Vicki so appropriately puts it, "Pretty soon, you'll be wondering why you don't want to smoke anymore". The Father will lead you to your place in Him, and will empower you to follow. Again, to quote Vicki "Focus on your relationship with the Lord." " Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth."
---Josef on 5/11/09|
It is not selfish to pray for God's Help. Especially concerning an addiction. Call on Him day and night. He will hear your cries and He will answer them.
But I also would advise you getting out and doing things, because if you constantly focus on the problem, it might not help the problem.
---amand6348 on 5/10/09|
Examine your reasons for wanting to quit. Did someone tell you you can't now that you're a Christian or do you sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit when you smoke, telling you its not such a good thing to do anymore? Don't focus on stopping. Focus on your relationship with the Lord. The more the good comes in, the more the bad stuff goes out. The Lord will let you know when you're both ready to stop. Pretty soon, you'll be wondering why you don't want to smoke anymore, or you'll light up, take a hit and put it right out again. Nic is very addicting, so some healing needs to take place in your system too. Be good to yourself and don't feel condemned if it takes longer than you want.
---Vicki on 5/9/09|
I know people who have quit with the patch and with Chantix. Do not be ashamed to ask your doctor for help. Nicotine is the most addictive drug there is, and giving it up is extremely difficult. Ask a medical professional for help with this, just as a person with any other addiction should. God will do His part. He gave us doctors for just this reason.
---Trish9863 on 5/7/09|
If you don't buy anymore, you would not smoke anymore. My husband was delivered by the Lord from 2-1/2 packs a day years ago. But, he first had to put them down and not pick them back up. Forget patches, medicine, etc. Just put them down.
---SusieB on 5/7/09|
I know several people that God has miraculously delivered from substance abuse including smoking and I know several people that God did not miraculously deliver. Who knows the mind of God?
He may not miraculously deliver you. Seek His guidance on what He wants you to do, not on what you want Him to do.
If He continues to convict you of quitting, you need to take action. I would recommend seeking out a christian-based freedom from addiction course. In many of these courses you will learn Scripture about freedom through Christ, how He wants you to live your life, choices you have in Christ, and how to walk free of sin. Many things a new believer needs to know.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/7/09|
God doesn't take anything away from you that you don't surrender to him first.
Use the patch or some type of substitute for your addiction. Stay in the anointing of God by staying in His word, believing that God causes all things to work together for Good to them that love him, to those who are called according to His Purpose.
Tell God, "God I want to quit smoking, but realize I'm addicted, will you help me do this?" Cry this out every day until God divinely intervenes.
---donna8365 on 5/7/09|
30 years ago my wife and I were facing the exact situation you are. There are programs and all kinds of medical helps out there but we dicided to just quit and that was all. We made the decision without a possibility of failure and we stuck to it. Neither one of us has had a puff since. It's really up tp you whether you are fed up with yourself enough to make a solid decision with no turn backs. God bless you. He will help you do this.
---john on 5/7/09|