Breaking free from anything is hard enough… But learning how to stay free when you get free is even a harder task to overcome.
So, you’re probably asking yourself what makes me such an expert on this topic?
Well, my friend that’s a good question to be asking yourself at this time… especially if you are struggling with any type of addictions.
To cut to the chase is that– I too have struggled with several addictions in my life.
And the thing is it has been all the while that I have been a Christian.
I’m not sure if you are a professing believer and follower of Jesus Christ or not?
But what I do know is that if it had not been for him I wouldn’t be free today.
Knowing that it was the Lord that made me free makes me the expert that I am on this subject.
So, if you would please hang out with me for a little while longer… Maybe something in this article can start you down the path to freedom.
Or maybe it’s not for you and it’s someone else that could use some much-needed help with getting free and staying free.
Nevertheless, help could be just a few words away.
So, now that you know about the “who” that made me free. I guess it’s safe to say that you want to know the how I was made free…huh?
I will get to that in just a moment…but first, let me give you a little background on where the problems started. Okay?
Most Addictions Begin Early In Life.
Statistics show that most people that are struggling with addictions start using at an early age.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people are likely to begin abusing drugs– including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs– during adolescence and young adulthood.
There are many reasons why some of us choose to experience alcoholic beverages and drugs.
The average adolescent is wired to try new things and take risks that we as adults can’t fathom.
With that said let’s look at a few of the reasons…
Why I and Other Youths Choose Drugs?
1. Adolescents are looking for a new experience.
2. They could be searching for Identity.
3. Sometimes it’s the available access to the drugs in their own neighborhoods.
4. They could be exposed to them by close friends or even at the schools that they attend.
5. Let’s not forget about the home and family environment can also be a factor.
There are several reasons why a child can turn to drugs in the home– beginning with drug use of a parent or older siblings–it could be physical or emotional abuse and even mental illness.
6. Inherited genetic vulnerability
7. The false belief that drugs are “super cool” or harmless makes it highly likely that a young person will use drugs.
An adolescent brain is commonly compared to a fully functional gas pedal (the system of reward) yet having a very poor braking system ( no self-control).
When thinking about the reason why some of us may turn to alcohol and drug use the main reasons that resonate with me is…
Having an identity crisis and thinking that drugs and alcohol made me cool.
Drugs and alcohol use is not cool… And I learned that my identity is hidden in Christ.
More on that in another article. But for now, let’s talk more about…
The Process of Getting Free
Sometimes God delivers us instantly and sometimes Deliverance is through a process.
I consider that being delivered from a besetting sin or from some type of bondage as a miracle.
And it’s no small miracle I might add.
And I believe that the reason it is through a process sometimes is that God is trying to show us something about ourselves that we are not seeing.
Or maybe something about himself that we fail to recognize as well.
God delivered me from the bondage of alcohol, drugs and smoking cigarettes several times… But I chose to pick those disgusting habits up again several times as well.
I am glad to say that I am free at last…Thank God Almighty, I am free at last. –MLK
The Secret To My Freedom and Yours.
The secret to my freedom and the secret to your freedom is probably not what you think.
It’s something that presents itself to you and me on a daily basis. Yet it eludes us because more often than not we don’t recognize it.
So, what are we missing? I’m glad you asked because that’s similar to the question that God granted me the grace to ask him.
Let me share with you what I asked…
I asked God, why did I keep falling in and out of fellowship with him?
These are the words that he spoke into my spirit.
God said… Felton, my son it’s because of love. I said to him… Love?
God then responded… Yes, it’s the love factor. He then began to tell me that until I learn to love him with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength, I would keep falling out of fellowship.with him.
So I began to pray…
The Prayer of Love.
This, my friend, is the secret to getting free and staying free.
The prayer of love is the best prayer that anyone that is a Christian can ever pray.
The love factor is the prayer that will change your life and your relationship with the Lord forever.
It’s also a prayer that will change your relationship with yourself and others as well.
You see I discovered something else about loving God.
Would you like to know what I discovered?
Well, if so here it is… I discovered that until I learned how to love God properly, that I would never learn how to love myself or others the right way either.
So here it is, in a nutshell, my friend. If you want to be free it’s going to take love. But not just God’s love for you.
It will have to be your God-given ability to love God with all of your Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.
Oh, and one more thing… before you can receive this gift or in order to get this gift — you have to ask for it…