Recently one person, told me “I smoke 40 a day, I feel miserable, health wise I am coughing like an old man, my money is draining away, I need to stop”
I asked him why is he not stopping to which he replied “I have tried everything but I cannot seem to stop, it is related to my work, whenever I work I have to smoke. If I give up work I can stop. But I have some good news, a friend told me about a book which has a 99% success rate, so I want to buy the book and read it, it is written by a smoker who gave up using a practical method and I am sure it will work”
This person sadly was an atheist, I told him “Do you want to try my method which is Jesus” he said “I don’t believe in a God, for me to believe in God, I need to see a proof that God exists, then I will believe, then I will try the Jesus method”
I told him “Well whatever you do, remember the solution is from within not from outside “
That he seemed to agree fervently
Why are so many people bound by smoking today and yet they are unable to quit, permanently!
The person KNOWS it is bad, which is one of the reasons you are reading this article (for a friend or for yourself) but you just cannot give up
St Paul puts this into perspective in Romans
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
NIV Version explains better
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
Smoking is an internal sickness; it is a psychological unexplainable desire, a want, which comes from your inner man. At times this want may subside, especially after smoking heavily or towards the end of the day. Towards morning or after meals or after lapses of quitting the need becomes so strong and over whelming that you cannot stay away anymore.
The problem is all inside. Nothing is out. You cannot see anything, you only feel it within.
You were not born smoking; you were not brought up smoking? It was rejected even in your family. I had a doctor who said to me “if smoking and drinking was good, your mother would have packed it when you were going to primary school in the morning”
Hence, you did live without it? But somewhere it came into you and today it has taken control of you.
Therefore if you did live without you can live without it AGAIN
It is a matter of just giving up
But how do I give up?It is such a wretched thing even trying
St Paul continues in Romans as
Rom 7:24 “O wretched man that I am!…
Is there a way out? The latter part of the verse
…who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
Yes there is!
As the problem lies within the answer also lies within
Lot of people don’t understand this and the try in vain
Every external attempt you make, it is like an animal trapped in a steel cage trying to free itself. It just will not work.
The trapper(Satan) only will look and mock and let the person try, struggle, bash the head against but nothing will give permanent freedom
The deliverer (Jesus) looks with sympathy and says if only this person asks me I will deliver.
As the author of this article, I myself was addicted to smoking once
Only Jesus saved me, I tried everything from eating to drinking water to anti-smoking patches but nothing worked. After a few weeks you are back to where you started. Sometime even worse than where you were when you quit, like sort of catching up!
HOW TO GET OUT OF IT?
This is the practical part of the article
You cannot do this yourself, not even an ounce of you energy will help you quit.
This is what you have to do
First admit it to yourself that you cannot do this anymore, admit to yourself that you are sick and tired of this misery and that you want a way out.
If you are a Non-Christian
If you do not believe in Christ Jesus, believe in Him!
Believe that he is a living person who hears and listens to every word you say and that he CAN and WILL help you
Explain your problem to him like a friend, close the doors and seclude yourself and explain your problem and ask Jesus to help you
If you are a Christian
Examine your life for any sins and ask forgiveness from God. Cry out to him and say I cannot take this anymore and that you want deliverance.
Jesus already quit your habit at the Cross, hence why have you brought this upon yourself? It is like a paid loan being repaid all over again.
Cry to him and ask for deliverance!
Both Christians and Non-Christians have to follow the rest of the article
Daily in the morning pray for 2 minutes and in the night pray for 2 minutes
“Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you died for me and my sins, I believe on the third day you rose up into heaven, where you are the King of Kings and you live and reign today. I believe that you are listening to my prayer right now. Please Lord Jesus, help me remove my sinful habit of smoking, I don’t want to do it anymore but I cannot stop either, only you can help me. I believe you.”
Take a glass of water, say blood of Jesus 3 times and drink it.
Follow this continuously, morning and evening.
When you start doing this, nothing is going to fall from heaven or you will not wake up one day without a need for smoking or you will not hit your head on something and think anew.
But Jesus will start working in your life in an unseen and mysterious way
He will use people, circumstances, events, happenings to fashion your inner most being to solve the problem and defeat the demon
That is a very individual thing and each person he deals differently. It is a personal one of one remedy which he will provide.
I cannot go into detail about that here… That only our Heavenly Father knows…
Some of you may think this is silly, there is nothing tangible here; well look at it this way, what do you have to loose, money? Only four minutes a day and little faith is needed! So if it works it will save you years of longevity and tons of money and trouble.
So please have an open heart, I can assure it will work ONLY if you believe and follow the above
Once you try it whole heartedly and once it works – please share your testimony here!
God Bless you