Addictions often feel like they control our lives and are difficult to break. At times, it feels like an endless cycle of wanting to quit, maybe even finding relief, then returning to the habit and feeling worthless and being overwhelmed with the shame of not being able to stop. This cycle puts a strain on ourselves, loved ones and our relationship with God. This also leads to a lack of peace and joy. Only through God can we find and experience true rest and peace.
Whatever your addiction, it is a learned behavior and the good news is you can change it. It is easy to forget that we don’t have to go through this world alone. God is always there to provide relief when we need it most. God can help transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
The key to learning a new way to handle anything is in changing the way you think. If you want to change the way you act, you don’t focus on the behavior or how you feel. You start by changing the way you think. When you change your mental process, it’s going to change the way you feel, and it’s going to change your behavior. You will be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” God is able to work most beautifully in the lives of those who are most broken as it reflects his glory even more. We encourage you to change your thinking, give your addiction to God, and pursue Him.