Posted by: Arden Compton | August 6, 2013

Willpower in addiction

Most people who only use willpower in overcoming addiction fail. Hopefully you have read the post called “Why you can’t stop once you start” In this we see that there are other entities playing a role in the addictive cravings. They never seem to give up trying to sabotage us. If a person simply muscles through a craving, given that these spirits are not going to give up, soon they are hit with another craving. After a while the person gets tired of fighting the craving, they feel the only way to be free to of the craving is to give into it. This is exactly what these spirits want us to think. As I empower people with the right Christ-centered tools, when they are hit with a craving, usually dismissing the spirits contributing to the craving will almost entirely remove the craving. Willpower isn’t the key. It takes commitment to addressing the craving the right way every time.

I was recently visiting with a man who reported to me that he was doing much better with his pornography problem since he started working with me. In the course of our conversation he mentioned how he was a “recovering alcoholic.” I encouraged him to stop viewing himself as a recovering alcoholic, but as a recovered alcoholic. I know many people think it is heresy for me to say that an addict can completely heal, but to say otherwise is to limit the power of God. With God all things are possible. I asked him if he still ever felt a desire for alcohol (he has been sober about 8 years). He mentioned there were times when his wife had a glass of wine that is smelled nice and there was some desire, but not significant. We were visiting on phone, and he was at his home. I asked him if he could get a small glass of wine and see if the smell had any pull to it.  He said it just smelled nice. I asked him to put “how nice” the smell was on a scale of 0-10, 10 meaning he really loved the smell. He guessed at about a 7 or 8. I then coached him through the Christ centered script commanding any spirits to leave who had played a role in his addiction to leave, and any spirits who were waiting for an opportunity to use his body to experience alcohol to leave, and any spirits that were hoping to destroy his life with alcohol, and any spirits who were contributing to the alcohol smelling nice to leave. This took about 20 seconds. I wasn’t sure what the response would be, but I asked him to smell the wine again and see if it smelled just as nice, or any different. He immediately said there was a change, and then he was at a loss for words. He eventually let me know that the wine had almost to smell now, and he was dumbfounded at the change in the smell. We did one round of EFT on the smell, and the smell had no appeal at all. he kept saying, “this is so weird!”  I said, “Is it a good weird?” He laughed and said that it was very good.

I share that with you because even though he hadn’t had a drink in 8 years, even though he felt it was through the power of God that he had overcome his addiction to alcohol, he wasn’t completely free, he wasn’t as free as he could be from it. The same thing happens to people seeking to break free from the chains of pornography. These spirits don’t seem to mind waiting around for years, hoping to have an opportunity to use us or sabotage us. Don’t cut them any slack. Use Christ’s name to dismiss them, use his power to free yourself from addiction! You do need to use willpower in making good choices, but simply using willpower to stay clean will never bring the complete freedom that Jesus Christ can bring you. I have seen it over and over again.

God bless you!

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