YOU and I CAN HAVE VICTORY
We're Pastor Robert and my wife, Mary, Kuiphoff
I will begin with my personal 20 year addiction to smoking beginning at ten (10) years of age until I was 30 years old:
When I was 10-years old I began working for a neighboring farmer and I was paid $2.43 per week, a carton of Camel (non-filtered) cigarettes and all of the pop (soda) I wanted to drink.
When I was married at 21-years of age I was a two pack a day smoker. One day at work I met an individual that I had wanted to witness to about Christ for a very long time but never had the opportunity to do so. Because there was no one near us I said, “XXXXX, can I tell you about Jesus?” He looked at me and said, “Bob, I can smell your Jesus! Leave me alone.” Previously I had attempted to quit many times and, for sure, three times. All three times that my wife was pregnant I quit smoking. She delivered by cesarean birth so when she went into surgery I would go to a vending machine and purchase a pack of cigarettes. When she came back to her room with our new son I would already be smoking.
The man at work floored me with his remark and I simply could not get it out of my mind that a man might go to Hell because I smoked. I was 30 years old at that time, had been married 9 years, had three sons and was a 1-pack to 2-pack a day smoker. When I was 42 I had a coughing jag and thought I was going to choke to death. A huge amount of phlegm was stuck in my lungs and I was running out of air and energy to get it out. I gave one last cough and literally filled my handkerchief with a hand full of black tar. It took 12 years for my lungs to clear. I’ve not had cancer but my wife had her upper left lobe removed due to – my 2nd hand smoke because she had lived with my smoking for over nine years.
God’s sure results for quitting addictions and bad or disruptive habits:
The first mistake Christians make is assuming that by saying to the Lord, “Lord, I’m sorry, I smoke” or “Lord, please, I want to quit smoking,” or “Lord, please help me to quit smoking” that this is a confession to our Lord about a sin and that by quoting and believing 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” quitting is now going to be accomplished.
I said it is the first mistake because, though smoking certainly is sinful -- 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” and 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” – smoking isn’t the root sin.
Smoking is simply THE OUTWARD EVIDENCE TO EVERYONE OF THE INNER ROOT SIN WITHIN A CHRISTIAN. THAT ROOT SIN IS “WILLFULLY DISOBEYING GOD’S COMMAND TO NOT DEFILE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, OUR BODY”.
What isn’t taught concerning 1 John 1:9 is that the sin to be confessed is the “root sin” and not simply the outward evidence of the root sin? When an individual says, “please help me to quit xxxxx,” what they are really desiring is the “to cleanse them from the unrighteousness”.
Step one is to acknowledge that we have a sin, i.e., I smoke.
Step two is to acknowledge and confess that my root sin is, “I willfully sin against a command of our Lord.”
To have victory, which is cleansing and forgiveness, we must have repentance, correct? And repentance means to stop the sin, any sin.
Step three is stopping the sin. Whoa, stop smoking, drinking, drugs, lust, sex, cursing and the “sin” list can go on unto infinity.
Question, how do we stop?
Recognize the real problem, “I am
addicted and have become a slave to a Satanic
Romans 6:16, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
Romans 6:16 reveals and explains to the believer what is known as an “addiction”, an addiction to a sin / Satan. This doesn’t mean that the Christian has lost his salvation or that Satin indwells the believer, it means that the Christian has given an aspect of his being to Satan’s influence and / or control and has lost their personal control.
How do I know that smoking, drugs, sex , lust and etc. is a addiction? Simple, I wouldn’t place my hand on a red hot stove burner or hold my hand in a flame, would I? I can say “No” to that but I cannot say “No” to smoking and etc?
Confessing to our Lord that we are indeed, “out of control in
that aspect of our
C- Recognize and claim God’s power within us:
We possess the Holy Spirit because He lives within us.
1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
D- Exercise the power of “public” confession and prayer.
James 5:16, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
I will explain this from my own personal experience:
I began to pray at the table or in Church in the hearing of my family (wife, sons, in-laws and out-laws, friends and enemies) that I was willfully sinning against the known command of God by smoking, I was addicted to smoking, I knew that it was harmful to my body, my family and my testimony to the unsaved and that I, personally, couldn’t control my smoking. Lord, please cleanse me of this sin.
It’s the cleansing that we need for our victory and repentance, stopping the sin.
I openly prayed the above for several months when, driving to work one night, I needed a cigarette and reached into my pocket for my cigarettes, flipped out a cigarette and lit it with my truck’s cigarette lighter. Took a puff and it TASTED LIKE HORSE MANURE and I put it out. When I arrived in my work place parking lot, I again lighted a cigarette and again, it TASTED LIKE HORSE MANURE. I crushed it on the pavement and as I walked by a trash container, I threw the rest of the pack of cigarettes into that container and that was the end of smoking. My lord did it for me and all the while I was struggling for the victory I was witnessing to others how to gain victory over an addictive sin. Others have found victory also.
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