Healing from Addictions

Another Ground Cracking article in the Series / The Doctor says – The Bible says by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD.
(Alcoholism, Smoking, Illegal Drugs, Prescription Drugs, Pornography, Promiscuity, Gambling, Excessive Over Eating And Addictive Relationships)

You may have been going round and round the same mountain – many times you have probably tried to quit whatever it is you are addicted to, or tried to lose weight by going on the latest diet, but it only lasted for a short period of time and then you slipped right back into your bondage. The reason is that you tried to change the external without changing the internal (your mindset) which is the root of your problem.
If you want change to be permanent in your life, you have got to deal with the root issues involving the negative strongholds in your mind first. Then external change will naturally follow. I believe that the
information in this chapter will help set in motion those things that will bring the conviction necessary
to get you out of that bondage and into a place of freedom. It will also help you understand addictions in
other people’s lives. I hope that not only will the insight in this chapter provide a foundation for you to be
able to walk away from your addiction, whatever it is, but that in the future you will also be able to help
others break free of their addiction.

What is an Addiction?

Addictions are a growing problem worldwide and I am amazed at how rampant it is in the church. Life
can be filled with stress, trouble, curve balls and pain. If we don’t know how to deal with these seasons,
we can fall into the trap of addictions by attempting to comfort ourselves rather than resolve the source
of pain and despair. There are many things that we can become addicted to. Anything that you cannot
stop doing by simply using your will is an addiction. Anything that controls and rules you, is an addiction
– that thing is your Lord. The word Lord means master or ruler of. God the Father is not your Lord and
Master because the thing you have become addicted to is your master. There are obvious addictions such
as alcoholism, smoking, drugs and pornography. Then there are more subtle addictions such as food, gossip,
ungodly relationships, television (especially soap operas!) and gambling. Addictions also run in family
trees and can be inherited.

When it comes to substances such as alcohol, cigarettes and
drugs, we have certain criteria that define an addiction and help
us as doctors to identify people who are addicts. This is important
for us to be able to do because substances that people become
addicted to cause many diseases and health complications. There
is no point in trying to successfully treat for example a stomach ulcer or heart failure, if you don’t know
that the person is an alcoholic. Prescribing medicines for the stomach ulcer or heart failure is not going
to work if the person continues to abuse alcohol, which is the cause of the problem in the first place. The
CAGE Questionnaire below is a quick screening test to find out if somebody is an alcoholic but it can also
be applied to any other substance or drug:

Anything that you cannot stop doing by simply using your will is an addiction.

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C: Have you ever felt that you need to cut down on your drinking?
A: Have you ever felt annoyed or angry at family or friends for commenting on or criticizing your
drinking?
G: Have you ever felt guilty or bad about your drinking?
E: Have you ever had to have a drink as an eye opener in the morning to calm your nerves and give you
a boost for the day?

Two positive answers indicates a 80 to 95% probability that the person is an alcoholic. If the answer is
yes to all 4 questions, the person is an alcoholic until proven otherwise.
Tolerance and withdrawal also indicate that a person is dependent or addicted to a substance:
Tolerance is when a progressively greater and greater amount of the substance is required to produce
the desired pleasurable effect.

Withdrawal is a characteristic pattern of symptoms that ensue when use of the substance is stopped
and using the substance again leads to relief of the symptoms. For example, if an alcoholic does not have
a drink for 1 to 3 days, the person will experience anxiety, anorexia (or loss of appetite), insomnia (can’t
sleep at night), confusion, delirium, tremors in hands, tongue or eyelids, palpitations (when you feel your
heart beating very fast), sweating, agitation and/or high temperatures and sometimes even seizures.

The Physical Mechanisms Behind an Addiction

Alcohol affects many cellular components in the brain, including an alteration in certain chemicals
called neurotransmitters and receptors in the Basal Ganglia (These chemical neurotransmitters attach
to receptors to stimulate a reaction. The Basal ganglia is a part of your brain just above your spinal
cord). Alcohol and any other addictive substance such as nicotine in cigarettes increase the levels of the
neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is the pleasure chemical in the human body that stimulates the
reward system in the brain. Alcoholics also have a new neurotransmitter that is formed in their brain called
THIQ (tetrahydro-isoquinoline), which is formed by the reaction of alcohol with various other chemicals.

There are also new receptors that develop in an alcoholic’s brain. When the neurotransmitter THIQ stimulates
these receptors it produces a permanent craving for alcohol. That is why associations like Alcoholics
Anonymous say “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” A person who was previously an alcoholic cannot
ever have a drop of alcohol again even if they have not had a single alcoholic drink for 10 or 30 years. Even
the small amount of alcohol in throat lozenges or in certain medicines such as cough syrup, can stimulate
and reactivate the THIQ neurotransmitters and receptors, sending the person on an alcohol binge and back
into the bondage of alcoholism. During my medical training I spent a week at a psychiatric hospital where I
spent time with alcoholics and attended AA meetings with them. One “recovering alcoholic” who had been
sober for 30 years told me that he still has to make the choice every single day not to have a drink.

I do not agree with the AA’s statement which says, “Once an alcoholic, Always an alcoholic.” Even in
Christian AA groups they do not believe that you can be free from alcoholism. The term that they use is
“recovering alcoholic”. I use the term “recovered”. One of the first things that the Lord showed me when I
began learning about the spiritual roots of diseases is that no disease is incurable. He told me to get the
word “incurable” out of my vocabulary because it is totally unscriptural. Absolutely nothing is impossible
with God. He created the human body and the human brain, and He can restore it back to complete and
perfect health and wholeness. Psalm 103 v 3 says that “He forgives [every one] all of our iniquities,
and He heals all [every one] of our diseases.” It doesn’t say in Isaiah 53 v 5 that “… By the stripes
[wounds] of Jesus we are healed and made whole … except for alcoholics.”

Once the root issues behind alcoholism are dealt with, the Lord will deliver and heal an alcoholic or
any other addict completely, because when the Son sets you free, you are free in deed! Once the spiritual
roots driving the alcoholism are removed, the brain will naturally re-grow itself. New research on the brain
shows that it has an incredible capacity to change, re-wire grow and heal. Our brain is truly incredible – it
can be reshaped and reformed.13 Through thinking correctly you can change the whole neuro-chemical
structure of your brain including the removal of the THIQ neurotransmitters and their receptors. There are
people who have been healed and delivered by God through the ministry who need no support groups and
they are not drawn to alcohol ever again. Thank goodness in Christ there is a greater grace and complete
freedom.

John 8 v 36: “So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably
free.”

Galatians 5 v 1: “In this freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand
fast then and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which
you have once put off].”

Although I believe that alcoholics can be completely healed and delivered, I would still advise them
never to have a drink again. This also applies to cigarettes, drugs and any other addictive substance.
Matthew 12 v 43 – 45: “But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through
dry [arid] places in search of rest, but it does not find any. Then it says, I will go back to my house
from which I came out. And when it arrives it finds the place unoccupied, swept, put in order, and
decorated. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go
in and make their home there. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first.”

Jesus told the story of a man who was delivered of an evil spirit and his house (heart, mind and body)
was swept clean. However, the evil spirit was given the opportunity to return, and he went and called
seven other evil spirits, and the mess in that man’s life was seven times worse than before. When you
gain victory in an area, you need to maintain it. Maintaining your victory and freedom from an addiction
means that you need to remove the things from your life that lead you into that bondage. Joyce Meyer
says, “Don’t flirt with the devil.”

Ephesians 4 v 27 says, “Leave no room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].”
Some people are born with an inherited predisposition for alcoholism. These people have a defective
chemical in their brain that is “not complete”. When this defective or incomplete chemical comes into
contact with alcohol, there is a chemical reaction and a new chemical is formed – THIQ which I spoke
about above. That is the reason why it only takes one drink to get alcoholism moving in these people.
Have you noticed that in an alcoholic family they think that it is a funny big deal to give a five year old
a beer, “Here, have a beer kid!” In one clinic near where I was at medical school, there was a full blown 6
year old alcoholic. The mother had fed the child shots of Vodka when it was a baby to stop the baby from
crying. This child was then dragged by the mother from one night club to the next and the little girl was
now stealing the adults’ alcoholic drinks when they were not looking. Our patterns for adulthood are set
up in childhood.

Furthermore did you know that alcoholics are actually allergic to alcohol? The reason is because they
have a compromised immune system because of fear. Allergies are discussed in detail in the chapter on
page 206. The allergic reaction to alcohol is what produces the drunkenness. Alcoholism is considered an
allergy in the medical field. That is why one person can drink ten glasses of beer and be sober and yet another
person will get drunk on just one drink (although as the alcoholism progresses the person acquires a
tolerance to it and is able to drink more alcohol before getting drunk). The person who cannot handle the
alcohol has an inherited spirit of alcoholism. This has to do with the sin of alcoholism in previous generations
and now it is running through the family tree. The basis of this is explained in detail in the chapter
on genetically inherited diseases on this website. You can have inherited alcoholism from being conceived
in drunkenness, being conceived out of wedlock because of alcohol or because of inherited alcoholic patterns
in childhood.

Nicotine in cigarettes and the other addictive substances in drugs such as heroin and cocaine work in
a similar way to alcoholism as described above. These substances cause an increase in the dopamine levels
which as I explained is the pleasure neurotransmitter that stimulates the reward system in the brain.
Nicotine also stimulates the liver to release a huge amount of sugar into the blood stream, giving the
pleasurable feeling of a rush.

Cocaine is a unique drug in that it is not actually addictive physically – it is psychologically and spiritually
addictive. When a person takes cocaine for the first time, there is a massive amount of dopamine that
is released which produces the effect in the body of a massive orgasm. During sexual intimacy between
a husband and wife, dopamine is released in an orgasm which gives the emotional completeness of the
spiritual and psychological union of love. In the normal human relationship of marriage, not all of the
dopamine is released during an orgasm because it is regulated. However cocaine releases all of it in one
massive explosion.

This massive release of dopamine can never be achieved for a second time because all the body’s stores
of dopamine have been depleted and the person will never have the same rush ever again. When the
person takes it for the second time the rush he was expecting doesn’t happen. So he thinks it was a bad
dealer who cut it and he goes from one dealer to the next and from one hit, to the next hit to the next
hit and then he goes onto other drugs like crack but he is never able to experience the rush that he got
the first time. That is why people who take cocaine are tormented; they are continually searching for that
massive rush that they will never have again. This is because in our creation God put checks and balances
on our immorality in our body chemistry. The body manufactures all the other chemicals in the brain fairly
quickly, except for dopamine. When dopamine is released completely in the body by cocaine, it takes two
years for the body to restore the dopamine back to the normal levels providing that it is not released again
in those two years. That is why flirting with the devil, even if it is just once, is a dangerous game.

The Spiritual Force Behind Addictions

There are spiritual and emotional battles in our thought life that can lead us into addictions. No disease
happens just because… You see, addictions do not develop because you took a drug or drank alcohol.
You took the drug or had a drink because you have a problem. Without exception, the need to be loved
unfulfilled, insecurity and a low self-esteem are behind every type of addiction. 45 The enemy knows how
to control you with your needs if you allow him to. He knows that if he can get you into a place where you
doubt that God loves you, you don’t love yourself and you are not
sure if you are loved and accepted by others, you’re going to start
looking for love in all the wrong places and that could be a chemical.

In the chapter “Essential Background Knowledge of Disease
From a Biblical Perspective” I explained that most disease results from a separation on one of three levels: separation from God (for example you can’t receive His love), separation from yourself (you don’t like yourself, you are filled with guilt, shame, condemnation, self disapproval, self-rejection, self hatred etc) or separation from others. A person with an addiction is separated from love in one of these three areas.

If you are loving God with all your mind, if you love yourself (if you have a healthy self-esteem where
your identity and sense of self worth is based on the knowledge and understanding of who you are in
Behind every addiction lies the
unfulfilled need to be loved,
insecurity and a low self-esteem.

Christ) and if you are walking in love towards others – it is absolutely impossible from both a Biblical and
medical point of view – for disease to develop in your body. This is true for addictions: if you stand complete
and satisfied in your love relationship with God the Father where receiving His love enables you to
love yourself and extend that love to others, you’ll have no need to go looking for love in all the wrong
places.

The need to be loved was built into each one of us by God. Each person was created to know and to
receive God’s perfect love. The need to give and receive love is a part of who we are as humans. However
there is often a breakdown in this area because our families and our marriages can be so dysfunctional
that animals care for each other better than some of us care for our husband, wife or children. We now
have the rage of rejection, the hurt, the pain and the bitterness of not being loved and nurtured. When
people have not received true, unconditional love as a foundation, they are always in search of getting a
need fulfilled. The need to know the love of the Father can open us up to look for love in all the wrong
places and that leaves us vulnerable to the deception of satan who seduces us into believing that the world
has a better substitute.

A person with an addiction has a need to be loved that arises from a lack of love, care and nurturing
either in childhood (especially with a father) or in marriage and/or most importantly a lack of a genuine
love relationship with God the Father (in knowledge and experience) beyond the realms of empty religion.
People with an addiction are also attacking themselves in their thoughts with self-hatred, self-condemnation,
guilt, self-rejection and self bitterness.

Remember, your brain translates everything that goes on in your thought life into a physical reaction
– for good or bad. The latest scientific research in the medical field has proven that the mind-body connection
is real and the enemy also knows this. He knows that if he can control your thoughts, he can control
your body chemistry and he can get your brain to under-secrete a chemical called serotonin. One of the
areas of the brain involved in the mind-body connection is the hypothalamus which is the chemical factory
of the brain. When you have a lack of self-esteem and your thought life is dominated by thoughts of
self disapproval, self-condemnation, guilt and the like or you are not feeling loved in an area, your hypothalamus
gland senses these spiritual and emotional problems. One of the first things that the hypothalamus
does in response to this is to lower the levels of serotonin. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter in the brain
that is called the “feel good” hormone because it makes you feel good about yourself. So whenever you
have a deficiency of serotonin, you feel terrible about yourself. Clinical depression is basically a deficiency
in serotonin. When those serotonin levels are low you don’t feel right or complete physically or spiritually
and if you are not careful you’ll fall prey to an addiction because you’re going to start looking for a fix to
make you feel complete again.

The devil wants to rule your life. If you allow him, he will continue to fill your mind with unloving
thoughts that will lead to a chemical imbalance in your brain which is the lowering of your serotonin
levels so that you start taking steps to enter into various arenas of counterfeit fulfilment. As long as you
have these toxic thinking patterns where you feel unloved and you do not love yourself, the enemy knows
that there is no way that you can increase your serotonin levels unless you take a drug. As long as you
take the drug, you feel better about yourself, but you still have that unloving way of thinking as part of
your nature. So even though you are on the drug, you still do not feel satisfied, just more tormented. The
enemy alters your body chemistry through your thoughts when you buy into the lies that say God does not
love you, you do not love yourself and others do not love you. Then he gives you chemicals to alter that
chemical imbalance back into an artificial chemical peace.

Firstly, chemically altered states in your brain violate creation because it is not of God. If God wanted
you smoked, He would have created you that way! If God wanted you chemically altered, He would have
created you in a different chemical state. Secondly the artificial short term peace that the chemical
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provides is a cheap substitute for a love relationship with the Father, the peace that Jesus gives and the
comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said in John 14 v 27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to
you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be
afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be
fearful and intimidated and cowardly.”

The Bible says that perfect peace belongs to those whose mind is stayed or fixed on the Lord. Isaiah 26
v 3: “You will guard and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination
and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes
confidently in You.”

The Mouth was Designed as the Contact Place for Love and Security

When you don’t feel good about yourself, you go into insecurity. When you’re insecure, you start
“sucking your thumb”. People who smoke cigarettes have exchanged the thumb for something else.
The reason cigarettes are smoked is not because of the nicotine. Science has told us that it is the nicotine
of the cigarette that is causing the stress and anxiety. The person thinks they need to smoke to calm them
down, when in fact it is just feeding their stress. So what is a cigarette emotionally and spiritually to a
person? It has little to do with the nicotine – it is what hits the lips for nurturing. Nurturing is needed and
this is driven by the need to be loved. The sucking reflex of eating or of something touching the lips has a
nurturing effect. Not many people understand the depths of this need.

People who have weight problems because of excessive eating have made an addiction out of food.
This is a direct result of not feeling good about themselves. They have a lack of self-esteem and introspection
where they look inside themselves and don’t like what they see. Stuffing food into their mouths is an
attempt to feed the need to be loved and to soothe or comfort themselves because they don’t feel good
about themselves. Did you know that many of the diet pills on the market have nothing to do with suppressing
appetite? They work by increasing the serotonin levels, which then makes you feel good about
yourself. It is an artificial way of increasing your self-esteem. Whenever you feel good about yourself, you
don’t put your thumb in your mouth – you have no need to put food to your mouth. However these diet
pills have many terrible and dangerous side effects and are in themselves addictive.

The mouth and whatever you put in it (food, cigarettes, alcohol etc) is designed to bring you to emotional
security. The lips are the nurturing point. That is why there is a strong emotional component to
breast feeding a baby or kissing somebody. When people stop smoking, they often put on a lot of weight.
The reason is because they are subconsciously craving the sugar rush produced by nicotine when it stimulates
the liver. Thus they start eating a lot and they don’t realize that they are doing this to try and get that
sugar rush, and because they need the satisfaction of putting something to their mouth. Alcoholics can
develop a problem where they like sugar, carbohydrates and desserts because the body converts the sugars
and carbohydrates into alcohol. So not only does the person get the satisfaction of putting something into
their mouth but they also get an alcohol fix. Alcoholics often have a characteristic “beer belly”. This weight
gain is not only because of over eating, but it is also because of a slowed metabolism. The hypothalamus
also responds to thoughts of a low self-esteem, guilt, condemnation and self-hatred by lowering the
body’s metabolic rate. This predisposes you to putting on weight more easily because the body just does
not burn the food that you eat. When people with an addiction bring the food, alcohol, cigarette or drug
to their mouth, it triggers the release of dopamine which is the pleasure chemical that I spoke about earlier.

In order to compensate biologically for their spiritual deficiency, they need a dopamine rush! The rush
of dopamine in the brain produces a “high” which brings temporary relief, comfort or fulfilment. When
a person gets the feel good rush of dopamine or the high from the alcohol, cigarette, drug, pornography
etc they have the chemical equivalent of what should come out of a spiritual and emotional relationship.
They think, “That was great! I don’t need God, I don’t need anybody, I don’t need a wife, I just need a drink
or a pill.”

However the dopamine rush is short lasting and it soon wears off. The person goes back into real life
and they are faced with themselves and their old feelings of being unloved again! The feelings never went
away, they were just drowned out by the chemical rush. The person sinks into a “low” where they feel the
pain and the despair and they are drawn to that memory of fulfilment when they had the drink, cigarette,
drug etc and they reach for it again. This is how the negative cycle perpetuates.

In Summary

Addictions follow individuals that have a need to be loved unfulfilled and a low self-esteem: they are
attacking themselves spiritually in their thoughts with self-hatred, self-condemnation, guilt, shame,
self-rejection, self disapproval and self bitterness.

One of the things that the hypothalamus does in response to this (brain translates your thoughts into
a physical reaction) is to lower the serotonin levels.

Reduced serotonin levels cause the person to feel bad about themselves and they bring alcohol/cigarettes/
food/drugs to their mouth because the mouth is the contact place for love and security. The lips are
the nurturing point.

The alcohol/cigarettes/drugs/food causes a rush of dopamine in the brain producing a short term pleasurable,
comforting sensation (Dopamine is the pleasure neurotransmitter that stimulates the reward system
in the brain).

After the short lasting fulfilment, the pleasurable, comforting sensation wears off and the person
often becomes filled with guilt, self-condemnation and/or self-hatred because of the alcohol/food binge
they have just been on. In terms of weight gain, the more the person eats, the more the person puts on
weight. The more the person puts on weight, the more it assassinates their self-esteem… and what does
the hypothalamus do in response to these thoughts? Lower the serotonin levels! And so the negative cycle
perpetuates. The devil sure knows how to keep people in bondage and captivity.

Shop lifting is the same as binging. Kleptomania (which is compulsive stealing) is a result of self-hatred,
self-rejection and guilt. People who take the credit card and spend thousands of dollars on a spending
binge are exhibiting the same behaviour as those who are binging on food. They are trying to increase the
serotonin deficiency artificially and not only that, dopamine is also being secreted, which is the pleasure
neurotransmitter because of the rush they get to fill the void.

Sexual Addictions

People who have addictions also have a tendency towards promiscuity. Do you know what is behind
fornication and adultery? The need to be loved! A man can have the most perfect and beautiful wife in
town and still turn to pornography. Why is that? The reason is because in masturbation there is an orgasm
in which dopamine – the pleasure chemical is released. This is the same chemical that is released by alcohol
and drugs. The person needs a dopamine rush to compensate for their lowered serotonin levels which is a
result of feeling unloved. If a man has a low self-esteem and does not feel loved, even though he has the
prettiest wife, when he is walking down the street, he is continually looking for a woman who will look him
in the eye and smile at him. He needs the dopamine and adrenaline rush that somebody notices and desires
him. So contrary to what most people believe, the root behind pornography is not lust, it is the need to be
loved! Lust is part of it – lust fuels the fire. Lust gives the pictures to create the drive for the dopamine and
adrenalin rush. Pornography is adultery if you are married and fornication if you are not.

Jesus said in Matthew 5 v 28: “But I say to you that everyone who so much as looks at a woman
with evil desire for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

However, when you understand that it is not just a sin problem but that there is a spiritual root behind
it that produces the sin, you are able to be less judgmental and you are able to help people .We tend to
ostracize people in sexual addictions like this because we do not understand the root problems that lie
behind the sexual sin. The same thing that is behind addictions to alcohol, cigarettes and drugs is the same
thing behind sexual addictions – the need to be loved unfulfilled.

Addictions tend to run in families and so does fornication and adultery along with it. The same thing
that applies to pornography also applies to incest and molestation: These people have unfulfilled needs
and there are no outlets. They have a need for a dopamine fix that is driven by the need to be loved. This
is the root issue behind these abominable behaviors.

Addictive Relationships – An Ungodly Soul Tie

People who are prone to addictions because they have the need to be loved, tend to be overly dependent
on others. Often in the marriage where the man is for example an alcoholic, the husband-wife
relationship is more like a mother and son. So far in this chapter I’ve been speaking mostly about chemical
addictions but there are also addictions that are not chemical.

Many people become involved in relationships, not necessarily because they want to enjoy a friendship,
but because they have a need. This kind of relationship becomes unhealthy because it is addictive and
ungodly. You can get best friends who do not necessarily have a homosexual relationship but they are very
close. Suddenly one of them begins to develop a friendship with somebody else and they start spending
time with this other person. Anger, envy and jealousy develop and verbal and emotional abuse ensues.
These people, particularly the one with the attitude, are addicted to each other. They have an unhealthy
and ungodly soul tie, which is an ungodly bonding between members of the same sex. The roots behind
this are the same as other addictions.

Prescription Drugs and Illegal Drugs

As well as illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy and so forth, people also get addicted
to prescription drugs. I mentioned this in the chapter “Essential Background Knowledge of Disease
from a Biblical Perspective” but it is worth repeating here:

Galatians 5 v 19 – 21: “Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are
immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness,
divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), envy,
drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you before hand, just as I did previously, that those
who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The above scripture talks about the works of the flesh which are sin. The word sorcery in the above
scripture is translated as witchcraft in other Bibles. The word sorcery or witchcraft that was used here is
not the Hebrew word for witchcraft. That word ‘witchcraft’ is only used once in the New Testament and
it is the Greek word pharmakeia, (Strong’s number 5331) which means medication (pharmacy, sorcery) and
is taken from the Greek word pharmakeus, which means drug, a druggist (pharmacist or poisoner, that is,
sorcerer). The word witchcraft in this scripture is referring to the use of legal or prescription drugs. The
word drunkenness in this scripture represents illegal drugs (cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, alcohol abuse etc). The
Greek word “do” in the above scripture means “they that habitually practice as a way of life” as opposed
to “a single act”.

To put all of the above information in a sentence “The chronic or long term use of prescription drugs is
sorcery or witchcraft and they that habitually practice this as a way of life will not inherit the kingdom of
God.” Now I am not saying that it is wrong to take prescription drugs. Sometimes it is very necessary in an
emergency to get you into a place of safety or to save your life. It is ok to take medication in the short
term but the problem comes in when it is taken on a chronic basis as a way of life without the underlying
problem being dealt with. God does not want you artificially maintained and manipulated by prescription
drugs for the rest of your life. He wants to heal you and set you free completely.

Whilst working in a general practice, I was absolutely amazed at the number of patients who were addicted
to prescription drugs. This includes painkillers such as Stopain, sleeping tablets and tranquilizers.
However the number one across the counter addictive drug in the world is antihistamines which people
use for allergies. Withdrawal from anti-histamines is as strong as the withdrawal from any other drug.
Anti-congestant drugs which are commonly used for nasal congestion and sinusitis are another example.

These anti-congestants contain paracetemol which is a strong painkiller. Thus when you take the drug it
does give you relief from the pain of the congestion. However there are other ingredients in these drugs
that damage the cilia which line your sinus cavities. Cilia are finger-like structures that help keep the mucous
flowing and help with the drainage of mucous. When these cilia are damaged, drainage of mucous
is not good and you are predisposed to more sinus infections and more sinusitis… so you take the drug
again… the cilia are damaged further… more sinus infections…do you see the pattern?

Another example of highly addictive drugs is the many antacids that are available over the counter that
provide relief for the symptoms of stomach ulcers and reflux. Antacids neutralize your stomach acid which
then causes symptomatic relief. However, many of the antacids contain calcium. Calcium stimulates the
pump (called a proton pump) in your stomach wall that produces acid. An excessive amount of stomach
acid will cause or exacerbate stomach ulcers. The long term use of antacids that contain calcium cause an
increased production of stomach acid… this can lead to more ulcers… so you take more antacids… which
leads to increased production of stomach acid…more ulcers… and before you know it you are permanently
on antacids.

Another drug that people struggle to stop taking once they start are anti-depressants such as Prozac.
These drugs are serotonin enhancers – they increase the levels of serotonin (remember I explained that depression
is a deficiency of serotonin due to a low self-esteem and thoughts of guilt, shame, condemnation,
self-hatred etc in a person’s thought life). You become addicted to the antidepressants which artificially
restore the chemical imbalance and serves as a false comforter and false source of peace. Prozac is an
amphetamine which is the chemical equivalent of the illegal drug Ecstasy.

There are many other prescription drugs that people become addicted to because their body pitches a
fit when they try to stop them.

God has designed your body so that when you love God, when you love yourself and when you love
others, your body releases the proper hormones and chemicals that make you healthy and make you feel
good. God has given you the chemical fix that you need from enjoying an intimate love relationship with
Him as well as Godly relationships with others. That is why long term use of prescription drugs which is
sorcery and drunkenness from illegal drugs are works of the flesh which is sin. They are substitutes for your
relationship with God and the peace that comes from that relationship. The Bible says not to be drunk with
wine but filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5 v 18: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and
stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.”

Proverbs 20 v 1: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; and whoever errs or reels
because of it is not wise.” This scripture is saying that when alcohol is taken in a quantity that alters your
consciousness, the drunkenness will produce a chemical imbalance
in your body that is going to impair your ability to differentiate
right from wrong – all so that you can drown out your pain.

The alcohol or the drugs allows the person to hide from their
fears and insecurities. Alcohol and drugs to the basal ganglia in
the brain is a painkiller for emotional turmoil – it is a false comforter
to remove the pain of the void of being loved. This applies to excessive eating, cigarettes, drugs,
pornography, gambling and any other addiction as well.

The Disease of Denial

People who refuse to face reality and deal with their problems and who are in denial about them are
very prone to developing addictions. In fact alcoholism is called the “disease of denial” because alcoholics
often refuse to acknowledge that they have a problem, often until it is too late. God wants you to
take responsibility and deal with every issue in your life.

Deliverance from Addictions

It starts with a choice. God has given each one of us a free will and the right to choose. We have the
right to make a quality decision for our life. God will not interfere with that and Satan cannot interfere
with that. Did you know that God cannot heal and deliver you against your will? God cannot do anything
more than what you allow Him to do in your life. Breaking free from addiction starts with you making a
stand – you draw the line and you say, ‘Enough!’ Are you willing to take responsibility? Are you willing to
repent, which means renewing your mind and changing your thinking? In spite of your body pitching a fit,
are you prepared to do what it takes to make a change and break free? Let me tell you something about
addictions – if you stop that drug you are not going to die, but if you don’t stop – you will die prematurely.
There are no quick fixes, it takes time (about 28 days) to break bad habits and develop new ones. It is going
to take effort, determination and dedication on your part. If you are ready to make that quality decision
to say, “Enough is enough!” then I am rejoicing because then I can help you.

There have been men and women who have given up an addiction out of sheer will power and determination.
They counted the cost of something they did not want to lose and decided to stop abusing and
being addicted. They had had enough of their spouse’s threatening and ultimatums. However, when you
give up an addiction in your own strength with just your will power, you are not really delivered or set free
because you still have the same spiritual problems that caused the addiction in the first place. It would be
very difficult for you to break free of an addiction while still feeling unloved. In this case you would be in
danger of what is called “cross addiction” which is where you lay down one addiction but pick up another,
for example you give up smoking but then start drinking alcohol or eating too much.

God gives you the chemical fix that you need through enjoying an intimate love relationship with Him

The AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) was an organization that was developed in the 1930s to help alcoholics.
Their 12 step program was originally based on Biblical principles. In order to become a member you had to
be born again and you had to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour because they knew that this was vital
to obtaining freedom from the bondage of addiction. Today they have removed that entirely and the rest
of the 12 steps hardly resemble the original program because it has been changed so much. When the AA
first started they had a success rate of over 80% but today, out of the two million people attending the AA
worldwide, its success rate is down to 2%. The reason is because you cannot achieve anything worthwhile
if you remove God.

John 15 v 4-5: “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as
no branch can bear fruit by itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can
you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me
and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with
Me] you can do nothing.”

Apart from God we can do nothing. I do not know how to offer you complete deliverance from addictions
(or any disease or sickness) apart from God. Even though Alcoholics Anonymous has removed accepting
Jesus as Lord and Saviour from their program, they still acknowledge that it is impossible to overcome
an addiction in your own strength, and that you need to rely on the strength of a “Higher Power.” Well
let’s get specific about that “Higher Power”… there is only One God. Mark 12 v 32 “…There is one God;
and there is none other but He.” He is the God that sent His son, Jesus to die for you on the cross.
Jesus literally gave His life to provide a way for you to be restored to the Father; because of His work at
the cross you have forgiveness of your sins, healing and freedom from all forms of bondage and captivity
available to you.

Isaiah 53 v 5 tells of the work that Jesus did on the cross for you: “He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace
and well being for us was upon Him and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and
made whole.”

Jesus said in Luke 4 v 18 and Isaiah 61 v 1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the
Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good news to the meek, the poor and
the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the
[physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are
bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favour]… To grant [consolation
and joy] to those who mourn, to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead
of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy,
burdened and failing spirit – that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and
magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of
the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

You cannot be completely delivered and set free from the bondage of your addiction without an intimate
love relationship with the Father beyond the realms of empty religion. You have a God given void
within you that only God can fill. Alcohol, cigarettes or whatever it is that you are addicted to, is a false
comforter that will never satisfy you or fill that void. You have a deep spiritually rooted need to be loved
and the prayer of my heart is that you would get to know the Father heart of God and His overwhelming
love for you. If you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and have never invited Him into your heart and
life.

The answer to your need to be loved, which is the root of your addiction, is intimacy with the Father –
The Lord wants you to know Him. The more you get to know Him, the more you will love Him. The primary
reason that Jesus died was to restore you back into a love relationship with the Father. The Father’s love
is the foundation to healing and freedom from your addiction. No man or woman can fill or satisfy that
need inside of you to be loved. Receive the Father’s love. Your ability to defeat addictions comes from
the love of God. You are His son. You are His daughter. You are loved! The
Almighty, Indescribable God says that He loves you!

John 16 v 27: “For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because
you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from
the Father.”

Stop buying into the lie that God does not love you, because He does!

1 John 4 v 15 – 19: “15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and
he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that
dwells in love, dwells in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have
boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him because he first loved us.”

The prayer of my heart for you is that your need to be loved would be filled through the revelation and
experience of God the Father’s love for you. I encourage you to take the time right now to pray this prayer
below from Ephesians 3 v 14 – 20:

“Father, I ask You to grant me out of the rich treasury of Your glory to be strengthened and reinforced
with mighty power in my inner man by the Holy Spirit [Himself indwelling in my innermost being and personality].
May Christ through my faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home)
in my heart! May I be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that I may have the power and
be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love],
what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That I may really come] to know [practically
through experience for myself] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without
experience]; that I may be filled [through all my being] with all the fullness of God [may have the richest
measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Father,
You by Your power that is at work within me are able to [carry out Your purpose and] do super abundantly,
far over and above all that I [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond my highest prayers, desires, thoughts,
hopes or dreams].”

Pray that you would get to know the Father more:

Exodus 33 v 13: “Father show me Your ways, that I may know You [progressively become more
deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding You
more strongly and clearly].”
Exodus 33 v 14 “And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you and I will give you rest.” Believe
it. Receive it.

The only true Comforter is the Holy Spirit. John 14 v 26 says that the Holy Spirit is “the Comforter
(Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor (i.e. He prays for you on your behalf), Advocate, Strengthener and
Standby).” It is too hard to give up an addiction independently in your own strength. “Not by might,
not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord!” (Zechariah 4 v 6). Only by the power of the Holy Spirit
will you be able to overcome your addictions: He is your helper, strengthener and standby. He will enable
you to do what you cannot do – and I might add, with ease what is too difficult without Him. If you have
never been filled with the Holy Spirit I encourage you to pray, “Father I ask You please to fill me with the
Holy Spirit!”

Jesus said in Luke 11 v 11 – 12: “What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will
give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent instead? Or if he asks for an egg,
The answer to your need to be loved, which is the root of your addiction,is intimacy with the Father

will give him a scorpion? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to
their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
those who ask and continue to ask Him!”

You may have been attending church for years… but you
still do not know Him. The only way you are going to get to
know Him is to spend time with Him. I’m not talking about
five minutes here and there, I’m talking about getting serious.

I’m talking about setting aside a decent amount of time every
single day to just sit at the Father’s feet and fellowship with Him…this involves talking to Him, listening for
His voice speaking to you in your heart, getting to know Him though reading His Word, and worshipping
Him in that quiet place where it is just you and Him. What is a decent amount of time? Well that’s up to
you. It depends how serious you are. You will get to know the Father as much as you want to know Him.

Every great man and woman of God that I know about who impacted nations with world-wide ministries,
like Smith Wigglesworth, John Wesley, Angus Buchan, Joyce Meyer all spend more than two hours with
God every day. “Oh I don’t have time to spend two hours with God.” You are too busy. Busy people are
stressed, anxious and sick people. Now I don’t want to put a yoke around your neck by making a law out
of two hours – you spend the amount of time with God that the Holy Spirit leads you to. The point is you
need to get alone with God on a daily basis and get to know Him. If you don’t have time to spend with God,
you are doing things that He has not called you to do. You are the one who sets your own busy schedule
so get rid of those unnecessary things that are robbing you of your time with God.

As well as spending extra time with God, I recommend that you go on a fast. In your addiction your
body and what you feel has become your Lord. Fasting is a wonderful way to subdue the flesh. The reason
you fast is not to get something from God, it is to meet with God. Fasting is about drawing away from the
world and drawing close to God – this is where you separate yourself from everything else to develop a
more intimate relationship with Him.

You also need to stop listening to the lie that you are unworthy and not good enough. Stop listening to
the lie that others don’t love you. If they do not love you, that is their loss, but you do not have to carry
somebody else’s sin inside your heart that will cause destruction in your body. Physically your addiction is
rooted in a deficiency of serotonin. This was caused by you attacking yourself spiritually through thoughts
of self-hatred, self-condemnation and guilt, self-rejection and/or self bitterness. Before continuing with
the rest of this chapter, it is vital to overcoming your addiction, that you develop
a healthy self-esteem by knowing who you are in Christ and placing your value and sense of self worth in
Him. You need to learn to see yourself as God sees you.

I suggest that the first thing you must do before attempting to give up the thing that you are addicted
to (for example alcohol or cigarettes), is for the next couple of weeks (or months), just draw close
to God. If you’re really serious about wanting to be set free from your addiction – spend as much time at
the Father’s feet as you can. Seek His Face. Get into the Word and renew your mind concerning who you
are in Christ. Change your thinking with regards to how you see yourself and learn to see yourself as God
sees you. Eventually the point will come where you are about to smoke or pick up a drink, and you’ll say,
“You know what, I don’t need this.” And you’ll put it down for good…and it’ll be done in the power of the
Holy Spirit and not in your own strength. The reason for this from a medical or physical perspective is that
your serotonin levels have been raised by your experience of the Father’s love that has come from getting
to know Him through the time spent with Him. When you have a good self-esteem that has come from
meditating on who you are in Christ, the hypothalamus in your brain will sense your fulfilment and signal
the brain to release and increase the serotonin levels and your spirit, soul and body are in balance again.

Because the serotonin levels are restored, you will no longer have the physical craving or desire to put to
your mouth the thing that you were addicted to.

Only by the power of the Holy Spirit will you be able to overcome your addictions: He is your helper…

An understanding of God’s grace is also vital – you cannot quit an addiction in your own strength, so
after reading through this chapter, please read through the section on God’s grace on page 119.
I recommend that you have a look at www.diseaseanonymous.com on the internet where you can find
out how to connect with others who have been through what you are experiencing. Disease Anonymous
Global is an organization through which people from all over the world support and help each other on
their journey to freedom from addictions.

Finally, if you now understand and know (through heartfelt revelation) that you are loved unconditionally
by God, and you have learnt who you are in Christ, and have renewed your mind in this area, you are
now ready to pray the following prayer of faith for healing and deliverance:

Prayer of faith for healing and deliverance:

“Father, I repent for buying into the devil’s lies that You do not love me. I repent for not loving myself
and for having self-hatred and a low self-esteem. I ask You please to forgive me. I have forgiven and
released all who have wronged and hurt me. Father I open my heart right now to receive Your perfect love
and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ as a work of the Holy Spirit.”

Then, operating in the gift of miracles, you or the person praying for you must say, “In the Name of
Jesus I command my brain and my basal ganglia to be normalized, reformed and conformed to the way
it was created from the foundation of the world. I break the power of unloving spirits and the inherited
spirit of alcoholism and command you to be gone in Jesus’ Name! I command my genes and my DNA to
be made whole and perfect as God originally created it. I command that defective chemistry and that
THIQ chemical to be eradicated as a work of the Holy Spirit. I release that craving physiologically from my
body – I command it to be gone in Jesus’ Name.

Father, I have a covenant of divine healing with You (Isaiah 53 v 5). You forgive all my sins and heal all
my diseases (Psalm 103 v 3). Therefore on the authority of Your Word and in the Name of Jesus, I claim
and declare healing and complete wholeness in my mind, brain and body. In faith I declare that I am free
from the bondage and captivity of (name the addiction)! (Isaiah 61 v 1 – 3).”
Galatians 5 v 1: “In this freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand
fast then and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which
you have once put off].”

Ephesians 4 v 27 says, “Leave no room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].”
It is done. Amen!

A Word for Those Who Have a Loved One with an Addiction

Firstly, you must realize that you are wasting your time trying to help an alcoholic or person with any
other addiction if they don’t really want help – it has to come from the person himself. They have got
to be willing to take responsibility, and come to the point where they have had enough, and are ready to
make that quality decision and say “No more!” They have to be willing to do what is takes to break free
of their bondage.

Secondly, alcoholism is often called the “Disease of Denial”. There is a spirit of deception that comes in
and the alcoholic genuinely does not believe that he has a problem (often until it’s almost too late). This
is why in the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings they make the person say. “My name is so and so, and I am
an alcoholic.” Once the person realizes and admits they have a problem, that is a huge step towards being
healed and delivered. While it is important not to deny the facts, I am not very comfortable with somebody
saying, “My name is so and so and I am an alcoholic” because that is what you are speaking over yourself.
You get what you say. On page 551 I explain why it is very important to be careful what you say and why
you must never say “my disease – my alcohol addiction.” If you do this, you have taken ownership of some
thing – you’ve taken it into your spirit and you’ve made it part of you. That is not good. When you speak
like that you are reinforcing your bondage. You may be suffering from the symptoms of a disease and it is
a problem that you have got to deal with, but the disease is not yours.

It is vital for you to understand that no amount of argument or persuasion in words or actions on your
part, is going to convince and push the person to the point where he is ready, and genuinely willing to give
up that addiction. Trust me, I’ve tried it… as a doctor I’ve tried to use scare tactics by telling patients the
terrible consequences (including death) of their addiction. It doesn’t work. My mother and I fought with
my father for years to get him to quit smoking. My mother even once gave him an ultimatum where she
said that if he did not stop smoking, she would leave him and go out and get a job because she was obviously
going to be a young widower. My father was emotionally blackmailed into stopping smoking for a
while but he soon went back to it, as his heart wasn’t in it. Only when the Holy Spirit dealt with him, and
he was willing to change, did he give up smoking permanently. In all of our own strength and frustration,
we just could not change him because that is a work that only the Holy Spirit can do. Withholding rights
from your loved one who is an alcoholic, such as refusing to let them see their grandchildren etc is not
going to work – that is the world’s way. It is only going to lead you into frustration and disappointment.

Where your loved one is concerned, it is only going to exacerbate the problem, because whether they realize
it or not, they have a deeply spiritually rooted need to be loved. So withdrawing your love is only going
to send them deeper into their pit.

So then what can you do to help? Obviously you don’t want the person you love to hit rock bottom
and destroy their health and marriage, lose their job etc before they are willing to make a change. Stormie
O’Martin had a revelation that transformed her marriage and birthed a worldwide ministry. She realized
that there was nothing that she could do to change her husband. So she prayed for him diligently on a
daily basis – speaking the Word over his life and trusting the Holy Spirit to do the work: to bring conviction
and bring about the change. It may initially seem like an anticlimax or let down answer: “Ah, so all I can
do is pray.” However, that is the most powerful thing that you can do to help break the bondage of addiction
in your loved one’s life. I’m not talking about a quick flippant prayer here and there. I’m talking about
diligence in literally setting time aside every single day to go before the Throne, sit at God’s feet and pray
on your loved one’s behalf. This is the best love gift you could ever give that person. James 5 v 16 says
“The earnest, heartfelt and continued prayer of a righteous man (that’s you!) makes tremendous
power available, dynamic in its working.” When you go to the Throne in prayer, Heaven moves on your
behalf – tremendous power is made available in your loved one’s life, dynamic in its working.

If you’re not sure how to pray for that person, remember what the spiritual roots are: the person has a
need to be loved and they are trying to fill that void with a false comforter. Pray that your loved one comes
to know God more and that they would open their heart to receive the Father’s love. Let your prayers be
full of the Word because the Word is alive and full of power (See Hebrews 4 v 12). I mentioned Ephesians
3 v 14 – 20 earlier as a relevant prayer for overcoming an addiction: “…I bow my knees before the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from
Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. May He grant (your loved one’s name) out of
the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in his/her inner man
by the Hoy Spirit [Himself indwelling in his/her innermost being and personality]. May Christ through
his/her faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in his/her heart! May he/
she be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that he/she may have the power and be strong
to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love], what is
the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That he/she may really come] to know [practically
through experience for him/herself] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience];
that he/she may be filled [through all his/her being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the
richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

Father, by Your power that is at work within (your loved one) are able to [carry out Your purpose and] do
superabundantly, far over and above all that I [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond my highest prayers,
desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams].”

Lastly, as well as praying for your loved one…. love him/her. Find out their love language and ask God
to give you wisdom and creative ideas of how you can practically show your love and the Father’s love
for him/her. Spend time with the person, make a cake, a nice meal, a gift, flowers, surprise them by meeting
a need that they have etc. These are obviously just arbitrary examples to give you an idea. The point
I’m trying to make, is that with the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance – go out of your way to radically and
outrageously bless that person and consistently communicate to them in words and actions that they are
loved, treasured and appreciated unconditionally. I dare you! Go all out! It isn’t necessary for you to bring
up the alcohol or other addiction, just love the person and trust the Holy Spirit to do the work and to bring
conviction, heartfelt repentance and change. Now obviously by advising you to love the person, I am not
suggesting that you open yourself up to abuse or victimization or allow the safety yourself or your family
to be threatened. You do need God’s wisdom here.

The advice that I have given you may be very difficult for you to receive, especially with regards to
somebody who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. People who have an addiction of this kind often become
master manipulators, and the person has most probably hurt and abused you on countless occasions. Thus
being told to pray for and love that person is the last thing you want to hear, as it is like putting salt in a
raw wound. However, God’s way is often totally opposite to our natural, logical way of dealing with something.

For example, when we have a financial need, God says to sow money into another person’s life; by
blessing that person in faith, God in turn blesses us and meets our need. In the natural it makes no sense
to give away money when you are in a crisis financially. But God requires us to live by faith.

Habbakuk 2 v 4: “Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the just and
[uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by faith.”

Hebrews 11 v 6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

I was once in a situation where I had to study some subjects in six months that normally take two years.
I could not see how it was naturally possible so I called on God to work on my behalf. A principle in God’s
kingdom is to sow a seed where you have a need. I desperately needed time. So God challenged me to give
Him time – specifically three hours every day. During those six months, in faith I spent three hours with
Him every day, at His feet, just fellowshipping with Him through prayer and His Word (My motive was not
to manipulate God but just to walk in obedience and to please Him in faith). In the natural, I was screaming
as it made absolutely no sense to spend so much time with God when I had so much studying to do.

However, a small step of obedience in total faith, trust and dependence on Him, is a huge leap to blessing.
I passed those exams with top marks. But more than that, by spending so much time in God’s presence, I
grew exponentially spiritually, I experienced an intimacy with the Father like never before and I got revelations
from His word that I still draw on today.

The same principle applies to your situation: in the natural you may have no desire to consistently pray
for and love this person but it requires a step in faith with absolute trust and dependence on God. Spending
time in God’s presence praying for this person on a consistent basis is also going to do a lot of good
for you. You are going to grow into a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Father, and you are
going to be changed yourself. There is most probably a lot of hurt, anger and un-forgiveness in your heart regarding this person that has to be dealt with.

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