The information below will help you break free from addictions.
What does addiction mean?
The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Someone experiencing an addiction will:
- Be unable stay away from the substance or stop the addictive behavior.
- Display a lack of self-control.
- Have an increased desire for the substance or behavior.
- Dismiss how their behavior may be causing problems.
- Lack an emotional response.
Over time, addictions can seriously interfere with your daily life and relationships.
What does deliverance mean?
The word deliverance can mean liberation, rescue, release, freedom or salvation. God has promised to deliver you: Rom 10:13 Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved. Joh 8:32 Jesus said, You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Joh 8:36 If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed. Jer 15:20 I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord.
Firstly, become a Christian
This is the most important step to free yourself from addictions. Give God first place in your life by surrendering your life to His Only Son, Jesus Christ. If you are not a Christian visit the Good News page. Once you become a Christian you can depend on God to help you recover from addictions. Psa 34:4 I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.
How can I break free from addictions?
Jesus Christ has the miraculous power to help you and save you from any addiction. There is no addiction too hard for Jesus to free you from. With God all things are possible; and all things are possible for the person who believes (Mat 19:26; Mar 9:23).
Types of addictions are listed below:
- Cutting, Scratching, Bruising, Burning, Piercing, Pinching, Pulling Hair.
- Digital addictions: Computer, Internet, TV, Tablet, Mobile Phone.
- Food, Overeating, Binging, Anorexia, Bulimia, Purging.
- Video games.
- Illegal drugs.
- Prescription drugs.
The damaging side effects of addictions:
Physical side effects: Changes in appearance, weight loss, personality, attitude, or withdrawal symptoms, other compulsive behaviors, insomnia, eating disorders, bloodshot eyes, headaches, no self-control, increased dependency on alcohol, prescription, or illegal drugs, impaired judgement and decision making, lethargy, decreased motivation, accidents, damage to and/or failure of internal organs, weakening of immune system, and infections.
Relationship side effects: Dishonesty, deception, hypocrisy, lying, problems with your employer or other workers, not caring about others, rejection of family members and friends, verbal abuse, domestic abuse, child abuse, and divorce.
Emotional side effects: Mood swings, memory problems, delusions, paranoia, anxiety, brain fog, depression, irritability, agitation, fear, aggressiveness, violent or angry outbursts, mental illness, weakness, tiredness, loneliness, condemnation, guilt, shame, worry, fear, stress, depression, tension, trauma, hopelessness, confusion, schizophrenia, and suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Financial side effects: Neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school, increased absence from home, work or school, borrowing or stealing money or possessions from loved ones or friends, fraud, financial lack or ruin, unemployment, and legal problems.
Spiritual side effects: Isa 59:2 Sin separates you from God. Joh 8:34 Sin makes you a slave of Satan by totally dominating your life. 1Jo 3:8 The person who sins is of the devil. Pro 13:15 The way of sinners is hard. Mar 16:16 Anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
Satan, fallen angels, and demons are your enemies:
In Joh 10:10 Jesus said, the devil’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy you. Jesus said, His purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life. 1Pe 5:8 Stay alert and watchful. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The word “devour” means to “consume quickly”.
The Bible teaches all we need to know about the spirit realm. Satan and his fallen angels were cast out of heaven because they sinned (Luk 10:18). Hell is prepared for the devil (satan) and his fallen angels (Mat 25:41). Angels are not demons. The greek word for angel is angelos, which means messnger.
Satan caused the fall of man (JOH 8:44, 1TI 2:14). He is the enemy of God and man. In the Bible satan is called:
- Anointed Cherub (angel) (Eze 28:11-17)
- Satan (Rev 12:9)
- Devil (Rev 12:9)
- Lucifer (Isa 14:12-14)
- Dragon (Rev 12:3-12)
- Serpent (2Co 11:30
- God of this world (2Co 4:4)
- Prince of this world (Joh 12:31)
- Prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:1-3)
- The deceiver of the whole world (Rev 12:9)
- Prince of all devils/demons (Mat 9:34)
- Accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10)
- Adversary (1Pe 5:8)
- Enemy (Mat 13:39; Luk 10:19)
- Tempter (Mat 4:3)
- Wicked one (Mat 13:19+38)
- Father of lies (Joh 8:44; Act 5:3)
- Murderer (Joh 10:10; 8:44)
- Thief (Joh 10:10)
- Destroyer (Joh 10:10)
- Angel of light (2Co 11:14)
- Wolf (Joh 10:12)
- Roaring lion (1Pe 5:8)
Satan’s subjects are demons, fallen angels, and all sinners (Jam 2:19; Rev 12:7; 1Jo 3:8-10).
How satan subtily attacks:
The Bible tells us to stand against the schemes (tricks, deceptions) of the devil – Eph 6:11. Do not permit Satan to:
- Intimidates you to sin against God or someone else. Jam 4:7 Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
- Makes you feel inferior. Pro 3:26 The Lord will be your confidence.
- Makes you feel insecure. Psa 91:11 The Lord will give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.
- Causes you to become obsessed about something or someone. 1Ti 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain. Heb 13:5 Be content with what you have.
- Oppresses you. Act 10:38 Jesus healed all who were oppressed of the devil.
- Possesses or dominates you. 1Jo 4:4 Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world.
Satan tempted Jesus several times (Mat 4:1-11). Give him no place in your life. Eph 4:27 Do not give the devil an opportunity.
Demons are your enemies:
Satan is the prince of demons (Mar 8:32). Demons are not fallen angels. The greek word for demon is from diamonion and diamon, both mean evil spirits or devils. They are disimbodied spirits that can oppress people or enter into people and control them (Mar 5:1-20). They believe in and fear God (Jam 2:19).
Demons in the Bible are called: Devils (48 times), familiar spirits (15 times), unclean (impure) spirits (21 times), evil spirits (12 times) and seducing spirits (1 time). The Bible reveals that demons afflict people and cause the following:
- Sicknesses (Mat 8:16)
- Diseases (Act 19:12)
- Infirmities (Luk 8:2)
- Blindness (Mat 12:22)
- Deafness (Mar 9:25)
- Dumbness (Luk 11:14)
- Fever (Luk 4:39)
- Uncleanness (Mar 1:23).
- Epilepsy (Mat 17:15)
- Insanity (Mar 5:3)
- Foaming at the mouth (Luk 9:39)
- Seizures (Luk 9:39)
- Convulsions (Mar 1:26)
- Bruising (LUK 9:39)
- Anger (Mat 8:28)
- Violence (Mat 17:15)
- Abnormal strength (Mar 5:4)
- Gnashing of the teeth (Mar 9:18)
- Torments (Luk 6:18)
- Uncontrollable crying (Luk 9:39)
- Unnatural voice (Act 8:7)
- Divination-fortune telling (Act 8:16)
- False teachings (1Ti 4:1)
- Fear (2Ti 1:7).
- Disobedience (Eph 2:2)
- Domination (Mat 15:22)
- Bodily injuries (Act 19:16)
- Self-abuse (Mar 5:5)
- Suicide (Mat 17:15) and other destructive behavior.
- Lusts (Luk 8:27). Sexual lusts, lifestyles, and perversions.
- Oppression (Act 10:38)
- Compulsive addictive behavior (Mar 8:29).
Demons know and fear those who have authority over them:
- Jesus: Mat 8:16 He cast out the spirits with His word and healed all who were sick.
- You: Mar 16:17 These signs will follow those who believe: In the Name of Jesus you will cast out demons.
Jam 2:19 You believe there is one God? you are doing good, the devils also believe and tremble.
People can be your enemies:
Strangers, friends, and family members can be your enemies. The Pharisees (false religious leaders) came tempting Jesus (Mar 8:11). People plotted how to kill Jesus (Joh 12:53). Judas a friend of Jesus betrayed Him with a kiss (Luk 22:48). There were many other attempts where the devil and people tried to destroy Jesus before He died on the Cross.
You can be your worst enemy:
You cannot blame the devil or someone else for everything! One thought, one single act, can lead to an addiction. As you think in your heart, so you are (Pro 23:7). Self-gratification is the root of all sin against God or another individual. Each person is tempted when they are lured and enticed by their own desire. 1Jo 3:8 The one who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. We have all sinned and failed God (Rom 3:10).
How addictions start:
Addictive behavior can originate from one or more of the following:
Your thoughts: Thoughts are unspoken words. Satan can hold you captive with just one thought. Pro 23:7 As you think in your heart, so you are. An evil thought passes your door first as stranger, then it enters as a guest, then it installs itself as master. Train your mind to see the good in everything and to reject all negativity and evil. You are not what you think you are; but what you think, you are.
Your words: Eph 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth. Pro 21:23 Whoever guards their mouth keeps their soul from troubles.
Your associations: 1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived, evil company destroys good habits. Pro 1:10 If sinners entice you, do not give in to them.
The places you visit such as a bar, party etc.: 2Co 6:14; 15; 17. Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can be between Christ and the devil? Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
The movies, TV shows, video games, and magazines you look at: Psa 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes. Psa 17:2 Let your eyes behold the things that are upright.
You open the door and sin and Satan will come right in and end up dominating your life.
Filter your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.
Phi 4:8 Think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; virtuous, and worthy of praise. 1Sa 26:3 You wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.
Steps to take for addiction recovery:
Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed me to proclaim the Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and liberty for those who are oppressed – Luke 4:18.
Jesus sees your pain, sorrow, suffering, addictions, condemnation, guilt, shame, worry, fear, anxiety, stress, depression, tension, trauma, confusion, bondage, and sickness. He has the power to help you and save you from any addiction. Mat 8:16 Jesus did cast out the evil spirits with a word and healed all that were sick.
To receive deliverance from addictions you must do your part by placing your faith (trust) in:
- God (Joh 14:1; Mar 11:22)
- Jesus Christ (Joh 14:1; Gal 3:26; Joh 12:36)
- The Gospel (Mar 1:15)
- Jesus’ miracles (Joh 10:37-38)
- Name of Jesus (Act 3:16)
- Blood of Jesus (Rom 3:25)
Heb 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Mat 9:29 According to your faith let it be done to you.
You must believe and practice the following to break free, and remain free from addictions:
Know that all things are possible with God and you: There is no case too hard for Jesus. With God all things are possible; and all things are possible for the person who believes (Mat 19:26; Mar 9:23).
Recognize you have addictions: Psa 38:18 I will declare mine iniquity, I will be sorry for my sin.
Repent of your sinful addictions: Mar 1:15 Repent and believe the Good News. The word repent means to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.
Confess your addictions as sins: 1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and clean us from all unrighteousness. Jam 5:16 confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
A suggested prayer for deliverance:
My heavenly Father, I humbly come to you in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son. Please forgive all my sins, save me, and deliver me from my addiction(s) to [name your addiction(s)]. I give Jesus full control over every area of my life. I trust Him to set me free from my addiction(s). Make me the person You want me to be. I will read the Bible and obey it all the days of my life. I decree Jesus Christ as my Lord, King, Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Counsellor, and my very best Friend. In the powerful Name of Jesus I pray, Amen!
Draw near to God: Jam 4:8 Come near to God, and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Remove any sinful person, place, or thing (computer, tablet, phone, TV, movies, video games etc.) that could trigger your addictions: Pro 4:14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. 1Co 5:11 I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother but is sexually immoral, greedy, an idolater, a verbal abuser, a drunkard, or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
Build new relationships with Christians: Ecc 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Pray in agreement with other believers: Mat 18:19 If two of you will agree on earth about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
Resist the devil and temptation: 1Pe 5:8-9 Be self-controlled and alert because your adversary (enemy) the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him steadfast in the faith. Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Regularly attend a Christ centered church that believes in the Bible, answers to prayer, healing, miracles, prosperity, and Holy Spirit power: Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Psa 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord.
Read God’s Word, the Bible, often: 2Ti 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Rom 10:17 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Be patient: Heb 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Always obey God: Joh 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is He who loves Me. And He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.
Be a good witness and live for God by your life and words: Joh 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Talk to God in prayer daily: Mat 21:22 All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Mark 11:24 Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Joh 16:24 Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be full. 1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. You can trust God to help you with:
- Healing: Visit the Healing page.
- Health: Visit the Health page,
- Finances: Visit the Prosperity page.
- Relationships: 1Co 1-13 Love never fails. Jer 13:34 A new command I give you: love one another. as I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Plans: I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end – Jer 29:11.
Trust the Holy Spirit to help you daily: Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God. Visit the Holy Spirit Baptism page.
Know satan’s schemes, strategies, deceptions to destroy you: 2Co 2:11 Satan should not take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Be an overcomer (victorious): Rev 12:11 They overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (share; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 1Jo 5:4 Everyone born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.
Know that Jesus has given you authority over satanic powers and addictions in His Name: Mar 16:16 In My Name you will cast out devils. Luk 10:19 I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will by any means hurt you.
Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, (symbol of authority) and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Luk 9:1 Jesus gave the 12 disciples power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases.
Luk 10:17 The seventy returned with joy and said, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your Name.
Know that Jesus loves you and wants you free from addictions: Gal 1:4 Jesus gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. Gal 2:20 Jesus loves you and He gave Himself for you. 1Pe 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
Promise God you will testify and praise Him for saving you from your addictions: Jer 17:14 Heal me Lord and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved; for You are the One I praise.
Frank’s testimony: Visit the Biography page to read Frank’s miraculous testimony. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; old things have passed away; all things have become new – 2 Cor 5:17.
Testimonies from people who attended Frank’s services: Visit the Testimonies page to read how Jesus miraculously saves, heals, and delivers people from addictions today. Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Withdrawal symptoms from addictions:
When you give up an addiction there can be side effects. The side effects can last for several days or weeks, depending on the type of addiction. But know that, God will deliver you. Heb 10:23 He is faithful that promised. He will also give you the strength you need. Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Belew are some of the common side effects when giving up an addiction:
- Guilt, shame.
- Brain fog.
- Aches, pains, headaches.
- Tiredness, weakness, fatigue, insomnia.
- Mood swings.
- Cravings for your addiction.
Jesus will never leave you or forsake you, He is with you always (Heb 13:5; Mat 28:20).
What Jesus has done for others, He will do for you!