In this sermon, part of a series on breaking free, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how to break free from addictions. Here are some excerpts:

Addictions

“In the New York Times some months ago, there was an article that said, ‘Americans seem hooked on the idea of having addictions. These days almost anyone might have an addiction, if not to drugs or alcohol, then to food, cigarettes, exercise, relationships, sex, shopping, sports, work, or video games. Habits that were once called compulsions or just plain weaknesses, are now described as ‘addictions.’ There’s a new bimonthly magazine being published called Life­line America that deals with addictions. It says that more than 200 different kinds of addictions are dealt with now by various groups in America…”

Now this morning I want to lookwith you at how to break free from a habit. Everybody’s got a bad habit. And I want to give you nine steps from God’s Word on how to break a bad habit, and I want to use the acrostic:

B. R. E. A. K. F. R. E. E.

  1. Begin today– not tomorrow, not next week or next month, but right now…
  2. Refuse to blame others. Now this problem is as old as Adam and Eve…
  3. Examine your life. Take a personal inventory. Do an internal audit, a frank evaluation…
  4. Ask Christ to take over your life, because He’s waiting to help. You need a power greater than yourself to help you change, and Christ is the source of power…
  5. Keep away from the temptation… You need to avoid the situations where you are tempted…
  6. Focus on something better. Look at Proverbs 4:23 (Good News Bible)…
  7. Restore broken relationships
  8. Enlist in a support group, because we all need reinforcement. You remember Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 (Good News Bible)?…
  9. Extend myself to others. Read with me 2 Corinthians 1:4 (Good News Bible)…

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Breaking an addiction. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

March 8, 1992

2 Peter 2:19

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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