(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
Hey. I just recently stopped smoking (marijuana) to further my relationship with Christ, and honestly, I’m struggling. Not at the fact that I want to smoke, but I don’t have anything to replace the smoking with- I usually just end up really bored & tempted to smoke again. Do you have any advice for me?
🙂 WOW that is a huge step. God sees your efforts and it will not go unrewarded. This made me tear up with lots of joy because it’s also rewarding knowing you want to be a better Christian. I don’t know you, but your decision to choose Christ over this struggle is such an inspiration. I’m confident the Lord will be using you to inspire many others. You are so cool. Thank you for coming forward with this and being so transparent.
Please read my reply to anon about entertainment and temptations…http://godfirstgodalways.tumblr.com/post/172319867321/hey-sheela-i-have-something-that-ive-been
I know you are serious with this one thing you want completely out of your life. So you must also get serious with doing whatever it takes to prevent the temptation even happening. I’m putting myself in your shoes and if I were you, I would cut all connections I have with anyone who could help me get back into the habit. If they are family/relatives, I would not spend so much time with them anymore, and instead I would immerse myself in any hobbies/skills/talents I may have. I would put reminders such as positive affirmations on my bedroom walls and maybe even my ceiling. The affirmations can be as simple as “I don’t need to rely on anything to keep me happy. I have Jesus Christ who sustains me and He is enough.” “I will allow the power of Christ to rest on me so my mind will be transformed.” “God will change my desires the more I desire Him.” TAKE A GOOD HALF AN HOUR COMING UP WITH YOUR OWN AFFIRMATIONS. THIS ACTIVITY IS ACTUALLY VERY MOTIVATING THE MORE OFTEN YOU DO IT…(NOT NECESSARILY THE LONGER YOU DO IT.)
If I were you I would also step up with my diet. Do a detox for at least 3 days and consider taking supplements like Ashwagandha, Valerian, and St. John’s Wort to help with any anxiety and cravings. I personally have tried all three because I used to have anxiety and I recommend them because they have definitely worked for me. I no longer take them because I’ve improved my diet and I only take multivitamins, fish oils, antioxidants, and a PMS supplement. If you don’t already workout, do cardio like HIIT everyday for at least 30 minutes. Exercise will remind you how good it feels to be healthy. Even after only 5-10 min. of running, you’ll be motivating yourself to keep going and follow through by eating healthy. There are essential oils you can get like grapefruit, chamomile, and basil. According to some studies they help with marijuana cravings. You might find them helpful by bringing a bottle with you wherever you go and try smelling the aroma throughout the day.
I would also sit down and take time to answer some questions I’ll ask myself. ie..
1. How will not smoking help me with my relationship with God? Be specific.
2. What are the triggers that lead me to be tempted? …when I see someone else smoking? …when I smell it in public? …when I see others who are high? …when someone mentions it (in person, on tv, on radio?).
3. How much money will I be saving weekly/monthly by cutting it out? How can that money I save help me?
4. What can I do with any free time I have to improve my relationship with God? …listen to Christian music? …read the Bible/Christian books? …listen to Christian podcasts on apps/sermons on YT? …journal about my day/write specific things about anything positive that happened?
5. Do I think an active prayer life will help me overall stay focused and motivated? If so, what will remind me to pray more often? What can I do different each day that will help me be more disciplined about praying?
I believe this short activity will make you more aware of situations when you might be tempted, so if you’re ever surrounded by any of these triggers, you will be prepared to remember your goal, and do something about it, so you will not just go with the flow and end up smoking again. You can make this a journal entry and something you can read over to review. You can also reevaluate yourself for any progress…daily or weekly. Monitor your cravings everyday, every week. And also record any successes you may have because of your progress. This will help you stay in tune with yourself and so you know where you stand in your relationship with God. If you give in to temptation, own up to your mistake and start over again. He sees your effort and because you’re depending on the Lord to get you through this, no doubt He will strengthen you to keep pushing no matter what.
I ALMOST FORGOT, IF YOU ARE TRULY SERIOUS ABOUT QUITTING, THROW AWAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE THROWN AWAY FOR GOOD. LEAVE NO TRACES OF IT IN YOUR HOME. I hope this helped. Thank you for this. You’re in my prayers tonight. God bless you always sis! <3
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)