Does God reject me cause I can't quit smoking?? Answers Plz
I'm a born again Christian smoker (Born again on January 2nd).. The other day one of my co-workers offered me some advice, he said "Addiction is a sin and the Holy Spirit cannot live inside of a smoker cause good and evil cannot live in the same body together." --
I've been a moderately-somewhat heavy smoker for 5 years but after he explained this to me, I decided to quit and asked God to help me.. This was a few days ago, well since then I admit I haven't been able to quit cold turkey.. But with the help of God along with a whole lot of will power to please Him and keep salvation, I went from smoking half a pack (about 10 cigarettes) a day to only smoking 1-2 (so far only 1 1/2) cigarettes a day INSTANTLY.. After listening to my co-worker, I went home, finished the rest of my cigarette I had put out half way earlier that day, and that was it for the entire day (that was 2 days ago). Yesterday I only smoked 1 1/2 the entire day and today so far I've only smoked 1..
But when I light it up I feel extremely guilty cause I feel like by continuing to smoke, that I'm rejecting His help and I feel like a disgrace. After hearing what my co-worker had to say about smoking and the Holy Spirit I went from half a pack a day to less than 2 a day right away cause I'm having trouble with cold turkey.. It's only been 3 days..I'm taking the step cause I want to please the Lord and make Him happy, but I'm ashamed cause I shouldn't smoke at all.. I feel like God might feel it isn't good enough
Smoking addiction does not have greater power than the blood of Jesus Christ. You aren't good enough for God. No one is (not even the guy at work) and that is why we needed Jesus to be the sacrifice in our place. We cannot accomplish our own salvation.
Give yourself a little slack. You have made great progress in just a very few days and I'm sure that will continue. But in the meanwhile, relax, your soul is not in jeopardy because you smoke.
Just a few facts for you...
1. Smoking is bad, Yes... But there are worse things, like not knowing Christ, not knowing His wisdom, not hearing him, not seeing him, not following him. Jesus said "its not what goes in the mouth, its what comes out of the mouth". Did you know, living in a city walking to work, one hour per day, you get more damage to your lungs than if you had 30 smokes per day.
2. Sin is bad, Yes. But did you know its the friut of sin that holds us back. The fruit of sin is the weapon of Satan. Guilt, being ashamed, feelings of not worthy etc etc. These fruits of sin is what holds us back from Christ. Christ says come and we hold our heads down and back off. God hates the sin, yes, but He loves the sinner, because God knows we are trying everyday. Its why Jesus came for us, so we could get help to overcome the friuts of sin. Sin itself will always be there, its the friuts of sin we need to watch. Look to Christ, not yourself. Pay no attention to wouldbe if I could bees, they too are unders the friuts of sin in other ways.
3. In Jesus all things can take place, not just a few things we beleive. We often limit Jesus, God to our understandings, its our human nature to do that. But in Christ, all things cand be done, even the things we don't understand.
4.rest your soul my friend, rest it so Jesus can fix it. its all to easy for us all to run around like headless chooks and never see or feel his power in our lives. Remember this poem..
As children bring their broken toys
With tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
With ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
"How could you be so slow"
"My child," He said, "What could I do?
You never did let go."
Robert J. Burdette
Just rest your soul, give it rest and know God loves you. Jesus if here in body would say to you "Love, forgiveness, hope and faith, to do this well you must achieve this within yourself first for yourself, before you can give it away to others" So love yourself, forgive yourself, have hope for better days in Him (Trust) and have faith in Him (Small tip: faith in not belief, faith is trusting in the unseen things of God, the things we don't know about Him)
God bless my friend, stay in Christ and drop the giult feelings, its satans way of keeping you from God.
As a fifty-year smoker who, over the past two years, has struggled to cut back from 2 1/2 to 3 packs a day to about one, and who hopes eventually to quit entirely, I'd say the Holy Spirit is very much alive in you! From half a pack to two or three in the space of days? Good work! But it's made possible only through that Spirit.
If the Holy Spirit can't live within a sinner, then the Holy Spirit lives in none of us. Not you, not me, not the apostles, not Saint Francis, not Mother Teresa. The Holy Spirit is here specifically to enable us to accept Christ's gift of forgiveness and redemption. One way he does that is by showing you that you can not attain righteousness by your own efforts.
Addiction is not sin. It's what we do because we're addicted that is sinful. Check your community for stop-smoking support groups and programs, check out the Quit Smoking thread in the Recovery section. God has provided people and programs to help you. You'll get there!
That guilt you feel is what you are supposed to feel when you sin. God will never reject you, but you can by disobeying him. Remember, Christianity is a relationship. Jesus wants you to have a prayer life, bible life, and obeying his commandments. The love of Jesus should compel you to stop all sinful choices.
BobW188, very well said.
The scripture states that "outwardly we are wasting away, but INNWARDLY we are being renewed day by day." Jesus works and wills in us to accomplish His will. We are unable to do this on our own. Thank the Lord it's His power at work in us to change us to be what He desires us to be. He gets the credit. He does not change us over night, but day by day into His image.
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John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to Me,
John 6:44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,
John 17:9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me,
Romans 4:5But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
1 Cor. 6:9Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Romans 12:1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
That being said, I know the hell and torment of trying (and failing) to quit smoking. There are a number of addictions being satisfied by your habit (physical, mental & emotional). Understanding this and dealing with this "3-headed monster" will enable you to quit smoking.
The Physical Addiction: Cigarettes contain nicotine, which creates a mild feeling of euphoria when inhaled. Withdrawal from this drug will cause people a variety of discomforts (headaches, irritability, anxiety, anguish, insomnia, etc.).
There are a number of chemical substitutes that can reduce or eliminate most of the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Using one of these will greatly decrease your chances of relapsing. The nicotine patch is probably the most effective and hassle-free method of weaning oneself from nicotine.
The Mental Addiction: Whether you realize it or not, your mind has conditioned your body to provide you with a cigarette through association with various events in your day-to-day life. You might be familiar with the good morning smoke, the morning coffee smoke, the after meal smoke, the leaving the house smoke, the getting into the car smoke, the bus stop smoke, the morning break smoke, or the bedtime smoke. There are many others.
Even if you are successful in weaning yourself off nicotine, your mind will still prompt your body to light up out of habit. To deal with this, people will often hold and chew pencils or stuff their faces with food when the urge strikes. If you go the food route, I recommend carrying around a bag of carrots or some other low-cal veggie in your purse. Nobody ever got fat eating carrots. The mental addiction will subside over time, though every once in a while, your mind will prompt you to light up.
The Emotional Addiction: You may have noticed that people will reach for a cigarette when they are angered, upset, or stressed out. This is because nicotine has a mellowing effect on people's nerves. Many people have relapsed after quitting smoking when some event in their lives "sets them off."
It is very important to have a substitute routine for dealing with these emotional triggers. It could be a long walk, screaming into a pillow, working out or calling a friend. It can also be helpful to remind yourself the pain and misery quitting smoking has caused you and that it is something that you never want to go through again.
I smoked for 13 years and became a chain smoker. I used nicotine gum to help me quit and haven't had a cigarette since the summer of 1994.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Last edited by spidergains; 12th January 2010 at 01:03 PM.
Don't be disappointed .. I used to smoke also...but i beat it by going to the Gym consistently. You might try and go the the Gym to work out.. you get some real good releases of endorphins, that seem to calm your nerves..