YOU ONLY NEED TO REPENT
The decision to turn away from the drugging lifestyle only requires repentance. You see, we can fool others, and we can fool ourselves and people can devise all sorts of deep-rooted reasons why people take drugs, but God sees it as it is and people take drugs because they decide to. That decision is based on what they choose to believe at the moment they cross the line, and everyone knows they are crossing the line. Deep down in our hearts, we know when we are about to enter into disobedience. Eve chose to believe Satan’s lie when she desired to eat the forbidden fruit. She knew it was wrong but having listened to Satan’s twisted reasoning, she chose to believe him rather than to obey God. Sure her act brought about the consequences of disease and death and this is the case as well with drug addiction, but that does not make the original act a disease does it? It was an act of the will that catapulted mankind into the cycle of sin.
And therefore God requires repentance from sin no matter in which from sin exercises the greatest bondage on the soul. The freedom to choose is still there, even though the emotions and the mind is in bondage. Why else would God say the following in Deuteronomy:
30:14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it
30:15 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil
30:16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess
30:17 But if your [mind and] heart turn away and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them
30:18 I declare to you today that you shall surely perish, and you shall not live long in the land which you pass over the Jordan to enter and possess
30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before your life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live
THE ALMIGHTY WILL HEAL US
God would not ask for something we cannot do as is clear from verse 14. Therefore the real hope of the addict who is in the process of being Biblically counselled is the fact that his addiction is not some incurable disease brought on by external circumstances over which he has no control. He is promised by almighty God that if he chooses to put his heart and mind into the will of God, God would change him from the inside out with the same power He used to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse lepers and forgive our sins. God will change us through the power of His Holy Spirit which penetrates our hearts and minds to renew our thinking. What He asks us to do is to change our belief system from that of our own making into what He prescribes in the Bible. This does mean that we are going to have to break down some mental barriers that we have been hiding.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.