I just recently came back to our Lord Jesus Christ. I had continued to run from the Lord for approximately 19 years. But I had a calling. One of the many habits I picked up in those 19 years was smoking. Like everything before, I could not kick this habit without God's help. I knew I had to give it up, because my relationship with God was being hindered by it.

Many Christians have many things that hinder them from coming closer to the Lord. My hindrance was smoking. I was constantly praying that the Lord remove this hindrance. I was praying bright and early one morning; my mind and heart was in turmoil; I was becoming frustrated. But then the Lord let me remember a sermon my mother told me. A preacher was telling the story about King David when he killed Goliath with the stone. Here is the scripture that came to mind: ! Samuel 17:26 “Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?’”  This scripture kept going around and around in my head.

God was giving me the answer - the ultimate faith I needed. God had already given victory to David even before David walked on the battlefield. Here is the proof of this victory: I Samuel 17:36 “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.”

Notice David knew, he didn't just believe, but he knew that God had already given him the victory; all he had to do was go through the formality of throwing the stone. Then it dawned on me, that all I had to do is to trust Jesus for the victory and then go through the formality of quitting. Jesus has already fought the fight for me. Jesus had already delivered me from smoking; all I had to do was claim it. Remember God always keeps his promises. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9

So at that moment, out loud I committed and believed in my heart, “In the name of Jesus I claim the victory over smoking!” I have not smoked since. Granted I have had temptations, but here are a couple of scriptures that keep me in check:

I Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

It doesn't matter what your hindrance or temptation is, claim the victory in Jesus. It is God's promise to you.
 

The scriptures quoted are from the King James Version of the Bible.
 

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