Victory For Smokers

August 21, 2014

Victory For Smokers

            I feel sorry for people who are slaves to cigarettes.  Many of them would like to quit, but they lack either will-power or the knowledge of how to do it.  Some have tried to stop, but the habit was so strong that they went back to it.

I have various reasons for not smoking.  I Corinthians  3:16-17 says “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?   If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”  Since my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I shouldn’t corrupt it.

If someone ask me, “Why don’t you smoke?” I would have no difficulty in answering them.  To the contrary, if I was a smoker and someone asked me “Why do you smoke?” it would be hard to give them a good answer.

The few times that someone has offered me a cigarette I have never been ashamed to say, “No thanks.” Not smoking gives me no reason for worry or anxiety.  I never worry about whether I’m doing damage to my health by not smoking.  I have never regretted that I never learned to smoke.  I’m still free.  I have never known the frustration people go through in trying to quit smoking.  I have no desire to be enslaved to a little handful of weeds wrapped in tissue paper.  I’m not willing to exchange my freedom, my health, or my money for the satisfaction or sensation I would get from the smoke of burning weeds.

I wasn’t born with the smoking habit.  Smoking wouldn’t have added anything to the happiness I enjoyed in my childhood and youth.  As far as I can tell, I have suffered no loss by not smoking.

Only twice in my life have I ever bought a pack of cigarettes.  Shortly after I graduated from high school I bought a pack of cigarettes.  I smoked a few of them and threw the rest of them down the hole in an outdoor toilet at the ranch where I was working.  I decided I wasn’t getting enough satisfaction out of it to make it work keeping them.  I bought another pack of cigarettes during my ministry in Argentina to illustrate the folly of smoking in a class of young people.  I don’t remember what I did with them afterwards.

If you are a smoker, you will need to pay a price to join those of us who don’t smoke.  You were once with us.  We would like to welcome you back.  The first time you stopped being a non-smoker it only cost you a few cents.  Since then you have gone on paying.  When you left our company you probably didn’t think about the price you would pay for being a smoker.  What do you have to show for what you have paid?  There is a price to pay to join us again.  For some time you may find it hard to concentrate.  It could be that your hands will tremble from nervous attacks.  You may also suffer from depression.  Few would be willing to submit to this mental and physical anguish without being convinced that what was to be gained was well worth it.  For that reason, I want to give you some reasons for gaining victory over the habit.

First of all, there is the economic reason.  The fact that a pack of cigarettes every once in a while is within your budget is deceiving.  It doesn’t seem like you are spending all that much.  If you were to add up how much you are spending monthly, yearly, or even in your life, I think you would be surprised.  Try to estimate how much longer you expect to live and think of what you could add to your life with that money.

It is well confirmed medically that smoking is a health hazard.  Many die prematurely because of smoking.  Cigarette smoke is toxic and creates problems in the lungs.  Statistics show that smokers are ten times more likely to die of lung cancer than those who don’t.  Isn’t that sufficient reason for quitting smoking?

Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible to quit smoking.  It is possible just by human effort, but with God’s help it is even easier.  If you are a child of God, you need to confess the habit as sin and ask God to take it away.  You most likely won’t do that unless you sincerely want victory enough to do your part.

Smoking was not a habit when the Bible was written.  For that reason, it isn’t mentioned in the Bible.  Apart from the fact that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, there are other reasons for believing that smoking is sin.  The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” He determined not to be brought under the power of anything.  The smoker is brought under the power of the cigarette.  No one is truly free if he is enslaved by an addiction.  John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Smoking is a slavery you can get victory over.

God has promised to give you victory.  You can claim the victory over smoking.  There are promises you can claim.  Here are some of them:

  • Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
  • Psalm 84:11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
  • II Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

My friend, it doesn’t matter how long you have been smoking; it’s been too long.  It’s time to quit.  Many have quit.  You can too.  You need to quit for your own wellbeing and that of your loved ones.  You need to quit because your smoke is a hazard to non-smokers around you.  It’s time to quit.  There is victory in Christ.

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