Monday, April 15, 2019

Freedom from Addictive Behaviors (Declarations)

(Frost on my car window)

Yesterday morning at Redeemer I preached on Palm Sunday as the day when the Rescuer, the Deliverer, the Savior, the Bondage Breaker, rode into Jerusalem, as the Passover-infused Jews were singing "Hoshiya-na" ("Rescue us!") out of the Great Hallel (Psalms113-118).

At the end of my message, and before our people ministered and prayed for may of our people (plus some words of knowledge I gave to individuals God pointed out to me), I led us in saying aloud these declarations. (From Steve and Wendy Backlund, who will be with us in September!)

Whatever is true... think on such things, right?

Think on your real identity, as a new creation.

Print these out, carry them, say them, over and over.




“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

              I am not who my past experience says I am; I am who God says I am.
              I am not destined to struggle with the same addictions my parents or grandparents were bound by.
              At the cross I was made a new creation; therefore, I do not have to be influenced by any baggage of the past.
              I have been set free and released from all bondage through what Jesus has done for me.
              Every day I make the choice to walk in the freedom Jesus paid for me.
              I am free from condemnation, and during temptation I find God’s strength working mightily in me.
              Today is the day of my breakthrough — I am free!
              Every generational curse was broken at the cross; therefore, I am victorious and free from addiction.
              I have powerful people in my life to help me walk in freedom.
              I am healed from every root that would cause me to walk in addictive behaviors.

(BTW - This is not "name it and claim it." 

It is PaulineFinally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8)

It is better than thinking on what is false, what is ignoble, what is wrong, what is impure, what is disgusting, what is shameful. Correct?

And, as I have written here ("The Pauline Thinking Cure and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy"), I see similarities between Pauline declarations and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.)