Dec 06

Well, I do not have a 5 or 10-step program for this one, but I have a personal testimony of divine deliverance. For me, this was the hardest thing I ever did.

As a professing Christian, I struggled with smoking cigarettes for about 5 years before I finally found deliverance from God. I knew smoking cigarettes was wrong, I knew it was sinful, but I was completely powerless. I hid my habit and did not smoke around other Christians.

As a professing Christian, I was very ashamed of my smoking habit, even though I had the Sunday superintendent from the congregation I attended tell me once, when he caught me buying a package of cigarettes, that I had my sin and he had his sin, and God understood.

I always hated the sin of smoking and always wanted to be free. I had prayed so many prayers, repented so many times, and wept so many tears, it wasn’t funny.

So here is how it happened. I went to a holiness camp meeting sponsored by the “Faith and Victory” group, where I had a good talk with a minister by the name of Merrel Smith. This was the first time I ever heard that there were Christians who taught you had to forsake all sin and live a holy life by the grace of God to get to heaven.

So I confronted him by telling him I smoked, and that I was very sure I was saved. God had delivered me from a rough street life of immorality and drugs, and without a doubt I had made some major changes in my life. He asked me if I knew smoking was sin, and I told him, of course it was sin. He then told me that if I left this place and went and smoked again, that I would not be saved.

Wow! Now that was judgment: I was floored. I asked him to step outside the dining room where we were all talking, and as soon as we stepped out where we were by ourselves, I start to tell him, with weeping, how I wanted to free. We walked down to the chapel on Charis Campground and knelt at the prayer bench and I prayed.

I do not remember what I said, but I sure do remember what God did for me there. God met me and delivered me. I have never smoked another cigarette, nor have I had the desire to; and that was over 25 years ago. God completely took the addiction away, and there was no struggle at all.

I do not understand why some people do not find complete deliverance like I did, but I do know what God has for each person. My heart goes out to all who struggle with this terrible habit; it truly is bondage.

There were a number of things that helped me. First, I felt that if I smoked again, I would be cut off from God. I think this was a wonderful and helpful truth for me. Second, I really really wanted to be free. I was sick of smoking and the guilt that came with. And third is God’s mercy. God just had mercy on poor, weak, sin-laden, sin-sick, Bob Mutch.

So, my dear friend, if you are smoking, the first step is to realize that it is sin. I have only met one professing Christian in the last 5 years who has told me they do not think smoking is sin. Most people know that already. The second step is to realize that any willful sin in your life cuts you off from God. What I mean, is you cannot be saved and live in willful sin.

I do not mean to say you were never saved, but I am saying you cannot have willful sin in your life and be a Christian. You need to get it clear that salvation delivers you completely from sinning, and there is no room whatsoever for sinning. I would suggest you read my article on True Conversion.

After you get clear that real Bible salvation delivers and keeps from sin, you need to find someone who will pray with you and keep you accountable. Find someone who has been delivered from smoking and teaches the free-from-sin experience and has faith that God can and will deliver you.

I am going to meditate on this article a bit more, and perhaps I will add more later.

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12 Responses to “How to Quit Smoking”

  1. 1. Primitive Christianity Says:

    One of the key ingredients in this whole thing of overcoming smoking, or any and every other sin, is faith.
    We must believe that God can, and that He wills. If we do not believe on Him in these areas, then we will be as the 10 spies who said that Canaan would be a super place to live, but that it was impossible to live there because of some giants.
    The gospel of the kingdom is that Jesus has died and resurrected to smash the head of the serpent, which the head represents his authority. “Sin shall no longer have dominion over you!”
    What a gospel!
    Mike

  2. 2. Bob Mutch Says:

    Hi Mike;
    >>>One of the key ingredients in this whole thing of overcoming smoking, or any and every other sin, is faith.

    I completely agree with that.

    Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
    1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
    1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

    I am still not meditating on why some people get completely delivered from smoking and other struggle with it for years.

    With my personal experience it is hard for me to say I got that victory through faith but I see it more of a super natural miracle of God.

    Seeing how salvation is by grace through faith and the Bible teaches that salvation delivers from all sin then it has to be by faith.

    I probably shouldn’t have published the article the way it is but I seem to be always tuning up my posts.

  3. 3. evie Says:

    Please pray fro me to overcome this addiction to smoking. It has been such a terrible place of bondage and is separating me from God. It is also affecting my 8 year old son and probably many other places in my life. It is awful. I relate to your story of prayer, repentance, tears, etc etc trying to get free. It is killing me physically and I stil can’t shake it. My faith seems gone. I am scared. Please pray. God bless you and Merry Christmas.

  4. 4. pramod Says:

    Even I want to quit smoking cigarrate but now I feel its impossible for me, Knowing that by smoking i will not be alive anymore.

  5. 5. Peter B. Says:

    For goodness’ sake! Is everything we might enjoy a sin? Such a puritan ethic is totally unchristian!

    I applaud your giving up smoking.I think it’s a great step forward for you, but it was not a sin, just a habit. Yes, God can give you the strength to break a habit, but YOU have to choose to do so. Give yourself credit for taing the step, but God has nothing to do with your choice – that’s your domain.

    I know I’m late in answering, but then, I usually ignore such blatant stupidity.

  6. 6. bob Says:

    Hi Peter,

    >>>I usually ignore such blatant stupidity.

    I wasn’t sure if you were referring to yourself or the article?

    Bob.

  7. 7. mandy Says:

    Why did that guy tell you if you went and smoked again that you would not be saved??

  8. 8. bob Says:

    Hi Mandy,

    Because that is what he believed.

    Bob.

  9. 9. bob Says:

    Hi Evie,

    Never quite trying to quite. Look to Jesus, pray for faith, pray for deliverance, the problem is always with us, God is able to deliver.

    Bob.

  10. 10. NB Says:

    Thank you! Saved my life..

  11. 11. Anne Stocks Says:

    Hi Bob, yes I can relate to a 14 year smoking addiction but I was sick with a chest infection and the doctor said I had to give up smoking and I did in the flesh. The Doctor asked me 20 years later whether I smoked, I asked didn’t he remember that he told me I had to give it up 20 years ago… he said so when does anyone listen to me! The physical addiction lasts approx 3 days, the habit or emotional dependence much longer and often addiction is like musical chairs you will go on to another addiction and your trapped again. With me it was first eating then the horror of gambling, both very much part of my flesh Nature and had been for a long time, they say with the gambling addiction it leads to either insanity or suicide, Satan gets a strong foothold and so I went from one sin to the next, yes I tried group therapy and for 3 years it worked, I didn’t gamble but I was still sinning and then gambling again and could not stop although I tried everything I thought would help. I finally decided after causing so much heartache to God, my Husband, and myself that I was worthless and not even God could forgive me. I believe this was also because of having had a great deal of abuse and rejection in my life and because I did not understand the true Nature of God because I had been deceived, but I now have no doubts He is Love even in His justice. I hated what I had become and so I decided to throw myself under a Truck but for some reason even though I was in great anguish I thought what if the Driver swerves to miss me and kills someone else, yes I was willing to die but I was not prepared to let anyone be hurt because of my evilness and so I went back to my Hospital room and found a Gideon’s Bible in the draw and I cried out to God to please help me and the Scripture that was in front of me said… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availed much. I remembered a very caring Elder who had been in a Church I went to and I phoned him.

    Continued next post…

  12. 12. Anne Stocks Says:

    Continued …..

    Although shocked and distressed by my fallen state, this Elder Lovingly lead me to real heart repentance, anointing me with oil, and that was when my real walk with the Lord began 14 years ago although my Journey with limited heart understanding had begun from the age of 8, almost 52 years ago.

    I have never gambled since I was anointed and delivered but I was tempted once, I asked Jesus to help me and I had the victory over the Temptation. Within a very short time of my anointing I was Miraculously healed of two life threatening Illnesses which are Medically documented although they have no explanation how they suddenly disappeared and there have been a few other minor healings over the years as well, and a few signs and wonders witnessed by those close to me and not possible to be done or explained by man, so are not counterfeit and I am not Pentecostal and they were something I did not seek for, although Christians were praying for me …. do I think I’m more worthy then others, no in many ways I have sinned greater then anyone I know personally but I believe The Lord knows what we can handle and gives us the strength to endure and He knows what we need. I am still disabled with a condition I was born with thankfully it has progressed slowly but I’m content in knowing I’m being upheld. Also I still suffer the painful consequences of my sinfulness, my earthly husband of 30 years left me 3 years ago but our marriage had been troubled after the gambling, I am still seeking and praying for restoration, I miss him greatly but I know God will work it all out for good and with every part of me I do not want to hurt my Lord or anyone again in anyway, I Love Him so much and I know this is only a fraction of how much He Loves me and I have deep Joy in my heart even if I’m not happy clappy and so at times have a tear in my eye, but I know without a doubt my Spiritual Husband Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour will never forsake or abandon me …. I wash His feet daily and anoint them with perfume not because of sin, but to bring Him Joy.

    Where am I now… Philippians 3:12-14 but I press forward and one day will be able to say 2 Timothy 4:7-8

    Christian Love Anne.

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