His parents were religious, and he was raised in the church, went to church with the crowd but never knows or acknowledges the God of the church. He is well aware of the national and world statistics about the impact of smoking on life, family expenses and human health, but guys in his school, office, and in the neighborhood are doing it, so are his friends. He thought he could try it out but never know that it could be an unending fix from hell. His friends told him that all type of smoking feels great and gives its victims an internal high feeling without a change in their physical stature regardless of what it was they were smoking. He assumed that putting a cigarette, cigar or weed in his mouth, holding and flicking the lighter for the first time is a proof of adulthood and evidence of been in charge without knowing that he had been sold a lie.
Even though he had seen and could hear the voice of ex-smokers from their hellish experiences on earth who were agonising and suffering in the hand of the toxic of nicotine released into their bodies from smoking but they wish had never had a first stab at the destructive, killing habits or those crying from their grave like the rich man in hell saying to the smokers, don’t have a go at it, so that you don’t journey to the route of diminishing sense of smell and taste, smokers cough, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and other related health issues they were facing but it was too late for they were on their way out or dead.
Yet he believed in his friends rather than the voice of those sufferers, assuming that he is strong enough to deal with the first itching in his lungs or coughing hoping that once he can get going, he would be sailing on the pleasure of smoking rather than its related pain. Little did he know that what started off as an offer from friends without any associated cost, apart from what he considered the likely risk of coughing could invariably cause a long-term damage.
It started free, but he never knew that the prize of addiction to nicotine could outweigh its price; the immediate pleasure of smoking could outweigh the long term pain caused by pollution or corrosion to his clean, clear and unpolluted lungs. He is now hooked up to that destructive habit, what he thought could not have a negative impact on him has inflicted all manner of affliction on his lifestyle, health and he has receded in a world of his own but crying out for help and a way-out. What is the way out?
Like others, he tried his hand on the patches and continued with an unending investment on patches that never delivered the expected result. Just like it sounds, patch of whatever sort is like casting out the devil with the spirit of Beelzebub, sewing of a new garment into an old garment for both to eventually tear, solving internal problem with external means which is not out rightly wrong as a methodology for cure but worse, as the provided solution is not nicotine free but adds small doses of nicotine externally to the blood stream rather than inhaling the nicotine via smoking with the hope of dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. The medical solution has not produced and will never produce a 100% cure to the nicotine addicts. Why patching it, it’s not working, Stop it!’
It is not an issue affecting one or many it is a national crisis, for statistics documented by “Vanderbilt University Health Psychology home document an article on ‘The Real story behind the Nicotine Patch and Smoking Cessation By: Amy Renshaw” shows that 500,000 North Americans die each year of smoking related diseases and that smoking cuts life expectancy by more than 14 years, yet more than 1/3 of the adult population of the world (1.1 billion) continues this addictive and dangerous habit” while “Statistics on smoking, England – 2013 [NS] Publication dated 15th August 2013 key facts” confirmed that UK household expenditure on tobacco has more than trebled from £4.8 billion in 1980 to £18.7 billion in 2012. There were approximately 1.6 million hospital admissions, in England in 2011/12, among adults aged 35 and over with a primary diagnosis of a disease that can be caused by smoking. The annual number of admissions has been rising steadily since 1996/97, when the number of such admissions was 1.1 million. Also indicated the success rate of medical intervention through the use of patches as 5.9% over a period 6 weeks and 2.8% over a period of 24 weeks for participant that gets the patch and are paying for it” It implies that most victims of smoking habits are not paying for the patch and it has an effect on our national economy. Are you affected? Everyone is if it is affecting our nation and our world, it could also affect our nations tomorrow.
Beloved, is this young man your son or your husband or your father, it could have been you, your sister, mother or wife, who is enslaved by habits that has taking over your life, your health or work even though it started innocently, and you are looking for a way out. The medical solution of nicotine patches or Placebo patches that has minimum success rate might not have worked in your case, or the homeopathic solution might have failed to deliver what was promised or provide you a rescue from the deadly habit. I have good news for you, try Christ today, Christ offers to every sufferer’s total deliverance from all habits and total cure which he has secured for those who know him through his death burial and resurrection.
How can I access it? BY FAITH:
You can take the first step by believing and receiving the gift of God’s Love to you through Christ Jesus and be born again, rather than been just a church goer. John 3:16
Having accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you must believe that you are now a child of God “for as many have believed him to them that received Him, he has given power to become the sons of God”. John 1:12
Put on Christ as you publicly identify with Him through the baptism of immersion in water, publicly, professing your identification to Christ death, burial and resurrection through baptism of water. It affords you the ability to die to your old ways of the flesh which includes your habits, and enable you to embrace the life of the spirit in Christ Jesus that produces life in you. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” 2 Cor 5:17-18.
Embrace internal cleansing and freedom by continued study of the Word of God and be filled with the Holy Spirit for your body is now the temple of God and the spirit of God is in you. So your body does not need to polluted or defiled any more by the desire of the fleshly habits that could lead into sickness, destruction and death. Joh 8:32-36, 1 Cor 6:19-20
Live lives of the spirit put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh and its lustful desires. Rom 13:14
- Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. [1 Cor 6:19-20 NIV]
- But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. [Rom 13:14 NIV]
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [Rom 6:3 NIV]