So many Christians are in bondage to addictive behaviors, they want to be free, but don’t know how. One such young woman came forward for ministry at a healing conference in Kentucky. Her addiction was cigarettes and it had control over her. But she wanted deliverance and freedom. I laid hands upon her and renounced the spirit of addiction in her, and declared that from now on when she would try to smoke a cigarette she would start to vomit. And she put it to the test. As soon as the service was over she ran outside and took a puff of a cigarette and her body immediately started to vomit on the Church steps. Her body now rejected what it once craved. But along with physical deliverance, her soul, mind and emotions, needed to be healed and renewed to remain free from the addiction.

You may be like this woman with an addiction to some type of sinful behavior and need deliverance and renewal of your mind.  So, here is a plan of action from the Scriptures to help you overcome any and all addictive behaviors.

  1. Before you can overcome an addiction you first have to admit that you have a problem and that it is a sin. James 5:16, instructs us to, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (NASB)
  2. Make a quality decision that you will do whatever is necessary to be free from this ungodly behavior. There is a plan to freedom in James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (NKJV)

How do you submit to God and resist the devil?

  • Ask God for forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9
  • Read the Bible and cleanse yourself spiritually.  “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.” Ephesians 5:26
  • Listen to faith building messages. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • Fast and pray for deliverance. “So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”” Mark 9:29
  • Pray in the Spirit to encourage yourself. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 1:20
  • Take control of your thoughts. “… Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • Confess out loud the promises of God over yourself. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
  • Keep your joy level strong. “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”” Nehemiah 8:10
  • Be full of the Holy Spirit. “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20
  • Don’t take on stress or worry. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
  • Be accountable and surround yourself with supportive people. “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”” 1 Corinthians 15:33


A spirit of addition is out to control and destroy you. And to be free you have to make a quality decision that you will do whatever it takes to be delivered from its destructive power. If you will do these things on a daily basis, eventually you will break free from sinful and addictive behaviors. The enemy will flee from you, and the freedom you so desire will be yours.


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6 thoughts on “Biblical Ways to Overcome Addiction

  1. For years now i am suffering from sex addiction, i keep making a stand decision to stop that but cant find myself holding unto that for long. Please i the name of God i need to be delivered from this situation its eating me up day by day.

    1. Rodrique, you need to fill yourself with the power of the Holy Spirit, read the Word, live the Word, pray in the Holy Spirit, and find someone you can be accountable to. Blessings, Becky

  2. Hi Becky. I am struggling to fight my addiction to cocaine. For many years i have cant seem to defeat this demon. I have lost just about everything due to this addiction. My kids no longer want to be around me, i’ve lost my home, car, and i am starting over again. But i can’t seem to break free from this.

    1. Robin, in Jesus’ name, I bind this strongman, demon to cocaine. I renounce its hold upon you. I release the dunumus power of the Holy Spirit to hover over you. And release ministering angels upon your behalf and they cry out the name of Jesus, your deliverer 24/7. I decree that your body that once craved and lived for cocaine, will now reject it in every way. That you will enter into the very presence of God and deliverance will overshadow and overpower you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

  3. My husband is addicted to alcohol & it is affecting his brain & body. What is the best way to pray for him if he doesn’t think he has a problem?
    Thanks, Kathleen

    1. Dear Kathleen, I am sorry to hear of your family’s struggles. #1. Your husband has to recognize his bondage to alcohol. #2. He needs to want to be free. #3. I totally believe in intervention for addicts. (He has to surround himself with supportive people that he can be held accountable to.

      He has a spirit of addiction to alcohol, and probably to other things as well. There is a reason for this, and ONLY the Lord can meet this inner need.

      He can be delivered, healed in spirit, soul, and in physical body. He will have to do his part to get free.

      Hugs in Jesus,

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