The devil does not have the ability to create. He can only manipulate and twist the perception of what God has already brought into existence. Feelings of peace, love, excitement, and adrenaline are all God given feelings that He wants us to experience. The devil expedites those feelings in the form of a pill, powder, or plant. He puts doubt in our mind that God does not want us to enjoy these feelings. Falling into temptation is fulfilling a legitimate want/desire in illegitimate, temporary ways.
In Matthew 16:13, Jesus asks his disciples, ‘”Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
The devil steals the glory of God by giving it a different name. He steals things that are holy and claims them for his own, manipulates them, and injects doubt, questions, and guilt. He robs the innocence of love by making it lust, achievement with gluttony and greed, gifting and miracles into pride, fellowship into envy, the sabbath day with sloth, and valid emotions into anger.
So what can we do to outsmart the devil?
It is important to understand that addicts have been deceived and manipulated by the devil. They are victims that need help, love and understanding. God commands us to love, not judge. (Luke 6:37-42) We are all children of God with stories, worries, and sorrows… we cannot assume or look at people as statistics. We must invest in one another and walk along side, discipling each other through life.
Pray for healing – God is stronger than any addiction!
We must remind victims that they are forgiven, clean, and pure before God, once we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of out lives. Jesus is not a God of condemnation. He accepts us and wants to walk with us through the hard times as well as the good.
Be smart… if you are someone who has struggled with addiction in the past, it may not be the smartest to help addicts in that environment. It is common to feel a connection towards those who suffer from things we once suffered from, but we must use wisdom and discernment and seek professional help if need be.