Triggers, Phobias, Coping mechanisms, Bad habits and Destructive thought patterns – All have something in common. They are things that gain power over our lives because we have not submitted them to God. We walk in darkness to entertain them and in so doing we are giving power to them, in other words, we are giving in to sin to reign in our lives.
Temptation is not a sin, but when we act on it we sin as we are told in James-
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. James 1:15-16
In the case of triggers, they become a force in our lives usually through someone else’s sin against us to which we have not submitted to the Lord. To gain freedom from the power that has taken over in us, we must first acknowledge the sin. So in the instance of an angry and abusive father causes us to become angry also. When we are around men who are in authority we have a hard complying let alone liking them! We go to that sinful place of our relationship with our father and acknowledge our part in allowing the poison that came from our father to infect us – and acknowledge this as sin and seek for the cleansing blood of Jesus’s forgiveness.
Usually, fear is involved. So let’s use fear as an example. ‘I acknowledge that when I experience panic attacks and need to calm myself down by smoking weed, I am sinning when I give in to fear and confess this sin to you Lord. I confess also that I have become dependent on weed to calm me and give to me peace. I ask for your blood to cleanse me of this sin, and wash me. I submit to You and will look to You when fear comes to tempt me again. And will depend on you to be my peace I need.’
1 John 1:7 says; But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Instead of doing or reacting in how we normally, we are exposing the sin and allowing the power of the Light of Jesus into our struggle as we confess it to Him, His blood will wash us of it. The power and hold of sin will not be able to continue if we submit it to God. Our mistake is we often don’t look at the struggles we have as sin. It is to our own advantage that we do! For when He cleanses us, there is nothing there that the enemy can hold on to. For forgiven sin is washed into the sea of God’s love and grace.
The battle will begin the moment we surrender our sin/habit to the Lord, because the enemy now has to try to get us to continue in it to gain a foothold again. If he cannot gain in that area, he will most certainly attempt to get in through another area. We are like sitting ducks and so must be careful to:
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:6-8.
To rewire the beaten path the devil has made in our lives we must develop God’s way to cope and it involves commitment and our will to practice them. The instructions are to:
- Submit to God
- Draw near to God
- Cleanse our hands
- Purify our hearts
When the trigger or old propensity occurs that causes us to go to our old way of coping, we must
- Acknowledge it – as sin.
- Invite God into the place of want
- Pray, and find scriptures to help you get through that moment
- Remove yourself from areas/people that may bring this on
Habits form by doing the same day after day. The only way we will be able to break them is by being diligent and committed to no longer submitting ourselves to them. We must remember Jesus’s instructions to us, that if anything causes us to sin, then we are to cut off our hand or pluck out our eyes to prevent us from sinning against Him; Matt 5:28-30. This will always be painful, at first – but will not last. Prepare for a moment of pain, but also prepare to be finally free.
See Also: Freedom at all Cost