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Christianity and addiction

How to win the spiritual war on drugs

Our culture is neck-deep in a war on drugs—prescription drugs being on the front line. In our society, the war is physical. Laws being made and broken, drugs being bought and stolen. But if you’ve experienced drug addiction, you know there is another war being fought within your mind and heart.

It’s only within ourselves this war can be truly won. Physical help is becoming readily available for the physical symptoms of drug addiction. But true freedom cannot be experienced until the spiritual war within is won. Christian help for drug addiction is available.

A young woman by the name of Ashley understood all too well this spiritual battle. She wrote a poem from the evil perspective of drugs—from Satan’s perspective. It’s both heartbreaking and absolute truth.

As a pharmacist, an addict, and a Christian, I’ve seen both sides of addiction, both physically and spiritually. I’ve written a poem—a rebuttal if you will—in contrast to Ashley’s poem.

From the knowledge I’ve been able to learn about Ashley, she died shortly after this poem was written. I pray that she was able to experience the other side of addiction as I have. If you are in the midst of addiction, please take to heart what I have written here—both Ashley’s poem and mine—so that you can see you are not in a hopeless situation. Through the blood of Jesus, drug addiction can be overcome.

The War on Drugs: Satan vs. Jesus

Satan: “I can destroy homes and tear families apart,
Take away your children, and that’s just the start.
I’m more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold;
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold. “

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Jesus: “I build homes in love and bond families together,
Bless you with children who’ll love you forever.
I’m worth more than diamonds, rubies, or gold,
But my love is free, and one to behold. “

Satan: “If you need me remember, I’m easily found.
I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich and I live with the poor.
I live down the street, and maybe next door.”

Jesus: “If you need me remember, I’m easily found.
I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich and I live with the poor.
I live down the street, and even next door.”

Satan: “My power is awesome, Try me, you’ll see.
But if you do, you may never break free.
Just try me once and I might let you go.
But try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.

Jesus: “My love is unending, just give me a chance.
Once you experience me, I’m your greatest romance.
You many accept me once, though you don’t understand,
But once you know me, you’ll never let go of my hand.”

Satan: “When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie.
You’ll do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you’ll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms.

Jesus: “When you choose me as Savior, your soul will transform.
But you still live in a world that is tattered and worn.
Temptation will greet you with wide-open arms,
To lure you with pleasures that will only cause harm.

Satan: “You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad.
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised.
I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.

Jesus: “Your mom and your dad will be leery of change.
The temptations you chased have caused them great pain.
If you are diligent, seeking me each day,
Your heart and your soul will guide you my way. “

Satan: “I take kids from parents, and parents from kids;
I turn people from God and isolate them from friends.
I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride.
I’ll be with you always, right by your side.”

Jesus: “I give kids to parents and parents to kids,
I give them a home—a home where I live.
I give and I give until hearts overflow,
Then watch them share love and see how it grows. “

Satan: “You’ll give up your family, your friends and your home.
You’ll lose all your money, and you’ll be alone.
I’ll take and take, till you have nothing to give.
When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.”

Jesus: “Your family you’ll see through a new set of eyes.
What you once thought controlling is love in disguise.
The rules, the punishments and boundaries you hate
You’ll see as protection from an unwanted fate.”

Satan: “If you try me be warned, this is no game.
If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.
I’ll ravish your body; I’ll control your mind.
I’ll own you completely; your soul will be mine. “

Jesus: “I do not promise a life full of ease.
This sinful world is impossible to please.
But I promise to be with you every step of the way,
Until finally eternity we’ll share together one day.”

Satan: “Nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed.
Voices you’ll hear from inside your head.
The sweats, the shakes, and the visions you’ll see—
I want you to know, they’re all gifts from me.”

Jesus: “Peaceful sleep I give you when you lie in your bed.
Sweet voices of angels will sing in your head.
When you drift to that in-between conscious-less state,
I’ll have my arms around you, keeping you safe till you wake.”

Satan: “When it’s too late, you’ll know in your heart,
You are all mine, and we shall not part.
You’ll regret that you tried me; they always do;
But you came to me, not I to you.”

Jesus: “It’s never too late—you must know in your heart;
And once you are mine, we will never part.
People may mock you, they usually do.
But when all’s said and done, they’ll wish they had me too.”

Satan: “You knew this would happen; many times you were told.

But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.
You could have said no and just walked away;
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?”

Jesus: “You’ll see your friends making all the wrong choices;
They were warned, same as you, not to listen to wrong voices.
They will regret with much fear and shame
They did not choose to carry my name.”

Satan: “I’ll be your master; you’ll be my slave.
I’ll even go with you when you go to your grave.
Now that you’ve met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you.”

Jesus: “If you choose me, my child you’ll forever be.
There’s nothing about you that I cannot see.
I created you to love and that’s just what I’ll do.
So won’t you choose me? It’s all up to you. “

Satan: “I can bring you more misery than words can tell.
Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.

Jesus: “When I live inside you, you will desire my way
And when in Heaven we meet, ‘Well done,’ I will say.”

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14 Responses to “Christianity and addiction
Bob E
6:01 pm January 25th, 2013

Our spiritual self requires fuel, just like our physical self requires food and water. That spiritual food I speak of is the Word of God. For mankind to have all that life has to offer we must fuel our spiritual being as well.

jeanne
12:38 am January 26th, 2013

Very powerful. Thank you, Celeste for sharing where you’ve been with transparency. You have a heart to free others bound by the invisible chains of addiction and I believe God has given you a platform to do it with wisdom and grace.

My heart goes out to this young girl and those like her. May they find the One who brings freedom to the captive…Jesus

Elaine
1:21 am January 26th, 2013

After you have read, read again & again-very slowly.

Vonda Skelton
2:16 am January 26th, 2013

Wow, what a picture of the warfare going on around all of us. I’m so sorry this dear sister lost her battle.

Elizabeth B. Meaders
4:51 am January 26th, 2013

I find it hard to express how good I think this poem is. Thanks so much for adding the “Jesus” side for the hope it brings to those who’ve endured addiction, been enslaved to drugs, have given up.

Ellen Andersen
2:00 pm January 26th, 2013

Very good Celeste. Great contrast between Satan’s temptations and Jesus’ promises.

Carolyn Knefely
2:10 pm January 26th, 2013

Amazing insight! Thank you for sharing this encouraging poem from your heart and experience.

Write on!

Belinda Smith
5:59 pm January 26th, 2013

Beautiful poem – nicely written. I like the way you interspersed yours with the original writer’s poem. Kind of like the dualling banjoes between Satan and God!

Carol Weeks
7:14 pm January 26th, 2013

Very powerful to see evil being answered constantly by good. Very well done…

Liz Cowen Furman
6:07 am January 27th, 2013

I love it that it is NEVER TOO LATE!
Good one Addiction Blog.

Patsy Dalton-Sutherland
4:01 pm January 28th, 2013

I am so proud of you and glad to know that you are writing for this site. I will certainly be looking here daily. I am definitely going to copy this and several others to send to John. He is in jail right now so his heart is open to spritual things. Pray that this will be the last jail time and that God will give him that freedom that he wants and needs but can’t seem to reach on his own.

Cyn Rogalski
10:32 pm January 28th, 2013

Powerful…powerful…powerful.
Well done.
the enemy knows his time is short…

Jerry
1:09 am January 29th, 2013

Thank you for your post! Satan is real and we must be prepared to meet him with God’s Word. I would like to also suggest a great read to any who may be struggling with addiction to sin. The book is called, Big Problem Bigger Solution (12 Steps to Overcoming Your Addiction to Sin). May God bless You!

Celeste Vaughan
12:55 am January 30th, 2013

Wow! I’m overwhelmed with all of the comments! I think they go through moderation so they all just appeared at once :)

Thank you so much for taking time to comment. It is such an encouragement. Sometimes when I write I feel like it just disappears out into the universe somewhere!

The spiritual war on drugs is definitely one to be fought, and so much of it needs to be fought BEFORE addiction occurs. Share this with your children…middle and high school. That’s where it often begins. I share much truth on my blog on the facts, chemistry, psychology, and horror of addiction. You can find me at http://www.celestialprescriptions.com.

The BEST treatment for addiction is awareness and prevention. For some people unfortunately it could be the only treatment.

God Bless all of you for your encouragement!

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About Celeste Vaughan

Celeste Vaughan is the author of Celestial Prescriptions. She graduated from the USC College of Pharmacy and settled comfortably into her life as a pharmacist, wife, and mom of three children. After 14 years working as a pharmacist, Celeste found herself on the other side of the counter and suffered for 7 years with seizures, depression and prescription drug addiction. On September 25, 2010 God intervened in her life and changed her forever.

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