I have always been a self-disciplined person, so practicing the spiritual disciplines came easily to me. I know that we all have unique personalities with a variety of strengths and weaknesses, but I cannot stress enough the power of scripture study, prayer, and meditation.
As a special education teacher, I also know that not everyone can read every book that I recommend on my blog, but most of these books can be listened to as well as read so that the truth of God’s word can sink deeply into your mind and heart.
Take a moment to examine the triangle. The supernatural workings of his Holy Spirit is at the top, and it truly is God’s grace that changes us. But he uses our times with him and the circumstances of our lives (two bottom corners of the triangle) to mold us and create the mind of life and peace that we find in Christ alone.
Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and Beth Moore are my favorite authors for scripture study, and they have all addressed specifically the problem of addiction in their teachings.
I began a prayer journal a year and a half ago in which I have collected scriptures from my Bible studies that I pray over my life daily. As these verses have sunk deeply into my soul, my times of prayer have increased and my addiction continued diminishing until it finally broke.
Or as Willard says on page 144 of “Divine Conspiracy”, “It is the inner life of the soul that we must aim to transform, and then behavior will naturally and easily follow.”
I do not know how long this process will take for you; I only know that it will happen as you continue to come to the life giver.