How to Overcome Shame and Addiction

    This week, I want to discuss something on the more spiritual side of college life, which is the topic of strongholds. A girl recently asked on the PI forum on Facebook about how to overcome shame and how to get delivered of these things that continue to have a “stronghold” on her.

    In college, there are many temptations and things young people face. Many students are challenged with addictions, are possibly offered different drugs or substances, and some people are even addicted to alcohol. Not everyone is faced with these types of strongholds, but it’s important to acknowledge them and to pray for deliverance. God is able to free us from sin and bondage. The Bible says that whom the Son sets free is free indeed.


    So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)


    We don’t have to strive or make these things happen when we surrender addictions and appetites to God. God gives us the grace and ability to control addictions so that they don’t control us. The scriptures say that sin no longer has dominion over us when we receive the Holy Spirit and we believe that the blood that was shed on Calvary by our Messiah and Savior Jesus Christ was enough. The Lord died for us to give us new life.


    For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)


    If you want to be free, you need to ask Jesus to be Lord of your life, surrendering everything you have. Give all of your burdens and shame to the Lord. There is forgiveness and freedom in Christ Jesus our Lord. The power of the resurrection is that the old life has been buried (the addictions, strongholds, old patterns and behaviors), and the new life in the Lord Yeshua has come.


    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

    You were living in your sins and lawless ways. But in fact you were dead. You used to live as sinners when you followed the ways of this world. You served the one who rules over the spiritual forces of evil. He is the spirit who is now at work in those who don’t obey God. At one time we all lived among them. Our desires were controlled by sin. We tried to satisfy what they wanted us to do. We followed our desires and thoughts. God was angry with us like he was with everyone else. That’s because of the kind of people we all were. But God loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God’s grace has saved you. God raised us up with Christ. He has seated us with him in his heavenly kingdom. (Ephesians 2:1-6)


    Do you believe that God has the power to touch you and deliver you by His Son and Spirit to renew you and to give you the life that you really desire? God’s plan for you is His joy, peace, freedom and love. God doesn’t want you bound by shame, sin, guilt and bondage to addictions. Jesus died on the cross to set you free once and for all. Give God all your burdens and your past, and let the Lord wash your crimson sins as white as snow.


    “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)


    Say this prayer:

    Lord Jesus, forgive me of all my sins. Father God, I believe you send your son the Messiah (Savior), my Lord Jesus, to die for me so I could have a blessed life, free from addictions, and so I can set other people free. Help me to walk in your Word, your truth and light through obedience and full surrender. Please remove any and all distractions trying to hold my faith walk up. Protect me, Lord, and give me divine wisdom on who should be in my life and please send even one like-minded believer into my life so I can grow with you. Help me to walk with you, to hear your voice and to be effective on this earth so I can fulfill my calling and purpose on earth in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.


    Please comment below if you have more prayer requests, comments or questions. Message me at if you have said the prayer or if you have a private question. May the Lord bless you today! You are free!!!

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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