Cravings Can Capture & Control Your Life

Unrestrained desire can dominate and defeat you.  Cravings can capture and control your life.

Yet our society teaches us to surrender to desires, cravings, compulsions, and whims:  “If you feel like doing something, go for it, and don’t listen to anybody’s concerns but your own.”  “If it feels good, do it.”

This advice (and/or brainwashing), however, is a trap that gets millions of people caught in the cage of obsession — stuck in the sink of self.

There is a better way to live than the way of wimping out to the control of our cravings.  This better way has been ignored, forgotten, and/or disdained by our present day culture — the way of personal restraint, self-control, and victory over the domination of desire.

Here are some quotes to help answer this question:  Are you an inner wimp or an inner winner?

“Self-control is not for the timid.  The only successful attitude toward out-of-control desire is a declaration of all-out war.”  –Ed Welch

“A man who governs his passions is master of the world.  We must either command them or be enslaved to them.”  –Dominic

“Self-will leads so many people to self-destruction.”  –Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

“There was never a man so empty as the one who is full of himself.”  –T.J. Bach

“Do not let your body do exactly what it wants, or your brain either.  Assert your power of command over body and mind.  This discipline will grow to be a habit.”  –White Eagle

“There is a violent streak in the true Christian life!  It is a violence against all the impulses in our own selves that would make peace with our own sin and settle in with a peacetime mentality.  It is a violence against all lust in ourselves and all enslaving desires.”  –John Piper

“Multitudes think they like to do evil, yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world.”  –John Ruskin

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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11 Responses to Cravings Can Capture & Control Your Life

  1. Hi Steve, I wanted to let you know that this craving for cigarettes is driving me crazy…God is sooo good to me and I know he will take this from me in his time. Thank you for your suggestions yesterday, they are helping me. I believe Jesus will take this away. I ask him to help my unbelief. I pray this in Jesus’ precious name. AMEN

    • Steve Simms says:

      You’re welcome. Thanks for your passionate love for God. Overcoming cravings is not easy. (If it was, everybody would be free from negative habits.) It takes as much courage to fight our cravings as it does to fight in a physical war and sometimes it is a long, drawn-out battle.

      However, preciouschild, you have shown your courage by overcoming several habits. Now the spiritual enemy is trying to dig his heels in against your overcoming smoking. But the evil spirit cannot prevail if you don’t give in. If you will continue to fight and follow some of the biblical recovery tools you have used in the past, you will win against smoking. smoking.

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