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Override Addictions – Tony Evans Sermon

Dr. Evans explains why our efforts at self-improvement usually fail, and he reveals how we can break the cycle that keeps us trapped.Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and author of over 100 books, booklets & Bible studies. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,300 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries.

Addiction is a complex and challenging struggle that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s substance abuse, gambling, pornography, or any other compulsive behavior, addiction can have devastating consequences on individuals, their families, and their communities. However, for those who turn to the Bible and seek God’s help, there is hope for overcoming addiction and finding lasting freedom. This article explores how the wisdom and principles found in scripture, along with a faith-centered approach, can guide individuals on the journey to recovery.

Understanding Addiction from a Biblical Perspective

While the term “addiction” may not be explicitly mentioned in the Bible, the underlying issues—such as bondage to sin, idolatry, and destructive behaviors—are addressed throughout scripture. For example:

  • Romans 6:16 warns, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
  • Galatians 5:1 proclaims, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

These verses highlight the spiritual dimension of addiction and the need for individuals to break free from the bondage of sin through the power of Christ.

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Finding Hope and Healing in Scripture

1. Acknowledging Powerlessness and Surrendering to God

  • James 4:7 instructs, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Recognizing one’s powerlessness over addiction and surrendering to God’s will is the first step towards recovery.

2. Renewing the Mind

  • Romans 12:2 encourages believers to be transformed by the renewing of their minds: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Through prayer, meditation on scripture, and seeking God’s guidance, individuals can replace destructive thought patterns with God-honoring ones.

3. Seeking Accountability and Support

  • Proverbs 27:17 emphasizes the value of accountability: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Seeking support from fellow believers, mentors, or support groups can provide encouragement, accountability, and a sense of community on the journey to recovery.

4. Living in Freedom

  • John 8:36 proclaims, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Through faith in Christ and reliance on His power, individuals can experience true freedom from the grip of addiction.

Seeking Professional Help in Conjunction with Faith

While scripture can provide invaluable guidance and support, it’s essential to recognize that overcoming addiction often requires professional help as well. Christian counselors or therapists who integrate faith-based principles with evidence-based therapeutic techniques can offer specialized care tailored to address the spiritual, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction.


Overcoming addiction is a challenging journey, but with the help of the Bible and God, it is possible to find freedom and healing. By embracing the teachings of scripture, surrendering to God’s will, renewing the mind, seeking accountability and support, and relying on the power of Christ, individuals can break free from the chains of addiction and experience a life of hope, purpose, and fulfillment. While the road may be long and difficult, with faith and perseverance, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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