I used to smoke years before and leading up to the time in my life when I came to Christ in ‘75. Then, some years back took it up again. It wasn’t heavy usage, but I eventually realized the need to release the desire for flavor and regain control as it was showing signs of it taking over.
So, the times of less and less had to be given place. It isn’t an easy one, days and weeks without, but if a believer is to be true to their Lord and Savior, the freedom of “taste” and “touch” can’t be allowed to fool the user that he isn’t in bondage to this common habit. It is after all an appetite like any other that will ensnare through excuse after excuse. All the meanwhile, and the greatest tragedy here is the defeat from securing a wholesome and fuller relationship with the Lord. You are in effect, if not engaged in perpetual resistance, quite frankly quenching yourself from the Spirit of God leaving you unknowingly – miserable.
Misconceptions concerning what God allows me to live with are only oh-so-common because a prevailing ignorance of His will found in the word of God is so common. Do you have strong reasons to choose to smoke at-will or frequent over hardly ever? I would like to encourage you to seek the Lord on this. Resistance is the place to start to see if He will fill that void you have chosen to fill with that frequent puff which is by the way, a filthy and dizzying intoxicator if you have been away from it for a number of days.
Please consider a few of these towards this effort:
“For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7,8)
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15)
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
“For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” (2 Peter 2:19)
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
Begin your resistance immediately, prove to the Lord your not being brought into bondage over this. Set a time, and pray the Lord help you maintain that determination. Watch as the need within changes from more of one, to more of the other.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)