Strategies For Changing Your Gambling Habits

  • Keep a gambling diary – this will help you better understand your problem. Include the type of gambling, the time spent and the amount you gamble. Write down the thoughts, feelings and situations that occur before and during a gambling session, so you can start to understand the causes of gambling.
  • Set goals – setting short-term and long-term goals may help you to stay focused and clear about cutting down or giving up your gambling.
  • Avoid high-risk situations – such as the use of credit cards, taking out loans, carrying large amounts of money with you, using gaming venues for socialising, or gambling as a reaction to emotions. These behaviours will weaken your resolve to control or stop your gambling.
  • Be kind to yourself – acknowledge your positive achievements. Write them down to remind yourself of your strengths and attributes.
  • Find alternatives to gambling – many people continue gambling because they do not know what else to do with their spare time. Explore new activities and hobbies.

Avoid Disobedience

READ: DEUTERONOMY 28:15-68

15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.
17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
18 “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
20 “The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. 21 The LORD will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess.
22 The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.
23 And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron.
24 The LORD will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
25 “The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.
26 Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away.
27 The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.
28 The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.
29 And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.
30 “You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes.
31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them.
32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand.
33 A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.
34 So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see.
35 The LORD will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
36 “The LORD will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods—wood and stone.
37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the LORD will drive you.
38 “You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.
39 You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off.
41 You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.
42 Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land.
43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.
44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.
46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.
47 “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything,
48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.
49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand,
50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young.
51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.
52 “They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you.
53 You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.
54 The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,
55 so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.
56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse a to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter,
57 her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.
58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD,
59 then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses.
60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.
61 Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the LORD bring upon you until you are destroyed.
62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.
63 And it shall be, that just as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.
64 “Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone.
65 And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul.
66 Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life.
67 In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.
68 “And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you. ”

MEMORISE:
But if they do not obey, the shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge Job. 36:12).

EXPOSITION
The act of disobedience is a common phenomenon in our society. Disobedience has no grade; there is no lower or higher disobedience. All acts of disobedience equally cause God pain. Has there been any measuring rod for sin? No! Once you disobey, you are a sinner before the Lord. Disobedience is the act of neglecting, overlooking or refractory.
However, we are surrounded with. Temptations in our society, in the church, and our workplaces, we need not follow the godless trends others follow. We must show the good and godly example to others in our attitudes through simple obedience. We need to checkmate what we desire and choose, because most of these of these things lead us out of God’s presence, and the end is death (Jas. 1:14-15).
No disobedient child goes unpunished, because disobedience itself attracts punishment. Things like confusion, conflict, regret, pain, agony, disaster, sickness, turbulence, storms, and many more are rewards of disobedience. It opens door to all kinds of evil. Don’t forget that you were created by God to live to please Him. The reason for your existence is to obey God.
We are in a generation where people find it easier to disobey God than to obey Him. You are not greater than your creator, and you can’t predict for Him. He knows what is best for you. Blessings are not far from those who obey Him, while agony visits the disobedient. God won’t disappoint those who don’t disappoint Him. There is blessing in obedience, and curses lie in disobedience (Read Deut. 28:1-end). Every good things of God is rooted in obedience to Him, while disobedience comes with disaster in its wake.

PRAYER POINTS:

  1. I possess the spirit of obedience from now on, in Jesus’ mighty name.
  2. O Lord, expunge the spirit of disobedience from me, in Jesus’name.
  3. Pray for CAC Babajide Region, our father in the Lord, the Superintendent, and its officers at the various levels, as led by the Spirit of God.

5 Reasons Gambling Addiction Will Ruin Your Life and Why You Should Stop Gambling

A life ruined by gambling is not a great life. You will have a lot of pieces to pick up. It will take time from you, as well as money, in addition to robbing you of all of the joy that you have in your life.

Gambling addiction is a horrible silent addiction that can become progressively worse. If you or someone you love has a gambling problem, an effort to stop gambling should start as soon as possible.

A severe gambling problem is usually progressive, and can become worse over time if not stopped. Slots gambling addiction, pokies, video lottery terminals (VLTs), and other forms of gambling are usually the worst forms of gambling. Many can become addicted in a very short period of time, and the financial losses can be devastating to say the least.

  1. Gambling addiction can cause you to lose your friends and family very easily. Many divorces are caused by a gambling addiction and result from untreated addiction. A gambling problem creates tremendous social isolation since gambling seems to become the most important thing.
  2. An untreated and severe gambling problem can cause the worst anxiety and depression which leads to an incredible sense of despair. This despair can lead to gambling related suicides which are not uncommon. Gambling addiction has the highest suicide rate of all addictions, hands down.
  3. This addiction can cause a lack of functioning in all areas of life, including work. Many people have lost their jobs as a result of a gambling problem. This can compound the financial devastation already experienced from the addiction itself.
  4. Compulsive gambling can become all encompassing. The physical health of the gambler can deteriorate rapidly. If you are struggling with this addiction yourself, you may not be eating right, exercising, visiting a doctor, or taking care of your teeth. These physical problems can truly take a serious toll on health and the neglect of the body can result in very serious consequences.
  5. Financial ruin is a direct result of this addiction and gambling debts can become so huge and insurmountable that bankruptcy seems to be the only option. Debt from gambling can also result in foreclosures, loss of savings, retirement accounts, and maxed out credit cards. The financial fallout of a gambling addiction can last long past the time that the addiction stops.

These 5 reasons why untreated gambling disorders are just a few of the reasons why you or your loved one should stop gambling and return to a better, healthier way of life.

It is hoped that this article was helpful to you, and that you will do whatever it takes to get better. You will truly be happier when you stop gambling. You will have a better outlook, and more than anything, you will have hope again.

WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT GAMBLING

I would just go straight to the point. The reason why you should stop playing gambling is that you would lose what you have gained.

I have seen a man lose 60k to gambling, and staked with his cell phone, and still lose it. Gambling is an addict.

If you are a woman and your husband is use to playing gambling, it is your work to tell his to quit or else, you both would lose everything.

If you are a man, and you have a fried who is a gambler, flee from him immediately before he infects you with it.

Finally, in every disadvantages, there is always and advantage. If you happen to win a bed, use your winnings and stock up your house, buy good clothes, eat good foods, etc. If you decide to go back and win more as a result of greed, you would lose it and remain in your current state.

I hope I have advised someone today, and that person is going to make a change.
I know someone would say “if he wins, you would like to collect from him.”

Even if he wins, be it 2m or 5m, he would still go back and lose more.

Have you bothered to ask yourself if betting hadn’t existed, where you would be?
You can start making amendment by channeling your money into something that would bring a better profit, and not wasting your money away on bets.

Victory and Deliverance From Gambling

What does the Bible say about gambling??

Many people wonder is gambling a sin? Although there might not be a clear cut verse from what we learn in Scripture I strongly believe it is a sin and all Christians should stay away from it. It is terrible to see that some churches are bringing gambling in the house of God. The Lord is not pleased.

Gambling can be just as addictive as drugs and alcohol. Teens and their parents need to know that they’re not just gambling with money, they’re gambling with their lives.”

“Gambling is the surely way of getting nothing for something.”

Gambling is a sickness, a disease, an addiction, an insanity, and is always a loser in the long run.”

2Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

1 Timothy 6:9-10 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Proverbs 15:27 The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 28:22 Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

Proverbs 28:20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

The Bible teaches us to work hard and worry about others. Gambling teaches us to do the opposite. In fact, many of the people who play the lottery are poor. Gambling destroys something that God intended for good. You have to understand that the devil is using it to destroy the foundation of work.

Proverbs 10:4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

Proverbs 28:19 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Five Reasons Why Gambling is Wrong:

Because it denies the reality of God’s sovereignty (by affirming the existence of luck or chance).

Because it is built on irresponsible stewardship (tempting people to throw away their money).

Because it erodes a biblical work ethic (by demeaning and displacing hard work as the proper means for one’s livelihood).

Because it is driven by the sin of covetousness (tempting people to give in to their greed).

Because it is built on the exploitation of others (often taking advantage of poor people who think they can gain instant wealth).”

Five Reasons Why Gambling is Wrong:

Because it denies the reality of God’s sovereignty (by affirming the existence of luck or chance).

Because it is built on irresponsible stewardship (tempting people to throw away their money).

Because it erodes a biblical work ethic (by demeaning and displacing hard work as the proper means for one’s livelihood).

Because it is driven by the sin of covetousness (tempting people to give in to their greed).

Because it is built on the exploitation of others (often taking advantage of poor people who think they can gain instant wealth).”

Parenting

It will be interesting for you to know that there are three basic instituttions on this earth that the devil is constantly waging war against. The family, church, and nation.

But the family is mostly under attack because it’s the family that produces those who are been occupied by the other two institutions. Parenting therefore should be taking seriously by our parents and would- be parents because whatsoever a child will and become in life, is a product or is characterized by the level of parenting.

Parenting therefore requires that the father and mother need to be in one accord in order to build a home that will lift the glory of the family, community and nation through their children. Pray always for God’s directions and a happy home.