Gambling

Do You Question God's Strength and Ability to Help You?

I will strengthen thee. Isaiah 41:10

God has a strong reserve with which to discharge this power; for He is able to do all things. Until you can drain dry the ocean of omnipotence, until you can break into pieces the towering mountains of almighty strength, you never need fear.

A Study on Coveting

Lord, dig the earth out of my heart!

You shall not covet. Exodus 20:17

Observe the holiness and perfection of God's law, which forbids the first motions and risings of sin in the heart. The laws of men take hold of actions; but the law of God goes further—it forbids not only sinful actions—but sinful desires. These lusts and desires after the forbidden fruit are sinful.

Soft Addiction and Accountability

SELF-ACCOUNTABILITY
The key to overcoming bad habits or a Soft Addiction is to take the time to learn how to become self-accountable. If a person is not held accountable for something, there is little motivation to change. We, who struggle with behavior addictions can relate to this problem. It is a main element of denial. It is getting into the habit of saying, Who, Me!

Signs of Gambling Addiction

1. Loosing track of time when you gamble

2. Gambling with money needed for essentials (food, clothing, utilities, mortgage, etc.)

3. Often gambling more money than you intended.

4. Having few interests outside of gambling.

5. Hiding any of the following from your friends, family and/or loved ones:

    -- your gambling
    -- the amount of time you spend gambling
    -- the amount of money involved

6. Trying to win back money you have lost (continue to chase your losses).

7. Betting with money you can't afford to lose.

8. Maxing out your credit cards and/or borrowing money in order to gamble

9. Compromise your personal values in order to keep gambling.

Addiction as Besetting Sin

by Franklin E. Payne, Jr., M.D., author of several books, is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia.

Addictive disorders and alcoholism cost $165 billion a year in the United States alone!1 The addict screams, "I can't help myself! I'm addicted." In response, "experts"2 and society feel compassion with ever increasing programs for them.

However, I want to substitute "besetting sin" for "addiction." The primary problem is moral and spiritual,3 not medical, and cannot be addressed without that perspective.

What is Addiction?

Behavior or Disease?

When is an addiction or dysfunctional behavior a "disease?"

Hope & Help for Gamblers

The following booklets are very instructive and helpful for those with a gambling problem:

      Gambling

      Biblical Counseling

Books to Help with Gambling Addiction


Hope and Help Booklets

Offer HOPE and practical HELP to implement this hope. Hope in the Bible is not wishful thinking. Hope in the Bible is a sure promise of what will be.


The Heart of Addiction

This book and accompanying workbook make the distinction between what the world terms a “disease" and what Scripture demonstrates is a life-dominating sin nature problem. You will find biblical tools to help you examine your heart’s motives at the root of your addiction or dysfunctional behavior.

How Can I Overcome My Addiction?

Learn how to overcome your addiction.

When is Counseling Needed?

Learn how to identify when professional counseling is needed.

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