Why have I taken it upon myself to talk about why doing drugs is bad? This is because a while ago, I had someone sit me down trying to convince me why certain drugs are good. I realized that this person came really prepared. So, this is to help prepare you to stand up to anyone trying to convince you to do drugs.
Interestingly, there are many people who are into drugs who really want to stop but are not able to. This is because it has now become an addiction. Addiction is a power that pulls people down, and has the ability to destroy homes.
Why do people start smoking or going into drugs?
- Curiosity is almost the most common reason people try drugs. However, what they do not know is that with things like smoking, the nicotine hooks you from day one making you want more.
- Dealing with stress. Stress comes from various places. It can come from schooling, or jobs, etc. Therefore, they tend to resort to things like smoking to help out.
- Wanting to fit in. Other times too, it happens because they want to fit in.
- Weight reduction.
These things may look like good reasons but the truth is that smoking gives you short term benefits and long term troubles.
Doing drugs can be likened to fish caught on a fishhook. Because it is hungry, it gets attracted to this meal that seems to be readily available. Unknown to them, this meal is on a hook that catches them, and marks the end for them.
Let me emphasize that there is nothing wrong with curiosity, dealing with stress, wanting to fit in or wanting to reduce weight. But what is wrong is taking shortcuts that will end up affecting you negatively later.
Watch the video to get a picture of how a fish is caught on a hook.
Is this True/False?
A. Smoking will reduce my stress.
I want you to understand that this is false. It may help with your stress in the short term, but it is a hook to a larger problem which will affect you in the long term. It will end up destroying your health, family and your finances.
Understand that problems will keep coming, and as they come, they will be accompanied with the stress. So, you realize that it is now going to be a repetitive cycle which will end up affecting your lungs. What I want you to know is that there are better ways to deal with these problems and stress.
B. I would exhale almost all of the smoke.
This is also not true. It is said that 80% of the smoke stays in. If you thought that what they exhale through the mouth and nose is all that went in, you’re very wrong. What you see coming out is just 20% of what went in. The rest of the smoke is just in there destroying your lungs and organs. This should let you know that smoking, and for that matter, doing drugs is bad.
C. Smoking won’t affect my health until I get older.
This is also false. You should know that addiction does not know age. Actually, it kicks in instantly. It does not have a delay switch.
Some people become addicted to just one cigarette. Your lung capacity will be reduced, and you’ll likely develop a persistent cough. Your skin will wrinkle more and prematurely. Smoking increases your risk of sexual dysfunction, panic attacks, and depression. This is why doing drugs is bad.
D. Smoking will make me more attractive to the opposite sex.
This cannot be true. If anything at all, most people do not like being around smokers. The strong odors that can be developed from smoking will end up repelling people.
E. If I smoke, no one is hurt but me.
The one smoking is not putting only himself in danger. In addition, he is putting everyone around him in danger too. This is because a lot of people are also affected by passive smoking. It will also affect your family and finances because a lot of money goes into buying these. Also, if your health is affected, it will affect the family too because you will now become a burden to them.
F. It doesn’t matter to God whether I smoke or not.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether you smoke or not does matter to God. The fact that it is not mentioned in the Bible does not mean that it does not matter to God.
We are enjoined in scripture to keep our bodies clean and undefiled:
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”II Corinthians 7:1 NKJV
I way you to understand that there is a calling or a potential God has placed on your life. And because of this, let us cleanse ourselves from anything that will defile us. Smoking defiles us, and will prevent God from using us to advance his kingdom.
You were bought with a price so honor God in your body (1 Cor 6:19).
Understandably, some of these are used for medicinal purposes. But if you sample it, it will end up having a different result.
What is happening to you spiritually?
Doing drugs has eternal ramifications. God has placed a promise on your life. He is looking forward to using you. And your body, soul and spirit must be sound in order to do that. However, if you end up doing doing drugs you will cut everything short.
The devil is so cunning and has a plan to make people who have great potential fail. He has seen the promise on your life and knows that God has called you to turn many to him. When he discovers that God has a plan for you, he sets in motion a plan to hijack your destiny. And this plan is to cause you to lose this promise and potential.
We are not fighting against flesh and blood. This is something the Bible warns us about:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
These forces rise up to contend with you when they see that you have a bright future. Their main plan is to get you off track, and doing drugs is one of the ways to do that. Once you give in, it begins the process of killing your destiny. They will do this by enslaving you through addiction to whatever drug or substance you have began using. At this point, you move from smoking once a day to twice. By the time you realize, you are doing a whole pack a day.
At this stage, you will not even see anything wrong with smoking. You now become a defender of this bad attitude. Soon enough, your body will get so destroyed that it cannot do much.
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