There are numerous reasons that people start smoking. Some may smoke because their parents did and to them it is just a fact of life. Some may smoke because their friends do and they don’t want to feel “left out”. Others probably started out of rebellion. Rebellion to something their parents told them and they want to prove to their parents that they can do whatever they want to. Read on for some encouragements on breaking this vice.
In his search for happiness, man has taken many byways that have left him disappointed. Among these have been wealth, social activities, and the use of tobacco and alcohol. All this has left man with an emptiness within. In John 4:1-30, Jesus refers to this emptiness in His encounter with the woman of Samaria who was drawing water from a well. He offered her living water that would satisfy the thirst of her soul. The well water satisfied her physical thirst, but Jesus satisfied her inner thirst.
Perhaps not many people today would admit that they have a need or an inner thirst in their lives. Even though physical actions and desires often suppress this need, it is still there. For this reason God sent Jesus to deliver man from the temptations and sins of this world (or flesh). He holds out hope to the captives of sin that there is freedom and renewal for hearts and minds.