Imagine taking risks on things you’re not sure of? Why have the young people decided to throw caution to the wind? Could the reason behind gambling be provoked by lack of guidance and mentorship? Come to think of this; how will it be living in this world where the youth are non-existence.The bible is very firm about gambling and condemns this vice.
Proverbs 28:22 says, Greedy people, try to get rich quick and don’t realize they’re heading for poverty.
There was nothing traumatizing like having a relative who spends all his entire youthful life gambling. He chose to throw caution to the wind and the advice that he was given down the drain. He gambled with every single cent he had, lived a miserable life but fortunately got help and he’s a changed man.
Want to know how I feel about it? This is the reason why I wrote this post to give you a leeway on how to tame the youths in a Godly way from gambling and I promise you that I’ll do my best to help you tame this vice.
Why would anyone play a game of chance with the mentality of getting rich instantly? The Bible tells us that the Lord will supply our needs according to his riches in glory. When you gamble you erase the trust you have in God.
Proverbs 13:11 says, dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Our youths are wallowing in the deep waters of ignorance and allow the enemy to torment them with the mentality of getting rich by placing a bet. The devil is a liar.
Proverbs 28:19 says, Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
Our youths have become too lazy to work and that’s why they have opted for gambling to satisfy the hunger for getting rich quickly. What if they don’t have an income to sustain the vice? They commit crimes to sustain their addiction. Crimes like petty theft and break-ins are always reported highly in areas where gambling is exercised. The Bible tells us to train a child in a way he should go and when he grows up he will not depart from it.
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.
This word is very powerful and you can use it to win that soul that is running away from the love of God. Do it lovingly quoting these verses and save them from the wrath of the Almighty God and grief as quoted.
Some youths can be so adamant about letting go of this vice but approaching it lovingly and in a Godly way will make all the difference.
How to deal with a gambling addiction
- Recognize and admit you have a problem. Healing commences the minute you admit you need help. Once you identify the problem, it’s very easy to tackle it in the best way possible.
- Understand the aftermath of your gambling. Gambling can and will always lead to depression, anxiety, and suicide.
- Be sincere about your gambling.
We all want to be free from depression, anxiety, substance abuse and anti-social disorders. It all starts with the mind. You admit, confess and accept that you have a problem that needs to be addressed and you’ll be free. Having somebody to hold you accountable is highly advisable.