December 21, 2020
The doorway of hope begins with humility. In dealing with addiction, the first step to recovery is to acknowledge we have a problem. There is no shame in admitting weakness; it is a great strength and the beginning step to recovery. We usually have no problem admitting sickness in our pursuit to get better, and addiction should be no different. Addiction is a serious sickness. The struggle is the escape. Life can be challenging and full of pressures, so addiction’s dangerous sickness remains strong because it becomes a hiding place and a coping mechanism. It fools us into thinking it makes life better and more bearable when the reality is it destroys life and robs us of so much good. The need to escape is compounded with a chemical change in our bodies that creates a dependency on whatever we are addicted to. Not only are we escaping, but now our bodies are also telling us we can’t survive without the substance in our system. We become trapped, and it is an ongoing cycle of destruction: escape and dependency. Today, You may not necessarily want to escape, but now you have no choice. The body needs what it has become dependent on. The good news is there is help! No one has to remain in the sickness of addiction. There was a point in my life I had to acknowledge my weakness of addiction. It was my blind spot.
How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First, acknowledge your own ‘blind spots’ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend.
Matthew 7:4-5 (TPT)
Allowing God to shine a light on this area of my life by admitting the need for help was my entry point to deliverance. God healed my spirit, and He used people to assist in healing my soul. Jesus broke my chains of addiction and has kept me with His word. My life has been a rocky road, but it’s also been my saving grace. I know I need Jesus every hour, every day! I cannot live without Him! I cannot remain free without Him! If you struggle with addiction of any kind, there is hope. There is help. There is a healer.
Jesus of Nazareth was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and with great power. He did wonderful things for others and divinely healed all who were under the tyranny of the devil, for God had anointed him.
Acts 10:38 (TPT)
The tyranny of alcoholism and drug addiction or addiction of any kind can be destroyed by the power of God! Never give up! Pursue the cure and seek to get better! Seek the Healer!
“Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.
Matthew 7:7-8 (TPT)
When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and he heard me, bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most. The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape. He will do this for everyone who fears God.
Psalm 34:6-7 (TPT)