What’s your response to the phrase “Recovering Addict”?
Do you think this is not me?
What comes to your mind when someone says I am a recovering addict?
Do you think of popular addictions like porn, sex, money and power?
There are more addiction than you will ever know. Yours might be control, anger, masturbation, lying, backbiting and the list goes on.
If you take a deep look at your life you will realize we are all recovering addicts.
Whatever your case may be there is good news for you…
If you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and savior the Father is with you.
This is one thing you should know as a recovering addict.
You have believed a wrong message when you assume the Spirit of God leaves you when you sin as a Christian.
And He returns when you have fixed your life and said no to sin.
Believing this will make you seek for ways to ensure that you have a good or perfect life before you can confess to be in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you think there is a way for you to fix your life before you can commit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you are in self deception.
It is not possible for you fix your life outside Christ. Here what the Lord Jesus says about your struggles…
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Mathew 11:28-30 MSG
Attempting corrective measures outside Christ perpetuates addictions.
As a recovering addict there is one thing you have to always put in mind – all the mistakes you have and will ever make is on Jesus Christ.
But the solution starts by admitting that you are a recovering addict.
When you refuse to accept where you are at the moment, how will you believe the gospel?
Remember that I made it clear that your addiction might not be popular, but a deep search will reveal what it is to you.
The gospel for all recovering addict is the same.
Your Father God loves you and send His Son to take your place and die for your sin.
All recovering addicts have the forgiveness of sins through Christ Jesus.
Receiving and living in the freedom that comes with the forgiveness depends on knowing how much the Father loves you.
A good number of believers claim that they know the Father loves them.
But when you ask if they believe the Love of the Father for them, they get confused.
So I ask, “Do you know and believe the Love of the Father for you”?
It is only the love of the Father for you that can lead you beyond the waters of addiction.
But the enemy wants you to focus on what you can do instead of what our Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross.
The enemy is still as subtle as he was in the garden of Eden.
He is very keen on showing you what you lack and should seek, but never points you to what you have at the moment.
This is the reason he continues to remind you of all sins that happened because of your addiction.
The more you focus on this sins you find it harder to forgive yourself and receive the forgiveness in the name of Christ Jesus.
Recovering addicts struggles with this a lot. You might be asking, how can I correct the wrong I did in the past?
You might wish you could go back and changed what happened. Yet you have realised that it is not possible.
Instead of wishing to go back and repair what went wrong why not accept what the gospel says about your past.
It is gone for good. Forgiven because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
This is what you have to believe if you want a sane mind and the ability to walk and serve the Father.
You can’t go back to the past to correct what you did.
But you can accept what Jesus did and live in the freedom He provides.
I don’t know what you are struggling with at the moment.
But I know a perfect man that can change whatever you are going through.
His name is Jesus Christ. He loves you. His death and resurrection was to give you freedom. And that freedom is available for you today.
To live in that freedom you have to believe what He did for you.
Your input is to believe. It is not to live right, do right or speak right. Only believe.
When you believe right, then you will live right, do right and speak right.
And what you have to believe is that you have the forgiveness of sins. Know it. Believe it. Speak it.
The focus must never be on an addiction. That’s what the enemy wants you to do.
When you say words like, I am a pervert. I can’t live beyond this lifestyle. You are perpetuating the mistakes and addictions.
The enemy knows the more you focus on an addiction, the longer it takes for you to break free from it.
Instead, all recovering addict should focus on the love and forgiveness that comes through the name of our Lord Jesus…
Only in His name and finished work will you find the freedom you desire.
So on the road of recovery, remind yourself of who you already are in Christ.
You are loved, forgiven, righteousness, cleansed, separated, and blessed in Christ.
Thank you for reading!
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