Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.
This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.
September 2011 Entries
Sometimes as we face our own personal struggles it can get hard to stay alert and listen. It can be so much easier to skip our prayer that day, to give in to our temptations. It can be so hard to listen to what God is telling us, to be thankful for what we have. It can be tiring praying and expecting an instant answer but we have to keep faith. God is listening, He knows we are here and He knows we need His help.
Our life in recovery is just like that. When we are trying to bring our lives under control, we can turn to ourselves. We can try and take charge and rather than acting like that pilot and listening … listening to that Voice that Christ is using to guide us, we try to land on our own.
You will search the Bible in vain for a verse that says, "Don't drink alcohol, period." And it says nothing whatsoever about illegal drugs, since they weren't available in Bible times. But the Bible says much about any substance that harms us mentally and spiritually. Happily, it also has says much about the alternatives to a chemical high.
While the Bible doesn't address the issue of smoking directly, you will find a number of biblical principles which apply to your smoking habit. The following study guide will help you discover these principles:
I wonder if Jesus was talking about depression when he made reference to “how great is that darkness” in Matthew 6: 22-23: "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! "