Trapped by Addiction & Dysfunctional Behavior

When I was deep into my addiction and dysfunctional behavior, I was caught and felt trapped. It felt as if there was no way out. I did not see any way but down. Just the thought of a turn around was impossible. I was very frightened and intimidated by the prospect of change.

But it got to the point where I was more terrified of the hell that had been created by my addiction and behaviors and my giving into them.

It was as if I was faced with two fiery pits. But when I looked closer I saw the addiction pit was orchestrated by Satan. The other option which I perceived of as a pit and of which I perceived as something to fear, was administered by my LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So which one should I be afraid of really??

Even though I knew in my heart which way to turn I was still paralyzed with fear.

I had always been a Christian. I thought I knew all about Jesus and what He had done for me. But the reality was I was not living it — it was not part of my daily life.

So what happened? I ran into some Christians who were in recovery and they told me that change was possible (of course I did not believe them). But the more I hung around with them, and listened to what they said, the more sense it all made. My faith provided tools to help me overcome my addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. I needed to pick up and use those tools. And everything I was told, like:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NASB)

Jesus did for me what I could not do for myself. I only had to allow Him work in my life. I had to be willing to let Christ in so that He could work a miracle. I also had to do the footwork of recovery in order to turn around.

I also had do do a lot of work, soul searching and I had to be willing to change.

Miracles can happen. They do happen. Your miracle will happen!

Ephesians 6:12-18
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

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