“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Cor 5:17
May God bless your brand new life when you come to Jesus!
Yes…those who end their addiction become ‘new’ too!
Our God is a God of many second chances.
All addiction is, is sin…a bad choice…a substitute for HIM gone wrong; there are NO substitutes for God.
He understands your search. He hopes your own personal road leads back to Him.
Most who have experienced addiction do not know how to process emotion. Either the addiction stunted their emotional growth or they haven’t been in touch with their emotions for too long a time. How do you help your loved one deal with this? Time, understanding, sound Biblical counseling. lots of love, compassion and unconditional support. It’s normal for them to go through. Just be there and know that it’s not easy. They need you despite what you hear come out of their mouth. Remember that while they were using, they didn’t have to deal with much of anything. It’s all new.
In 2 Corinthians 9:8, we’re told, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
I had just arrived on the floor of the hospital’s detox unit. I had just been transferred from the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit where I fought hard for my life back. Jesus had mercy to give me yet another chance. It had gotten very serious. The ravages of long term drug addiction had taken hold of me to my near death. To complicate the matter, I also had jumped two stories out a neighbor’s window and was cut up pretty badly; however, no broken bones. I was in the throws of the insanity of withdrawal…not withdrawal from not taking the 12 narcotics my body was used to, but the withdrawal of my body needing more. It was too much. That was 5 years ago and I’m here to tell my story…little by little.
Want to know the drug I took everyday? Here they are: Oxycontin, Vicodin, Norco, Soma, Ativan, Methadone, Morphine, Fentanyl Tabs, Fentanyl Patches, Codeine and Percocet. As if these weren’t enough, I also took antidepressants. ALL these were given to me by a doctor I trusted…a doctor who had put me in a coma and in CCU. I was so seriously into my addiction that I lost my bodily functions during the latter years of that addiction and slept most of the time. It was hell and I didn’t even know I had arrived there. That’s how insidious addiction is! Praise God for my daughter, Shari; she saved my life.
Well, getting to the point of this post today, I am putting here Psalm 139. This is my Psalm that I will agree to share with you :=) There I was in detox with 3 other roomies who were psycho; that’s for another post. My youngest daughter, Cyndi, had come to visit me in cardiac intensive care and asked me if I had my Bible with me. Huh? I had been scooped up off the road by an ambulance…how would I stop by my house for a Bible? For those of you who are messing with drugs, when I was found on the road, unable to move and bleeding from glass in my skin from jumping out a window, the withdrawal caused me not to know my own name. All I knew was my first name and Social Security number. I knew absolutely nothing about where I lived or who my family was. Still think drugs are cool? In any case, I didn’t stop off to get my Bible. So, Cyndi ‘stole’ one from the hospital chapel and brought it to me during her first visit to see me. That Bible was how the Lord Jesus spoke to me every moment I was a patient there. Although what I went through was hell, my Bible opened right up to Psalm 139 where God told me how much He loved me and that my life truly mattered. Although I had been saved for more than twenty years at the time, I first ‘heard’ God say “I love you”. So, here was God’s ‘love letter’ to me and that was the moment I knew my life was to turn completely around…
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.[c]
Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Yes, my friends, Jesus loves you no more and no less than He loves me. He knows your pain just as He knew mine. He’s right there with His nail scarred hands asking you to reach out for Him…just as He did to me. Grab His hands just as I did – both of them…it’s a rush like no other and He’s health to your flesh ( mind body & spirit). Oh yes…He completely heals addiction too!!! Give Him your life if you don’t know Him. If you a Christian in addiction, as I was, He wants you back! Just tell Him you’ve been doin’ this walk all wrong and that you need another chance. He is a God of miracles, great mercy and many second chances.
I have a real problem with Christian(???) 12 steppers still tagging themselves and others who are over addiction, an “addict” for the rest of their lives. I can understand the ignorance of the 12 steppers, who have not found Jesus, thinking this stupidity because they know nothing of the things of the Spirit; however, Christians? I have to think about whether they are my brethren or not. After all, they are denying the Power of our God! You know the Scripture from 2 Timothy 3:5 that says…“having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” So, I have nothing to do with them and I do “turn away”. Then, you have the Christian(???) steppers who say they are “powerless” and “diseased”. Well, I guess they have never read their Bible where God says, in 2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND”. Hmmmm! Let’s see now. In Christ, I have “POWER” and a “SOUND MIND“! That means you are NOT powerless and NOT diseased. What herasy!!! If you want to keep using and using over and over again, then remain powerless and beat yourself up about having a relapsing disease and go to your hopeless and helpless AA meetings and feel sorry for yourselves. If you’re not a Christian, then I can’t expect you to feel hope; however, if you say you are a Christian, you had better get with the program before you find yourself in hell…both here and in the life to come.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 – GOD said it & meant it!
Bottom Line is that Addiction is Sin, not a disease. Addiction is a choice…a bad one.
Choose to give your sin of Addiction to Jesus
and be healed – Forever!