Matthew 11:28 “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.” (msg)
So many of us become entangled in addictions and behavior that is destructive and debilitating
First it is important to understand that we all can be impacted by addiction.
Drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, social media, video games, pain..
The list is varied as well as the intensity. But all of us can experience aspects of being addicted to something that provides initially a sense of relief, but ultimately becomes a chain to destruction.
Addiction also has some basic processes that lead to healing and recovery. They work because they deal with the root issues.
All successful recovery processes deal with the spiritual aspect of a persons life.
You cannot do it alone. Biblically and logically we cannot succeed if we are isolated and trusting only ourself.
A solid process where you evaluate and assess your life and the roots that developed from trauma or difficult experiences, or on going life aspects that molded us in unhealthy ways.
If you deal with addiction you are not crazy or at all alone. Christ came to free you from yourself.
Isaiah 43:19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
God understands the heart of addiction and genuinely came with the heart and power to resolve it.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
Jesus sat down in the temple and recited this verse announcing the start of His earthly ministry and His response to the plight of mankind and their redemption/recovery
Isaiah 61:3 To all who mourn in Israel he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.
Beauty for Ashes, Festive praise instead of despair, Great oaks
Rebuild ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago, revive them though they were deserted.