Addiction Takes Us to a Place…

The Freedom to Surrender:

Addiction takes us to a place where we do what we do not want to do. Self-will, determination, pride, and ego kick in as over and over we repeat the pattern of obsession.

As time goes on shame, guilt, depression, and desolation cloak our being like a shroud.  Exhausted and defeated, we try to find the will to go on. If left to go on long enough, it takes us to place where we would rather die than live. We can’t live with the substance, yet we can’t live without it either.  We are in bondage to the stronghold of addiction.

 

The Hope is there is a Spiritual solution!  (Romans 7:15-20) Paul talks about doing exactly what he sets his mind not to do.  I don’t know whether his issue was addiction, but he certainly struggled with the very thing addiction did in my life.  Verse 20 describes it this way, “It is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me” (NKJV).

Paul found hope in Christ.  He found hope in the paradox of surrender.  Surrender is a process of death and rebirth.  Death to the sin by admitting powerlessness and allowing God to make us new.  In (Romans 8:1) Paul says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (NKJV). Going to verse 5 it explains the ACTION of surrender “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

 

I struggled for quite some time with surrender.  It felt like giving up, and I was no quitter!  I also didn’t like feeling victimized by this substance that had complete control over me.  Surrender meant acknowledging that. That was scary. It was not until I became WILLING to surrender that things began to change.  I asked God to help me be willing to surrender.  I needed help from Him to face my fears.  Things began to change.

 

The joy of recovery is that we grow in a new relationship with God as we daily surrender our will to Him.  He directs and guides us to the level we are willing to let Him. ~ Terri