“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” – Psalm 46:10
If you’re going to see the value in a life jacket, you must see it’s proper use. To substitute a flotation device/life vest and mistake it for body armor would be an ironic antithesis of it’s said purpose. Seeing the value of the life jacket as a protective device against a bullet would be a foolish way to use it. The only value that a life jacket has is if you use it for it’s intended purpose.
How the Bible Can Transform Your Journey
I think it’s the same with God and His help that He offers all who will listen. He has a plan, a path and a way forward for you, but it’s only effective on its terms of engagement.
For instance, the Bible won’t be very effective to you as a charm that sits on your nightstand that transforms you through osmosis. God could have made our transformational process that way, but for whatever reason, He decided not to.
So if God and His word (the Bible) can help you in transformational process but not through osmosis, how could God actually help you from experimenting with drugs? The same way that a cookbook on healthy food could help you eat a healthier diet, by reading it, thinking about it, meditating on it and applying it to your own life.
This is true whether you are working to avoid the temptation of drugs and alcohol for the first time, or if you are on the Christian track for addiction recovery.
Scriptures to Support Your Addiction Recovery
Here are a few Scriptures that quickly come to mind that could radically transform your view of drugs and alcohol if you would read them, think about them, meditate on them and then apply them. Let’s look at a few:
“There is way that seems right to man but in the end it leads to death” – Proverbs 14:12
“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:15
After reading these two small verses you can make a TON of observations about how God helps. God helps us by:
- Comparing and contrasting (His ways to our ways)
- Explaining the dangers and end goal of sin
God has helped us in giving us His precious word, His Church and His Spirit. May you find the strength, resolve and resources to say “no” to short-term gain (drug experimentation and addiction) so you can “yes” to long-term life and joy.
How has the Bible helped you fight the temptation to experiment with drugs?
About the Author:
Ryan Moffat is the teaching pastor at Vast Church in Sisters, OR and is currently working on his Masters in Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, OR
Ryan received his BS in Bible and Theology and a minor in counseling from Multnomah University. He has pastored students, families and is passionate about Christ-centered recovery and healing. He’s been married to his beautiful wife Michelle for 13 years and they enjoy raising four crazy, unique and special kids together.
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Published on July 11, 2017.
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