The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible person will not hesitate to use them. Didn’t a tree once make bitter water fit to drink, so that the Lord’s power might be known? (See Exodus 15.23-25*) He gave medical knowledge to human beings, so that we would praise him for the miracles he […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #12"
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 ESV He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 ESV Most people have heard about “bottoming out”. That is when an alcoholic or addict’s life is at its lowest point. They can sink no lower. Sometimes the […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #11"
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Psalm 45:4 Successful addiction treatment requires the patient to submit, to surrender and follow the instructions of their physicians and counselors. Most addicts have tried to do it […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #10"
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 ESV _________________ The addict has the burden of their own recovery and the added burden of knowing that their children are at increased risk of developing addiction. The addict must first see […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #9"
“You shall not bow down to [idols] or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” —- Exodus 20:5 “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #8"
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #5"
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have […]Read more "Recovery Meditation #4"
For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2: 16 Addiction is a worldly disease. It is a self-centered disease. The addict is focused on their own needs. They do […]Read more "Addiction Meditation #3"
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15 (NIV) How many addicts have told themselves: “This is the last time. I’ll never do this again. I hate doing this.” But they can’t stop. They try but cravings overwhelm […]Read more "Addiction Meditation #2"
All of us have fallen short of the mark. That is what sin is: Falling short of the mark. The english word sin comes from the greek word ‘hamartia’ which means “to miss the mark”. We all miss the mark when the mark we are aiming for is to be like Christ. So addicts and […]Read more "Devotionals for People Struggling With Addiction"