Faith-Based Addiction Recovery

Matthew 9:2-6 ESV reads, “And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.’ And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’ But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he then said to the paralytic—’Rise, pick up your bed and go home.’”

The verse above serves as a reminder that Jesus not only forgives, but heals as well—as the paralyzed man is able to walk again. In relation, it is only through faith based recovery that we are able to gain the knowledge of such, and come to the realization that we aren’t alone. For, God is with us, and walks beside us, as we persevere on the rocky trail.

In turn, all that Jesus does for us is truly amazing. For, when we are sick, we are made well—and in our modern day we’ve come so far as to have medicines and hospitals to contribute in making us better. However, we must remember that these are all things God’s blessed us with, as he has given us each certain gifts—and/or talents.

As a result, if we let ourselves be led by faith, (just as the people who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus) and not our own will, God begins to bless our lives in so many ways. As we submit ourselves to Him—and His abundant love—the addictions which are currently faced with, or once were, are stripped away. Then, in the midst of our broken state He makes us whole—by placing unexplainable joy and peace in the midst of our affliction.

In conclusion, never doubt him (as some as the scribes had done), but instead let his word be known, and his love and healing fill your very being. It is through such (faith based recovery) that the anger that resides in you—which has been bottled up over the hours, months, or years of addiction—can finally be replaced. “God doesn’t have it out for you, he has a heart for you.” So don’t let the one person you need, be the one person you push away.

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