Some times in our lives when we find ourselves trapped in a situation and we just cant see or even dream of a way out. God has placed a gift within me, a gift of feeling others pain. A discernment for those who are going through something, especially those who may be caught in an addiction. This is an area where the enemy has so very many people deceived.
Over the coarse of several years I found myself addicted to pain pills. These were opiate based so for someone who has struggled with depression their whole life it seemed to help a lot. In actuality all that it did was bring more harm to me and cause a physical dependance on the drug. I see so many hurting, who are in that endless cycle moving from one addiction to another. Sometimes they get clean and then fall back into the trap of the enemy and find themselves using again. They just cant seem to break the deadly cycle. Much like a spiders web they are entangled in a trap made entirely of lies.
I am here to attest to the absolute fact that whatever you may be struggling with whether it be drugs, alcohol, pornography, or anything else. There IS complete and total healing. There IS most certainly a way out. There IS deliverance for all of those who would call on the name of the Lord! There IS a different life for you... waiting.... just around the corner. It isn’t Gods will for his children to be bound to anything. His perfect will for us is to walk in freedom and healing. Jesus paid the price for our deliverance on the cross. He bore it all upon himself, for me, for you.
When there is pain and hurt on the inside of us, things that we have never dealt with, those things remain. Although we may try and ignore them or push them to the side they can still linger. We as humans have a tendency to self medicate if we are hurting. We may reach for different types of things to satisfy that empty place or quieten that hurt we carry deep within ourselves. We are all different individuals so what one person reaches for may be completely different than the next.
When I think of these things I am reminded of the Casting Crowns song Slow Fade. That is usually how the enemy comes in in these types of situations. Slowly, methodically wrapping his invisible coils around us until we realize we have been bound over the coarse of months, years and yes.. sometimes even a lifetime. The good news in all of this is Christ is there to deliver and set you free. He will heal all of you.... down to the core, but we have to ask and be willing to receive it.
When you do come out of whatever you are in the middle of, it will be a complete work. God doesn’t do anything half way. He is an above and beyond what we ask of him God. If we are willing to take his hand and enter in to his healing he will do great and mighty things with us and through us. We come out with an even greater testimony and a sympathetic heart toward others struggling with what we have gained the victory in.
“God works ALL things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his great and mighty purpose.....”
*** Angela Jennifer ***