Addictions

June 2, 2019
by Rose DeShaw

Ephesians 2:12b – You lived in this world without God and without hope. (NLT)

1 Corinthians 6:20b – You must honor God with your body. (NLT)

Romans 12:2b – Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. (NLT)

I don't drink or use drugs, but I do admit that I have an addiction: using food to numb my reality, effectively committing suicide with a knife and fork. Being overly impulsive and compulsive goes along with that. Right after Prohibition was lifted and the Great Depression started, alcoholism became a real problem in society. At that time, a group of believers came together to help one another with what is actually a physical disease, caused by the emotions. They used the book of James as their text to find God's way out of their addiction. Similar fellowships now exist for those trapped in webs of drugs, sex, gambling, finances, overeating, and likely many others. Thus begins the spiritual practice of admitting that we can't recover alone. We need God's help in facing our individual reality. Overeaters call it, "Facing my stuff rather than stuffing my face." The now well-known Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous present a capsulized version of how to live the life in God. Then, of course, we go on, simultaneously, to learn and grow in our individual faith fellowship, whatever that might be.

One of the great things about spiritual recovery is that it always includes physical recovery, too. The fact that a spiritual life exists is a complete revelation to most folks. But how do I lead both lives? Where do I begin? Those are the questions that lead us to salvation by faith through God's grace, and then, step by step, to know Him better, growing and learning as we surrender to God all those things that kept us a slave to this world. Paul complained about his old life, that he did what he knew he should not do, and that on his own, he could see no way out. That's what we learn, too, as we surrender to God, put our lives in His hands, and no longer regret the past, because it brought us to our knees.

It is then that we find the joy and freedom of God's plan for our lives, new ways and new ideas.

Ephesians 1:19 – I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. (NLT)

Ephesians 2:8b – And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (NLT)

Prayer: Dear God of our understanding, right now, we are so thankful that there is a way up and out from the mire of this present world, a way of living that so many have demonstrated to us, that really works, immediately accessible through prayer and practice. Please help each of us to turn our minds and lives over to You, resting in Your hope and Your promises that we can count on You from now on, living the way that You always intended us to live. Thank You for the physical transformation that comes to our outsides as we honour You with our insides. We are grateful that You have brought us today to this understanding of Your truth. Amen.

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Rose DeShaw <rise370@gmail.com>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well said, Rose. God bless.


    Right on target, Rose! Thank you.


    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Rose.


    Good “food” for thought Rose.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Rose, so well done the way you placed the Bible verses.


    Yes. The twelve Steps would be excellent for all of us. There is a spiritual 12 step manual.


    Thank you, Rose, for this honest insight into your life and this uplifting message. God bless!


    Thanks for this devotion today, Rose. Very meaningful to me who struggles daily with her eating.


    Dear Brenda, thank you for an encouraging devotional and how to look at the change as an opportunity. Blessings.


    Rose, thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas how God can help us to overcome whatever our personal addictions are. Blessings.


    Jesus came to set us free! He helps me face each new day – with victory!
    Your Devotion is Brilliant, and you are a blessing, Rose.


    Dear Rose – thank you for sharing intimate details of your struggles with food. May God continue to strengthen you daily as you fight this addiction. God Bless your continued writing.


    That reminds me of Zig Ziglar. When we met him, he was quite slim, but he said he had been overweight on purpose – he never put one forkful in his mouth accidentally.
    (ON)


    Dear Rose – I have never thought about “no longer regretting my past”, probably because what brought me to the Lord was a friend’s ‘near’ divorce. That was nearly 50 years ago, and I still have moments when something from my past looms before me like a dragon!! My regret brings me to tears and to prayer. With your comment, I think I may be able to find relief from that – I shall be praying. Thank you.


    Excellent thoughts! Thanks for sharing Rose You always have thoughtful messages! You have lived an amazing life. I remember reading about your childhood plane trip!


    Dear Rose,
    Thank you for a devotional using advice prayers of victory in two ways.
    Keep writing.


    Thanks, Rose, for sharing this devotional with us! Amen and Amen! AA and other such programs point many to the source of all life… God. Christians add… as known through Christ Jesus. Blessings.


    Thanks Rose. O, how this resonates with me. Food and medications to sleep. I know I am a work in progress. But for the grace of God go I.
    I always enjoy your daily devotional writings.
    God’s blessings.


    Rose, I did so enjoy this devotional.
    In fact, I enjoy all your writings. When I read your devotionals Philippians 1:12 seems to always come to my mind.
    “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;” (KJV)
    Thanks for sharing!


    Hi Rose,
    Thank you for the good devotional. You are right, addiction of any kind is a real problem.
    Blessings.

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