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Addiction can cause our lives to be full of contradiction... We know we have behaviors that are destroying us, but  we don’t know any other way to live. Letting instant gratification control us and then justifying our behaviors is a kind of insanity that seems comfortable. We feel compelled to feed our urges even when we don't want to; we continuously struggle with doing the same things—long past the moment when they brought us satisfaction.

This pattern clearly shows the depth our obsessions. We can’t stop what we’re doing even to save relationships, health or finances. In fact, our behaviors confuse us; it baffles us that we actually keep doing what we know is wrong.
That is the essence of powerlessness over our behaviors.

This puzzle proves just how out-of-control our lives can get. Whether it is something like a chemical addiction, relational dependency, gossip, or overindulgence in social media, we know “trigger situations” will tempt our choices. Still, we continue to be exposed to those situations and we fall over and over again.  Our mind rationalizes the contradictions and drives us back to the actions that give momentary pleasure, but endless pain.

Changing our pattern is possible and the first step is just accepting and acknowledging that we are powerless. That’s all we have to do to get started. God will lead us through the rest.

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isun 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

Prayer builds a loving relationship between you and God. God, this verse helps me realize how I am not the only one who continues to do the things I hate. In Jesus' name please give me the conviction to break out of those patterns and claim victory over every problem in my life. Amen.

 ------------------------------ Thinking It Through ------------------------------

  1. What things do you continue to do that you really hate?  Be specific.
  2. What is satisfying about your compulsions?
  3. For each item in your list from Question 1, identify a reason you originally got satisfaction from it.
  4. For each item in the list, identify why you now hate it.
  5. Consider how  acknowledging that you are powerless over these behaviors helps!

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I Will Not Be Shaken

Rough Road

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  
Psalms 16:8

Life can lead us down some very rough roads and it's in our nature to compensate with things that make us forget the pain:  drugs, alcohol, sex, work, fitness, busyness, shopping, food etc.

These things take our eye off the problem for a while but ultimately create new problems. If I have a rough road to travel, I need to stay on course otherwise I'll be stuck in a ditch and even be in the way of others.

Rough spots are a fork in the road with hard choices:

  1. The easy road where I take comfort in the things that lead me astray.
  2. The harder path: I stay focused on the destination. I take comfort in knowing that the Lord will not only guide me but use the experience to strengthen me in a new way.

I can't say it is easy. It's not... it IS a rough road. But when I choose to let Jesus walk at my side, I have a great teacher and counselor to trek with.

We have a spiritual enemy, Satan, who wants to keep our eyes off Jesus. His goal is to distract us with desires, false belief systems and activities that will weaken our relationship with the Lord. To win this kind of battle we have to be aware hat every temptation is an attack against our spiritual well being.

ispeak Fear will not shake my world because I am focused on the truth.

iheart Teach me, Lord, to keep my sights on you alone and remind me that fear is an indicator I am straying from the road you have for me.

 

A Song for the Road

We Will Not Be Shaken

Bethel Music

For we trust in our God
And through His unfailing love
We will not be shaken,
We will not be shaken,
We will not be shaken
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Though the battle rages
We will stand in the fight
Though the armies rise up against us on all sides
We will not be shaken
We will not be shaken
We will not be shaken

For in the hour of our darkest day
We will not tremble, we won’t be afraid
Hope is rising like the light of dawn
Our God is for us He has overcome

All those against Him will fall

For our God is stronger

He can do all things
No higher name we can call
For Jesus is greater
We can do all things

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Who Am I?

Every day we need to declare who we are in Christ.

This helps to destroy the lies we have absorbed from our past experiences. Saying these affirmations out loud is ideal because verbalizing who you are is even more powerful than just thinking about it. It is likely that what you believe about yourself has been based on things you heard or said and the best way to combat the negative garbage is with the truth of what scripture says about you.

I Am Accepted...

I am God’s child. John 1:12
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ. John 15:15
I have been justified. Romans 5:1
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17
I have been bought with a price and I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. Ephesians 1:3-8
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 1:13-14
I am complete in Christ. Colossians 2:9-10
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:14-16

I Am Secure…

I am free forever from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2
I am assured that God works all things together for good. Romans 8:28
I am free from condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:31-39
I am established, anointed and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
I am hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-4
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 1:6
I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. 1 John 5:18

I am Significant…

I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine. John 15:5
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:16
I am God’s temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16
I am a minister of reconciliation for God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm. Ephesians 2:6
I am God’s workmanship. Ephesians 2:10
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

(List by Neal T Anderson)

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Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.  Revelation 12:10

declare

No matter how Satan chooses to accuse me, Jesus has already won the war against these lies and has crushed every wicked scheme against me.

pray

Help me to recognize my negative thoughts and replace them with the powerful truth that you have spoken about who I really am.
~In Jesus' name. Amen.