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Powerless

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.

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  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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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

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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.

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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.