I hate addiction. I hate how it changes people. The seductive lies, whispered until the person believes them. I hate how it steals, how it devours everything good in them, an insatiable monster, never satisfied. I hate how it robs people of hope. Has addiction stolen something from you?
Addiction stole my brother from me. But God used my brother’s addiction to convict me.
Everywhere I turn, I see lives smoldering from addiction. Like a fire, addiction reaches out with burning fingers, scorching everyone, not just the user.
Death nips at my brother’s heels. He is so caught in the chain of his drug use, that he can’t see a way out. Even though he wants to. His days are full of torment, but he can’t stop.
He has been through 12 different treatment programs, jail, and prison. Still, this disease has him in its jaws.
Part of me wonders, Lord, if it’s that bad, why doesn’t he quit? And the other part answers, don’t you think he would stop if he could. No one wants to live like that. He is powerless without Jesus.
And that’s when it hit me. What things in my life am I blind to? How many times do I complain about things that I can’t seem to free myself from?
My pride. I think that because I haven’t fallen as low as some, that somehow I’m stronger than them. I am not.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Jealousy. I look at certain people and I covet what they have. That multi-book contract, a beautiful and elaborate home, no money worries, and the list goes on.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16
All of us need saving. None of us have the strength to save our selves. If we did, Jesus wouldn’t have come to earth and died on a cross for us. If we could save our selves, then we would live a life free of pain.
Jesus came to save us all. It is our choice whether or not we let Him.
I can’t make my brother chose Jesus and freedom. No matter how much I want to. No matter how many tears I cry.
But I can choose freedom for myself. And so can you.
Chose today to give God everything that is binding you.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Please let us know your truth. Don’t let the enemy of our soul win with his lies. Let your Holy Spirit reveal the lies so that we may cling to Your truths. Your promise freedom, Lord, and you always deliver your promises. We claim victory is ours through the blood of Jesus on the cross. Thank you for your gift. Thank you for freedom.
In Jesus name, Amen.
If someone in your life suffers from addiction, here is my post on intercessory prayer.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.