The journey out of addiction can be discouraging; I know it can. I’ve walked it. I’m still walking it. Those in recovery fight to overcome, and we lose more battles than we’d like. We live in a world of individualism and information overload, and some of that data needlessly triggers our unwanted behavior. The road is not easy.
But in Christ, we can overcome the sins that ensnare us. We have been granted the power and capability to conquer them, not for our glory, but for his. This doesn’t usually occur in a single moment of clarity but rather through ongoing growth in our faith. I’m immensely grateful to the Lord for this.
Big thanks to our brother, The Apostle Peter, for the reminder:
“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:2-8 ESV