11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Is it the grace of God that motivates your recovery? Your repentance of any kind? If not, then your attempts to stay clean and sober are futile, hard, and tiresome. Where is the peace and joy in that? Its no wonder so many "Christians" return to their vomit, their god(s).
For it is that force of grace that motivates a heart of gratitude, thanksgiving, that empowers every desire to worship and please God.
"... no strategy to combat sin can bring profound and lasting change if it is disconnected from the power of Jesus." ~Heath Lambert
This is where lasting freedom in Christ lays. When this isn't true or seems not to be, it is because you are more concerned with yourself and your addiction and your problems than you are grateful of the grace of Christ.
The danger that most people have in understanding grace is that we take it for granite and do not utilize the power of grace to make the changes that have been afforded to us through the blood of Christ, making our faith, walk, and our sober living consistent, healthy, & practical.
By gods grace he has giving us the power to obey and the strength to live the new life he has given us.
Is your sobriety based on the need or desire to be sober? Then most likely your sobriety is based on your sense of self-worship; Rather than a remorseful repentant heart that realizes that they have rebelled against a Holy God and have been given the power of grace to change.
Jesus justifies, washes, and sanctifies! Our only hope is in Him who has and is the power to bring us out of the bondage of our sins; i.e. Addictions & misc. lifestyle patterns that do not bring glory to God, but self.
The first step is genuine repentance by the confessing of our sin while seeking the forgiveness of a holy God and pursuing and seeking his transforming Grace by walking in faith and obedience.
Secondly, pray and ask for the grace to recognize and confess our sin otherwise we reject the grace that has been given us. (i.e. James 4:2)
Just as if we do dwell on our sins, our sobriety, our addictions, we are neglecting the grace of God by focusing on self rather than His holiness, His righteousness, and His glory.
By denying said grace we then cycle through guilt, shame, excuses, & inadequacies that continue the cycle that feeds our guilt and mental punishment bringing us right back to the very thing that started our addictions in the first place. Me!
Instead, move away from trusting in yourself as a solution to your addictions and approach the throne of grace where Jesus has already responded with Mercy to help you in time of need (i.e. Hebrews 4:16); Which is always!
"The sobering truth is that you do not have the resources to change within yourself." ~Heath Lambert
Consider 2nd Corinthians 7:8-11; If then by Gods grace we have a godly sorrow, rather than a selfish or worldly sorrow, over our addictions and idols we will then be able to break the cycle and continue to live in obedience and grow in a God honoring & glorifying life in peace, joy, and be free from the bondage of that sin. For godly sorrow produces repentance and motivates real and lasting change in salvation by taking advantage of His grace, not taking it for granted.
For without God's grace & a repentant heart with godly sorrow we will return, eventually, again and again to the vomit we continue to throw up!
So over and over again in this group it has been challenged and said, and I do attest and affirm, that religion or religious help groups or secular help groups do not change or help the route or cause of a sinful heart and all of its repercussions; but a lasting, active, honoring, glorifying, and pleasing relationship with the Holy God and Creator of this and every existence does and will deliver those with the heart to comply. Consider Davids response, a man after Gods own heart; 2 Samuel 12:13.
So, as a believer who puts his/her faith in Christ:
Sin is not a disease!
Sin is an issue of the hearts allegiance.
Where then should your rehabilitation lay? And, Where should your help come from.
No other is compatible with a believers journey to glory than a sanctifying repentant heart that seeks to glorify and please their Creator.
This leaves no room for religiosity or self help groups.
Steve Rouhotas Jr.