Sometimes we do so much wrong that God’s loving embrace has no choice but to knock the wind out of us and land us flat on our butts. Otherwise, we’d continue doing the same thing, recklessly taking advantage of His grace. I know because I used to do it on a daily basis. I thought as long as I confessed Christ as my Lord and Savior I could sin as much as I wanted so long as I’d repent.
God only allowed me to lie to myself so long.
I first felt the tinge of conviction when I found myself trying to escape the view of a passing church member in a Chilli’s restaurant a few years ago. I was at the bar and they were not.
Need I say more? That little incident only enticed me to “socially” drink at home.
God allowed me to stumble onto I John 3:9…
“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in Him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”
This revelation had me taking a long, hard look at my lifestyle. Who was I glorying by drinking myself into a stupor in an attempt to escape problems that only seemed magnified after the buzz wore off?
I realized that the liquor I regularly consumed behind the scenes wasn’t God’s seed and one that had to be uprooted. I thank God for His patience! In agony, one night I prayed for release. To think, for years I couldn’t even admit a problem existed before that moment. Alcoholics Anonymous was never necessary, but God became my strength to overcome a sickness that I’d hidden for so . I simply loss the urge to buy liquor, drink it, and I even had no desire to associate with anyone who indulged in what used to be my favorite pastime. God answered my prayer when I turned my will over for His.
Faith in Focus: On many days and nights, I was drunk like Noah, but God’s love covered me and gave me another chance.
Given This Day:
Dear Gracious Lord,
Thank you for Your mercy Lord. Please forgive me where I’ve failed to represent You the way You deserve. God help me be consistent and not resort to the strongholds of my past. Thank You for the strength to endure the path of recovery. I thank You that each day is a new victory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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