Spirit Compass is a fledgling Christian Addictions Recovery Ministry working to bring the healing power of Jesus Christ to bear upon the challenges of recovery.
“The son of man has come to save that which was lost.” Matt 18:11
Theories and speculation abounds as to whether the addictions problem is hereditary, sociological, a medical disease, moral failing, or trauma response. Whatever the cause, left untreated, the result is always ruinous. There is one thing however, upon which everyone can agree: substance use and abuse has the power to turn a person into someone they don’t want to be.
We are not only human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. It’s been said that what people are really seeking through substance use is a conscious contact with God. Whether the substance is legal or illegal, liquid, synthetic, or organic; drinking and using drugs is the quest for a spiritual experience, whether the person yet knows this or not.
When all other methods have failed, this same seeking can deliver the addict or alcoholic out of the pit; and it’s the pursuit of this relationship with God that can make recovery the most meaningful experience of a lifetime.
In the realm of the supernatural, alcohol and drugs open doorways to the psyche which can severely dimish the human experience. Mood swings, mild or erratic shifts in normal perception, the ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide’ syndrom of the practicing alcoholic or addict, the destructive behaviour, and the loss of control while under the influence, are all characteristic of negative and harmful entities that impair an individual’s mind/body/spirit connection.
“And whenever the unclean spirits beheld Him, they would fall down before Him and
cry out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” Mark 3:11
Jesus Christ is the unparalleled champion of recovery.
“And when evening had come they brought to Him many who were demon possessed; and
he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.” Matthew 6:16
Calling upon the holy name of Jesus Christ and applying the same trust and faith that was avowed to mind and mood altering substances will liberate the soul and heal the spirit. God will will answer every cry for help to get sober; He will lend his strength to help anyone overcome the dark nights of the soul that can seem insurmountable to the recovering person even after many years of sobriety.
“I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20
It is the human spirit finding right relationship with God first, that has the best chance for stability and long term recovery. All other forms of professional help will arrive in a timely manner when reliance upon God is established.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; rely not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Reading the Bible daily, connecting with a faith community through liturgical worship, submitting to the guidance of a loving Pastor, and keeping close company with other people who are succeeding in recovery will build the strong foundation for a life of freedom.
He waits for us to call on Him, to follow Him, and trust that He can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
“… neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
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