Monday, July 29, 2013
Christian Recovery -- Moving Past our Fears
No matter what, we must remember that fear is our enemy! We must get rid of fear if we are to move forward in our Christian walk. Fear likes to stop us from doing what God has asked us to do. Fear makes us retreat when we should move forward. Fear has us standing still when we should be running into the arms of God. And fear will have us experience anxiety instead of joy.
For those who struggle with addictions, fear will keep you connected to the life that you say you hate. You fear being straight, which means that you fear reality and responsibility.You fear losing what you love, which is your alcohol or drug of choice. And you fear the pain of withdrawals. In other words, you fear having to suffer.
We all must suffer and we must allow ourselves to feel some pain as Christians. This is what Jesus asks of us, and it is what He modeled as he suffered on the cross. Here’s what Jerry Pineda, the director of our recovery ministry wrote on the last page of our book “Follow The Solid Rock Road: Pathway to Radical Recovery:”
“My personal message to those of you who want freedom is this: Don’t be afraid to suffer. Be more afraid not to. You’re not alone or without a purpose when you’re suffering for Christ. Most importantly, make sure to suffer all the way to the cross as Jesus did for you. It’s time to finish what you started. Your new life begins when you die to yourself and are resurrected into the life and love of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Many people use the acronym for FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real. What this really means is that most of our fears never happen. This is the trick of Satan who sets us up with fear so that we are anxious and worried, and filled with negative thoughts. The thing that we fear doesn't even need to happen for our lives to be a big bummer.
God has a remedy for fear, and that is to get into HIS thoughts. We need the mind of Christ in all situations, which we can get when we access the Holy Spirit that lives in us. The mind of Christ will give us peace no matter what is in front of us. And it will remind us that our fears are really all about our concern for our own lives. Christ suffered on the cross willingly because He was thinking about you and me.
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