God wants every person to live in freedom. Our heavenly Father always intended to have you live free from hurts, habits and hang-ups. Coming to grips with your issues and challenges is the first step. Honesty is the key to living a life of freedom.
We all have issues. We have to recognize that we have a problem before we can fix the problem. That takes courage and honesty.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.” – Romans 7:15-17
Why do we do the things we shouldn’t? The simple answer is that we want to play God.
Inherent in our nature as fallen human beings, is a desire to be in control. We want to decide what is right and wrong for ourselves. We don’t want anyone to tell us what to do. We try to control ourselves and others.
The consequences of playing God include:
- Fear — Genesis 3:10 says, “I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
- Frustration — Psalm 32:3 says, “My dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration.”
- Fatigue — Psalm 32:4-5 says, “My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to you and stop trying to hide them.”
- Failure – Proverbs 28:13 says, “You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins.”
Sorry to say, but you will fail at playing the job of God. You’ll simply end up running away from pain in your life and you will be tempted to self medicate. This is how we develop compulsive, addictive behaviors.
The road to freedom starts with one direct, powerful admission that can change your life: “On my own, I am powerless to fix myself.”
If you could fix yourself, you would have already done it. “Will power” alone is not enough. God’s power is greater than our tendency to do wrong. You need to plug into God’s power source and that begins with humbling yourself before the Lord, who loves you.
We never graduate from our need for God. Whether your issue is addiction, codependency, control, escapism, overeating or whatever it is, you can find balance and live in freedom. The Holy Spirit wants to help you. Admit your need. Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you. James 4:8
Thankfully, you don’t need to walk this out alone. To help individuals deal with hurts, habits and hang-ups, Shoreline Church offers Celebrate Recovery, a proven program to help people find freedom from their issues – not only addictions, but all sorts of things that hold people back from living a full life, including insecurities, perfectionism, fears, abuse and anger.
Shoreline is a safe place where you can be real about your issues, experience God’s love and walk into a new life of freedom.