Focus: Encouraging yourself in the Lord
Philippians 3:12 (NKJV) Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
The best way to keep yourself clean on the recovery road is to not let down your guard, thinking you’ve ‘arrived’. Don’t forget for a minute—recovery is a journey, not a destination. The path you’re on doesn’t end and there is no stopping off point. You have to keep walking and stay on the road.
You don’t get lost while you’re on the right path. It’s when you decide to take a detour—or ‘see what that is over there’—that you get into trouble.
Now, you can listen and/or read!
Taking a break from scripture and other encouraging words is another mistake. You must continue to make a determined effort to keep yourself filled and fed with words of ‘life’—words that will keep causing you to remember where your true strength comes from and help you not to give up.
The Word of God is alive. It doesn’t matter how many times you read some of the words—they always have the power to give you life and new strength. You can know about the power in the Word—but you have to care enough to take the time to read it, in order for its power to be activated in you.
The way the Word of God energizes is a lot like electricity. You can have a powerful machine that is capable of doing you a lot of good. That machine might save you years of labor in your life—but the help it can give you won’t happen if you don’t put the plug into the socket and let the current start to flow to the machine so you can put it to work.
You may be faced with discouragement and temptation today. You have a choice to make. You can ignore taking some time to read encouraging words that will help—or you can get plugged into some scripture and let the power of God start flowing through you so you can keep fighting back.
Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
James 1:2-8 (NKJV) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Hebrews 4: 28-31 (NKJV) For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The way to stay clean and encouraged is by not neglecting to feed our spirit with spiritual food.
Declaration: I will find new strength and encouragement to stay clean by eating spiritual meals. My faith will grow if I feed it with the living power that comes from the Word of God.
All NEW STRENGTH posts are Copyright by Christina Cook Lee as of the date they were written and posted. Please request permission to re-post or re-blog. This material will be published as a book in 2014, by the grace of God. To subscribe to New Strength, select ‘follow’ in the upper left corner of this page.
For music selections that will help bring hope and encouragement during your recovery from depression and addiction, browse:http://www.youtube.com/user/NewStrengthMusic/videos?view=1&flow=grid