Focus: Your purpose
Psalm 20:4 (NKJV) May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.
As with anything, recovery results are best if you stay focused on moving forward and work on cultivating right desires. If you’re not getting the results you want, maybe you should examine whether your heart is really set on being completely whole and free.
Most people’s automatic response to whether their heart is set on being completely whole and free, would be “Well, of course it is.” But the reasons why some people stop making progress and why others continue to improve can be complicated.
We already know that a common contributor to a person’s depression and addiction is relationships—and the reason many people don’t continue to make progress in recovery is also because of relationships.
If relationships have contributed to your problem, there is something you need to really consider when it comes to whether you will win your battle, stay clean and find your purpose.
In order to truly succeed in recovery, you have to want recovery with all your heart—regardless of the condition of your relationships. Nothing about your relationships may change, but you’ve got to be determined that you will make progress in spite of any problems going on around you. That’s part of ‘accepting the things you can’t change.’
You have to reach the point where your determination is so strong that nothing will talk you out of your decision. Hopefully, you’re getting there.
One thing that will help you, is if you work at developing a measure of ‘separation’ from your circumstances and people. I’m not talking about packing up and moving away. I’m suggesting that you learn to think differently than you have in the past. You can separate yourself from your circumstances and people in your mind, if you decide to. That’s ‘having the courage to change the things you can.’
The way you can do it is by separating yourself to the Lord and letting Him be the One you fall back on or turn to when things are weighing you down or tearing you apart. Surrendering yourself so wholly and completely to Him, that whatever happens around you is real and surreal—all at the same time. It’s really not as strange as it sounds.
God has a great purpose for your life, or your struggle would not have been so intense. He has a plan for you that is far beyond what you may have imagined. Can you embrace that? Well, if you can, then you have to know that these struggles you are dealing with are just part of what has been sent to shape you more perfectly for that purpose.
There is no greater thing you could accomplish in this life than to hit the bull’s eye and fulfill that specific purpose God intended for you when you were still in your mother’s womb. Since you came out, all hell has been bent against you reaching that destiny. Do you feel the fire starting to rise up in you at the mention of those words? It should be.
Knowing that hell is against you, should make you want to fight back. You don’t have to. You could just keep letting the devil have his way with you. You could just keep letting him convince you that there is no such thing as greatness in your future. But, he’s a liar and a thief. Hasn’t he stolen enough from you? Are you going to let him keep taking more?
Rise up! Get mad at the devil! Get determined to be true to the call of the Lord on your life. You can’t deny it. You wouldn’t still be alive if God hadn’t ordained it. He can use death—or life, but He’s clearly not done with you or you wouldn’t still be here, and you surely wouldn’t be still reading this. Deep in your heart, you want to believe that God can do something with you. You want to believe that there is some redeeming quality in all that you’ve been through. Well, there is.
The whole thing is about to kick in, if you will become determined enough to be completely sold out to letting things go the way God wanted them to go when He made you. The idea of that might scare you a little bit—or a lot. But it’s really up to you. God wants to grant you your heart’s desire—when you get your desire ‘right’. He wants you to learn to separate yourself so totally from your circumstances that nothing could keep you from succeeding. Ask Him what that means…
Declaration: I will find new strength as I surrender.
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