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  1. #91
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    Re: Relapse

    You can't get away from yourself. None of us can. So make peace with yourself, with who and what you are, and learn to love yourself the way we all are commanded to.

    People think loving our neighbor is difficult. When in fact, we are usually our own worst enemy, but Jesus has commanded us even so, to love ourselves and to stop being our own enemy. That is why Jesus has to be our Peace. Make peace with yourself, with who you are, with where you came from, with your choices up until this point. Where there is sin, confess. Receive God's forgiveness because He is merciful. Let go of the shame and the guilt and the regrets. Because you don't own a time machine and you cannot go back. You can only choose today, right now. Nobody can undo the past. But, we have a God powerful enough to redeem it.

    You know, we often think that self-love and self-absorption are the same. They are not. Self-love allows us to see ourselves the way God does. To give ourselves the value God give us. To treat ourselves the way God treats us, the way we know Jesus would treat us if He was in the room with us. Which He is, by His Spirit.

    Loving ourselves and being stuck on ourselves, are not the same thing. Okay?

    1 Corinthians 13 isn't just about loving others. It's simply about love. Period. First and foremost, we are commanded to treat God that way. Because that is how He treats us. We are commanded to treat ourselves that way also. Why? Because we're actually capable of it. Jesus never tells us to do anything that He doesn't know full well we are capable of. To do otherwise, would be cruel. God is not cruel. He only tells us to do things He knows we can do. ESPECIALLY when He is there to help us. Because God never takes Himself out of the equation when it comes to His commandments. He knows His own power. Okay?

    But we fail to love properly, and we come up empty. Then we go suck the life out of other people because we seek from them what we refuse to give ourselves. Things like acceptance, validation, affirmation. We're supposed to receive those from God, first of all. Then we give them to others. He is our Source, for love. We receive from Him, and give it out to others.

    God accepts us for who and what we are. No more, and no less. Jesus died for us, for the whole person we are. The good, the bad and the very ugly. That is what He wants.

    We can't give what we don't have, Linda. If your will is what you truly have that is yours ... then give it to God. If the messes you've made, is what you have ... then you give those to God. And, everything in between. All of you. Period.

    Everything else is illusion and make-believe.

    And then ... maybe go from surviving ... to actually living?

    Also, don't let your past decisions control your present life. If you made a decision in the past to choose drugs for self-destructive, control reasons ... now that you know Jesus and are a different person ... repent for those past ignorant, childish decisions and make new ones based on what you now know better. It's not rocket science.
    Last edited by Dani H; Feb 29th 2012 at 03:26 AM.

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    Re: Relapse

    I am changing to a new thread called recovery.
    Saved by Grace!

    Praying for Mieke and Charles
    Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation ; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


    My testimony
    http://bibleforums.org/forum/showthread.php?t=149096

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    Re: Relapse

    Line 2 is outstanding. For all things we must trust in Jesus, and He would rather see us working for Him rather than working
    only for ourselves. Find healthier and more Christian things to do! <><
    Thy Word is Truth...

    John 17:17

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    Re: Relapse

    The cravings and the impulses can take years to go away. If they really trip you up, I suggest a change of scenery...leave your old digs behind, start a new life somehwere where you aren't faced with the old triggers...and then don't seek out new ones.

    Get a job in a new town, and move...lock stock and barrel, and start over. I did this...with two young children, mind you, and it was the best thing I've ever done in my life. I was actually doing okay where I was, but I found it unbearable constantly run into exes, and people I had partied with in the past, and have to drive by my old haunts every single day...finally I just put out applications to every single locale I would be willing to live that were out of range...and I got the job I wanted some 200 miles away, in an excessively rural area, where NOBODY knew me and I knew nobody. It was a blessing. I was able to regroup. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to go to the store and not have to worry about running into people I really had no desire to see....not just party buddies and exes, but people who had known me for years and who always wanted to catch up...or who knew the kids' dad...it was exhausting, when all I wanted to do was put my nose to the grindstone, work, take care of my kids, and worship God.

    So don't give up, it's difficult, but you do have options. If you're overwhelmed by triggers and people from your past, then MOVE. Don't do it crazy, find a job first or a way to support yourself...don't jump into a situation that is dangerous or stupid, but think it out, set a goal and go for it, and just sort of bide your time until you get there.

    And God forgives you...if you repent, then you are forgiven. Try to forgive yourself and just pick yourself up and keep plugging away when you stumble. Eventually it will fall together..you just have to keep trying. The only people who fail are those who give up.

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