Some of you may be thinking: “Is addiction a spiritual problem?” You betcha. Here, Rhonda Landry reviews the first spiritual principle of recovery from addiction and relates through personal experience on how you can start to get better. Read on for more about spiritual healing and addiction, or leave a message at the end about what do the twelve steps mean to you.
How to begin spiritual healing from addiction: Surrender
So you are in this pit, and you feel like you are in so deep you can never, in any way, climb back out, or perhaps you may not have enough motivation to do so! So, what can you do? The question, more importantly, should be: “What should you do?”
Do the only thing that works — surrender to God. You can’t be healed without the Great Physician; you can’t receive appropriate counsel without the Great Counselor; you can’t be comforted without the Sweet Comforter—the Holy Spirit!
Now, I know from experience that surrender may seem impossible, but is not just letting go of control, it is about resting in God. It is so amazingly wonderful, just to let go and rest right there in His big, strong, loving arms and know without a shadow of a doubt that He has you in the palm of your hand! He loved you first! When you know that: that is true freedom.
Love through the hurt of addiction
Knowing that the Creator of the universe loves you beyond measure, beyond what you could ever completely comprehend, and that He hurts when you hurt, is the key to healing! Knowing His love will allow you to rest in Him—the work is already done. Just let go and let God.
It becomes easy to let go when you finally understand that He has already done everything for you. He has already blessed you with every spiritual blessing, including healing you from this addiction, in the heavenly realms. God created the entire universe in six days. He rested on the seventh day so that we could rest in Him, because everything was already done. It is ours for the taking, and all we have to do is believe it and receive it. His abundant blessings abound because of His grace and mercy, which then enables us to be a blessing to others!
How can I surrender addiction to God?
You may be thinking, okay surrender, but HOW do I do it? Let me share my story with you. (Looking back now, I can see how God takes our brokenness and lets His beautiful light shine through the cracks of our soul so that we can minister to others.)
When my husband was in ICU in a coma dying from leukemia, I wanted to die with him. He was my everything. I was totally lost and devastated. I went back to the hotel room and lie prostrate on the floor, which is in the shape of a cross. I asked God to take my husband home so he wouldn’t have to suffer any longer. I then asked Him to somehow take all of my grief and turn it into something positive that could be used to help others.
Despite all of this grief that was inside of me, I could sense deep within that God was going to do exactly what I had asked for, that He was going to use all of my terrible experiences toward something good. It was the strangest thing. I was consumed by gut-wrenching grief, but this excitement way down deep in my spirit began to stir.
Offer your problems up to God
I know that this one simple act of humbling myself before God and saying, “Here God, you take this and do something wonderful for your kingdom with it” opened up the windows of Heaven and began my healing process. I was not only healed from devastating grief, but from a life-long battle with food addiction. In two years, I lost one-hundred and seven pounds.
Deliverance from addiction is one of God’s promises
Surrender is your first step to healing your spirit and it is the only thing that works! Addiction is bigger than you and you need God to take it from you. He WILL deliver you. Deliverance is one of His great promises and a Biblical pattern and principle! Believe it and receive it!
Spiritual healing and addiction
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