The Gospel is the Answer to Addiction

I first truly encountered Jesus in 2012.

Before I encountered Jesus, my life was ruled by fear and anxiety.
I thought I wasn’t “good enough”. I was afraid to try in school out of fear of rejection if I did try. I was a listener and a follower. I drank too much. I started doing drugs. I came close to having to go to juvie.

I was going to church. I was involved in youth group.
Yet, I was living for myself.

In 2012, I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with my church. It was then where I finally realized that I had been enslaved by drugs, alcohol, and sex. I was a prisoner to these things.

It wasn’t until Jesus when I was finally set free.

Here’s the thing though.

So many people are still enslaved to their addictions. They’ve tried admitting they need help. They’ve tried going to support groups. They’ve been in and out of treatment facilities, only to end up relapsing.

They want to be set free of the addictions that are holding them down.

It took me years to finally be set free of my addictions – especially drugs. I didn’t realize how dependent and enslaved I had been.

To treat addictions, you have to go beyond the surface level recovery and behavioral modification programs.

Those are just temporary solutions.

You need to offer the addict hope, joy, and forgiveness.

You need to present them with the Gospel.

The Gospel offers up complete and absolute acceptance.
The Gospel offers up complete and absolute forgiveness.
The Gospel offers up complete and absolute grace and mercy.

The Gospel provides us with hope and joy that can only be found in Christ.

The Gospel presents us with the unconditional love of Christ.

Accepting Jesus and asking Him into your life isn’t a one time thing after a really emotional worship song at Bible camp. It’s a lifelong relationship with Christ, where you understand your need for Jesus. Where you have been forgiven no matter how badly you’ve messed up, how far you’ve run, or what you’ve said. The guilt, shame, fear, doubt and anger that you carry around, you can let go and drop that at the cross. In Jesus, you are filled with His peace, His joy, and His love.

In Jesus you are forgiven and set free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An open letter to the Addict

To that person struggling with addiction whether it may be alcohol, cigarettes, porn, food or drugs.

I know how you feel. I’ve had to overcome my addictions. It wasn’t easy, but I did so with help.

This is letter is for you.

Dear Child of God,

You were created by your Heavenly Father. He knew you before you were born and knows the exact number of hairs on your head. He knows your strengths and weaknesses. 

Struggles and weaknesses are all about being human…

We all have struggles. Whether it is addiction to sex, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, money, etc. There’s something we all struggle with. There’s something we struggle with saying no to, or something that we try and we continue to do it over and over again until we are held in chains by whatever is chaining us down. There’s something that holds us in bondage. 

but guess what? you don’t have to stay in that bondage. you don’t have to be chained to your addictions. 

Jesus bore the sins of the world so that we could be set free. He overcame death on the cross.

I’m not saying that it’ll be easy….in fact it’ll be hard. you may be tempted to order a glass of wine when you and your friends are out at a restaurant. you may be tempted for “one” more cigarette. you many say yo yourself, “I’ll quit gambling after I win $300”. Or maybe you say, “I’m not addicted to weed. I can quit at any point”.

You may have to attend meetings. You may have to have a accountability partner, someone who you can call when you struggle and are tempted. You need a support system.

Oh yes….it’ll be difficult. You may cry. Get angry. It may take weeks, months, years. In fact there may be times when you may backslide. There may be times when you want to give up and give in to that addiction. 

When I was struggling with addiction a friend once told me, “Every day that you say no to your addiction and temptation is a victory with Jesus”. 

You’ve already been set free by Jesus. John 8:36 tells us, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

You’ve already been set free. Lean on Jesus, friend. Lean on Jesus.
Lean on Jesus in the moments when you most struggle and are most desperate and tempted.
Don’t give up.
You can overcome with Jesus because you’ve already been set free from whatever is holding you in bondage.
You are free in Jesus. 

Ease and grace,


Elizabeth Louise