Unspeakable Joy Devotional

10-August-2019

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Addiction-When You Close The Door To Your Heart. How can someone say they love you one minute, and then hate you with such sincerity in their heart the next? But that’s what addiction does. It takes real feeling, real love, real connection and throws them into a blender to be lost to confusion and self-betrayal. There are days you tell yourself “you tried, but you couldn’t fix it….you’ll never be able to fix it.” Daniel 7:9a “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow…..”

When we know people we love who deal with addiction, it has tempted me to doubt God and myself, and makes me want to close the door to my heart and never open it again. But God sees everything and He cares about every moment, and He wants to lift the burden off our shoulders and place it on His own.

Daniel 7 calls our God the “Ancient of Days,” the One who came before all days and is in all days. He is holding ALL your days in His Ancient of Days, and He’s sitting on His throne, fully in control. And this same Ancient of Days tells us to practice “casting all your cares on Him for He cares about you” 1 Peter 5:7.

It is hard to love an addict. It’s hard to love someone who lives a code of rampant self-absorption and self-destruction. It’s hard to love when lies and deceit are a given. It’s hard to love an abuser of mercy and kindness. The Bible says love covers a multitude of sins 1 Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” But it feels like love just as easily enables sin in an addict. To love an addict is to invite pain. Love gets trampled by sin; mocked by sin.

The best thing you can ever give an addict is your confidence in the love of Christ displayed in the cross. It is the need for this love that binds addict and helper together. The shared need for the love of Christ will be your bridge of ministry over the long haul.

Remember faith, hope, and love.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

No matter what, our prayers have value, and they can help those who are struggling with addiction and move forward toward healing and rehabilitation.

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