But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! – Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
I chose this scripture, because it’s a good reminder that when you choose God first, good things follow. Like I mentioned in my previous post, when you are an addict or an alcoholic, it is SO easy to choose yourself, and we have to remember that we can not choose ourselves. When we choose ourselves, we make it easier to put other unimportant things first also.
By choosing ourselves, we tend to choose to let our emotions rule our thinking. When emotions control our thinking we make some crazy choices. “Shelly made me so mad! I need a freakin drink to cope with this”, “This is the dumbest thing I have ever had to do! I need a freakin pill to calm down” etc, etc. When in reality we should be praying for these people and these situations. This does not automatically give us the strength to deal with it, and that’s okay.
It does, however, take our minds off of the emotion at hand and allow us to grow closer to God, and slowly but surely, our first reaction goes from “I need x substance to cope” to praying for God to help us. And he will! God will not turn His back on you!
Even when it feels like He has, even when it feels like He is silent, He is still there protecting you and loving you. Have you ever drank so much or gotten so high you’re amazed you didn’t die? That wasn’t a miracle feat of your body, that was God working for you. He knew you had better days ahead, so He helped you through that.
How about, have you ever gone through a situation thinking God completely gave up on you? I’ll use a personal example. When I lost custody of my children, I felt like God had betrayed me. If He loved me, why was I losing my children? It’s simple, God knew I needed to recover and I couldn’t subject my children to that difficult beginning process, so He took them. Now that I’m in recovery, I am slowly regaining my relationship with my children. God didn’t abandon me, instead He was allowing me to recover, and protecting my children.
We are only human. We make mistakes. We are not perfect, and He does not expect us to be. But if we seek Him out, we are more likely to follow His will. Our error leads us to being alcoholics and addicts. But following His will, allows us to enter recovery and experience a whole new world.
You deserve to feel good, you deserve to be happy. Have a great Wednesday!