“Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:10-11
At the heart of every alcoholic or drug-abusing addict is someone experiencing unbelievable pain. I know because, after every painful experience in my life, I desperately looked for ways to make the pain stop. My drug of choice was not alcohol or any substance. It was a knife to my chest, a rope around my neck, a hairdryer thrown in the tub, a swallowing of rat poison, a sitting in the car with a banana in the tailpipe and waiting for it all to end. My addiction was thinking of ways I could destroy myself. If I knew I hurt anyone, in my mind, I wasn’t worth living. I mean, I would cry if I ran over a squirrel in the street.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
He delivered me. He pulled me out of the fire I set, and showed me who I am in Him. My sister, the blood of Jesus removes every bit of our shame until nothing’s left but His glory resting on us. The truth of Jesus screams louder than the lies and any tormenting thoughts until we are saying what He says about us. The love of Jesus reaches deeper than any pit our hands could ever dig for ourselves until our hands are reaching up in praise. He cancels every condemning word spoken over us until we are standing tall and strong in His righteousness. That’s how deep His love goes!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for meeting me in my deep place. You are my Savior and my healer. You are my deliverer. Thank you for washing me clean and forgiving me. Over and over again, you met the depth of pain with a love that runs much deeper. Continue to teach me who I am in you and be glorified in my life. I am beyond grateful for your grace and mercy.