HIGHER POWER — GOD AS WE UNDERSTOOD HIM
We asked for God’s help, guidance and protection every day. In prayer, we admitted our distance from Him and that we suffered because we misunderstood Him and ourselves. In prayer, we began to see that God would meet us wherever we were, revealing His true nature and personality to us. Knowing that our addictions come from places deep within us, we asked God to touch us at the innermost place of our hearts and minds. And we discovered that God would do for us internally what others could only help us do externally. Ultimately, we came to realize that no external actions will change the internal, but internal changes will always change our external actions. In the past, nothing had been more powerful than our addictions, but with God’s help we could see this was going to change. Some of us felt that we had good reason to question God about the seeming inequities and unfairness about life. And so we did. Having honest questions and seeking honest answers from God is perfectly normal. Tough questions should never be ignored. Personally, I have found God always ready and willing to give real answers and real solutions when I am ready to listen and accept answers I may not like. Your Faith need not be perfect or without doubt to work. Be honest with God. Admit to Him the doubt you feel. Ask Him for His help. He will hear you. And He will help you.
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!"
Mark 9:22-23 NKJV
Medical professionals have told us that addiction is a learned and inherited disease. I call it the family dis-ease. It’s progressive, incurable and even potentially fatal. I’ve also come to believe that addiction is the most human of all dis-eases; a phenomenon that reaches entirely across the human earthly experience. It destroys bodily health, soundness of mind, emotional well-being, and spiritual development. If a person develops a physical disease such as cancer, there are treatments that may cure the cancer. If there are mental or emotional difficulties, there are effective treatments through medication, psychotherapy and support groups. If you want to recover from sexual addiction, you’ll have to address all of these with priority on the development of a personal and authentic spiritual faith. If you are willing to seek and discover the gift of spiritual renewal and wholeness, the physical, emotional and mental problems begin to heal as well. I know this from my own experience. I heal a little more every day.
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 NLT