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So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13 (NLT)

The were two things I was sure of in this world— One was that I knew I would use drugs and alcohol that day and the other was the inner turmoil that came with it. This inner self-torture was so horrific that I thought the only way to get rid of it was to get high and numb it out. I thought to myself, “ If I could just stay high all the time I would be fine.” I didn’t think there was any way out of my life of addiction. Well, except for jail or death. I know I didn’t want to go to jail. I couldn’t get high in jail and that would drive me crazy. But the other was death. I welcomed it. Anything to get me out of my misery. I lost all hope for myself. I was hopeless and empty.

There is hope for the addict. That hope is in Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and through the power of God the Father, He was raised from the dead. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross enables us to have a pathway to the Almighty God. It is through God’s power an addict will get clean and stay clean. God is a God of hope. All hope rests in Him. I thought I was a lost cause. I truly believed that I would never be able to change. I had the desire to stop, but did I have the desire to stay stopped? Many times I thought I did, but I failed over and over again. The only way to “stay stopped” is through the power and strength of our Lord and Savior.hope-1 God loves you and me. He loves us more than our parents love us. He loves us more than our spouses and children love us. God sees our pain. He counts our tears. He knows the number of hairs we have on our head. He knows us! He knows us better than we know ourselves. He wants us to reach out to Him. As addicts, we lose everything. But when there is nothing left, there is the God of hope.

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Dear Heavenly Father, please help me know there is hope in You. I can’t do this without You. You are my only hope. Please show me, teach me, rescue me and free me from addiction. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

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God never leaves us.  It’s hard for my mind to grasp that He is right here with me as I write this post.  But that’s what His Word says so I believe it, even though I may not feel it.   

For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him.  (Phil. 2:13 NLT)

How many times have I stumbled and He was there with open arms to welcome me back?  How many times have I grieved the Holy Spirit, yet He always gave me just the right amount of strength to turn from sin and ask for help?  While God cannot look upon sin, how many times has He assigned angels to protect me and see me through?

The answer is…… EVERY TIME!

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.  (1 John 1:9 NLT)

I have struggled with depression as long as I can remember.  I went through many years of my life wondering if God really wants me happy.  In fact, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out that He does want me happy!  I believed Satan’s lies.  I believed the lies I told myself.  Satan had told me for years that I shouldn’t be happy after all the things I’ve done.  I believed the lie that because of my sin, people will think I’m not sincere in my recovery if I walk around happy.

Something was working in me.  I was conflicted about this lie because some part of me told me not to settle for that and to seek out the Truth.  The Holy Spirit was always working in me, I just didn’t recognize it.  Although I was a born again Christian, I was very far from the Lord at that time in my life.  Yet, He was always there and working in me.

NEVER STOP GROWING.

“For it is God who is at work in you, but to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13 NASB)

God wants us happy.  He wants us to never stop growing.  He wants us to draw near to Him in our darkest times and through happy times as well.  He wants us to know Him intimately.  He wants us to hunger for His Word and pray to Him about everything.

I feel God working in me because I’m allowing Him to work in me.  When there is unconfessed sin in my life I feel…….different.  I’m uncomfortable even though I may not know why.  9 times out 10, it’s because He is convicting my heart about something.  I ask Him to convict my heart.  I ask Him to bring to the surface things I need to change, things I need to stop, and things I need to start.  One of the greatest things about God revealing these things to me is that He doesn’t judge me or think I’m a bad person because I have faults and weaknesses.  He gives me the desire to obey Him.  He also gives me the strength (the power) and just the right amount of faith I need to please Him.

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He is a wonderful, magnificent and all-powerful God.

Nothing is impossible through Him.

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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