Faith and Recovery
What is authentic faith? Is it a positive outlook on life? A holy hoping for the best? Is that how we see faith? That’s how I have seen faith. No authentic faith is the confident assurance in things unseen. Faith breaks common sense. It breaks logical debates and structures. It isn’t a mindless hoping for the best, or mindless stabbing in the dark. Faith isn’t the jump off the cliff and expecting to land safely either.
Faith is a word that speaks reasoned careful, deliberate, and intentional thought upon God and his promises. Faith isn’t nearly believing in God, but believing God. It’s taking God at his word. It’s living one day at a time, and one moment at a time in obedience to his revelation. Whatever the cost may be.
I long to be gripped by the coming realities that have been promised to me by God. I long for my life to be molded and formed by these realities. I long to live in victory as Christ Himself stated, “It Is Finished.” (John 19:30) before He gave His soul for my own. To live in this reality, I must have faith. Jesus tells us if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we could move mountains. The mountains he was referring to were a hill that was being taken apart and moved by the people of the time. But we can’t do this ourselves. We can’t grow our faith. We are not the author of our faith.
Jesus is the Author, Finisher, and the Perfecter of our faith. It is through a relationship with Christ does our faith grows. It’s not on our own accord. It’s through Him. He shows us what it is like to live a life that is sober; a life that is free. If you feel your faith is weak, it’s only because you are not focusing on what grows your faith. Put the phone away. Turn the TV off. Close the doors. Open the Bible and Read. Dive deep and open your heart. Allow your perception of reality to change to what God says through His diary.
It is finished
What does that look like to you? Do you see yourself laughing and playing with the kids? Do you see yourself turning down the vodka shots? What does it look like to you? Now, what does it being finished look like to God? Here is the test of faith, Ask Him to show you what it looks like to be sober. Then take Him at His word. Hold tight to that vision, thaught, the hope of the unseen and let Christ make it into a reality in your life through that daily relationship with Him. To Christ, it is finished. To Us, we have to live through the recovery process. It may not seem like it’s never finished. That’s where taking Christ daily at His word is important. I believe you can do it. I believe this because Christ said it.
You are not alone in this battle. There are others around you who have been through these same battles. There are others who are taking Christ daily at His word and living a life of freedom. It’s time to ask Jesus Christ, what does my sobriety look like to you?